Not exactly for no reason, supporting older devices requires man power which is a limited resource. The more time spent supporting legacy devices the less room for development and innovation.and that's why embedded services sucks. You buy something that for no reason one day just does not work anymore.
There is a cost to maintain an app on a TV for a long period of time.sorry, but that's just BS. I get that they can't provide some new stuff for this or that reason but if they have a working app on platform X and they still provide content that X can consume than there's no reason to cut it of. No manpower needed for working stuff.
The thing is that this pattern is waaaaay to common in the update era HW across all devices and platforms that is just wrong to ignore that or be OK with it.
In Croatia we are currently switching from DVB-T to DVB-T2 but hevc so a lot of people will need new TVs or STBs but that is something that can be justified since spectrum is limited as it is. But shutting of a working device just because its working app version is lower than a.b.cde is BS. I would get it if 90% of content would be UHD with DV/HDR10+ and ATMOS but since it's the other way around it's just wrong doing for end user.
I don’t think you can really compare a missile defence system to John’s old Panasonic ET65 that won’t load iPlayer any more.Or they just don't have to change it since there's really no need to.
I mean, when it comes to some really expensive military/space/medical/bank equipment or systems than things can drag for decades but when it comes to regular folks than they get middle finger salute every now and then just like that.
Meanwhile e-waste is just piling up all over the world.
so you just stretched something for 20 or so years and compared that to EOL after 4-5 years????You need to consider it more akin to an operating system on PC. My Windows 10 PC won’t run a CAD program I used at school in 1999, but it will let me play games in glorious 4K at 120fps or more. But that PC I used CAD on in the tech department at school back then? I’d be lucky if that played Quake at 800x600.
There comes a point (right or wrong) that developers need to call it a day on supporting legacy devices and just move on to the next thing.
Apps that connect to something over the web e.g. Netflix, do not last forever because the API underneath them provided by the data supplier (Netflix) change over time.so you just stretched something for 20 or so years and compared that to EOL after 4-5 years????
I agree that everything has to or will stop working eventually but your computer from 1999 can still run all the software that it came with. And here we are talking about how suddenly things that still could work just don't because someone somewhere decided to restrict access to certain version of apps. My tv which is SONY C series from 2015 can't do any of those modern wonders and is probably as capable as those Vizios and yet they still support it.
Dick moves. Nothing more, nothing less.
I totally get how all that works and what is happening behind the curtain but again, there's no really good reason for that in most cases. Ever heard of backward compatibility?Apps that connect to something over the web e.g. Netflix, do not last forever because the API underneath them provided by the data supplier (Netflix) change over time.
If I write a Netflix app today and it works and then I change nothing and the TV changes nothing, then the app will stop working in the future - months or a couple of years. This will happen because Netflix change their API and no longer support older versions of the API after a certain time. So even though I do not change anything and my TV does not change anything the app I wrote will suddenly stop working. TV manufacturers don't usually like users to see apps stop working so if they know that an API change makes their existing app unusable they have the choice of updating the app (which costs development time) or pulling it. In this case Vizio have decided to just pull the app.
Well, it's not terrible for you, me and people who knows how to get around it. But try to sell that explanation to my mother, some grandmother and so on.However, it is hardly a terrible situation for a TV owner as for about £30 you can get an Amazon Fire Stick, Roku, Google, etc. that will have all the main apps. These devices will continue to work for a much longer time as the companies behind them invest heavily in supporting them. (Although even these devices are only supported by their manufacturers for a certain period of time.) Most LCD manufacturers wont be able to afford to make this kind of investment in supporting hardware.