Due To “Technical Limitations” Netflix Will Stop Working On Outdated TV Models
As streaming services go, few can keep up with Netflix. The streaming giant has continued to produce original content worthy of Academy Awards, and their endless catalogue of entertainment encapsulates everything from Hollywood’s latest dramas, comedies, and the TV shows that spawned iconic pop culture references. Theirs is a pervasive grip on our viewing habits, and even when the streaming industry becomes more competitive with the likes of Disney+ and Stan, Netflix continue to lead the charge.
While it’s certainly something to be celebrated, news that certain devices won’t be compatible with the streaming service has a number of consumers running to their nearest electronics store.
According to reports from Samsung, Netflix will no longer work on select 2010 and 2011 smart TVs sold by the manufacturer in the U.S. and Canada from December 1. The reason is heralded as mere “technical limitations”, but as the tech company is quick to point out in the announcement, “there are many other devices that can be connected to a Smart TV to continue enjoying the streaming service.”
While Samsung have made the news clear to their customers, Netflix have also broken the news to consumers via their help page. As the streaming platform writes, you will be notified as to whether or not your device passes the technical standards demanded for watching. “If you see an error that says ‘Due to technical limitations, Netflix will no longer be available on this device after December 1st, 2019,” it’s time to ditch your TV and get a new one.
“This message will appear multiple times before the specified date as a reminder,” states Netflix.
Ok, so Netflix may not run on your out-dated TV, but before you go searching for a Boxing Day sale on modern TVs, it’s not all bad news. If you’ve got a working laptop, you can still watch Netflix online, or alternatively use an HDMI cable from your laptop to your TV in an effort to bypass all of these constraints. But as many people can attest, if you’re going to go to such lengths as to secure a smart TV, you’d want it to be compatible with the streaming platform.
With the change coming into effect from December 1, you can expect to see the notification appear on your television soon, hopefully giving you enough time to request a new TV for Christmas should it be incompatible.