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Netflix axing support for older Samsung TVs and Roku devices next month

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TV’s aren’t the sort of thing you replace regularly – unless you’re the sort that has to stay up to date with the latest standards and resolutions. I think for most, if the TV hits Full HD and has some smart features, then it does its job. If that describes your relationship with TV, and you bought a Samsung set a few years ago, then it’s possible that your smart TV is going to lose a bit of its functionality.

Netflix has confirmed that some older devices will lose the ability to stream Netflix in the very near future.

“On December 2nd, Netflix will no longer be supported on a small number of older devices due to technical limitations. We’ve notified all impacted members with more information about alternative devices we support so they can keep enjoying Netflix uninterrupted.”

Of those devices, a number of older Samsung Smart Tv’s are included, along with older Vizio sets and Roku devices, neither of which affect us here in SA much as they weren’t available then.

According to Samsung, it’s down to technical limitations of the sets:

“Netflix has announced that due to technical limitations, as of December 2, 2019, the Netflix streaming service will no longer be supported on several consumer electronics devices, including some from Samsung.”

If you’re sporting one of the affected sets – sold between 2010 and 2011 – then you’re going to lose Netflix, but all is not lost. There are a million or so external media players that’ll give you Netflix and more. I’m still using the Xiaomi Mi Box I picked up forever ago, and it does a grand job, working not just with Netflix, but also DStv Now, and just about everything else. For the things that don’t work natively, the thing works a Chromecast too – and for its price, I really can’t recommend it enough.

Last Updated: November 11, 2019


  1. HvR

    November 11, 2019 at 14:53

    Having jumped through hoops to get local services like Showmax going, this type support ending.

    I have come to the conclusion, best long term media center solution is still a cheap small form PC with a free OS and using the browser interfaces.


    • R1ker

      November 11, 2019 at 15:53

      I am using my xbone to stream netflix. I have a surround system at home and the problem when using a browser is that it only stream then in stereo. I like my surrounds when watching movie. Seeing that i don’t get to the cinema that often anymore i try to create the experience at home. That is why i am not a bif fan of the showmax and dstv now apps. They only stream in stereo. At least amazon and netfix got proper sound going.


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