A few days before it was announced that Netflix will cease to work on some Samsung, Vizio and Roku devices, a company representative offered more details as to why the old devices will not support streaming video service.
The measure will affect a small number of people with them at home. The problem seems to lie in compatibility issues with new software, as Roku specified that the affected players use Windows Media DRM, while Netflix uses Microsoft PlayReady since 2010.
Samsung did not give specific details and simply said that this situation affects televisions sold in 2010 and 2011 in the United States and Canada. The latter is not entirely true, as some affected models of the C and D series were also distributed in Mexico.
Regarding Vizio, the televisions that will cease to be compatible as of December 2 are those sold between 2012 and 2014 that use Vizio Internet Apps (VIA). To continue enjoying Netflix, the company suggests purchasing a newer model with the VIA Plus system. Great! 😀
If you are in the affected group, the most affordable option would be to buy a Chromecast. Netflix is also compatible with current and previous generation video game consoles (Xbox 360, PS3) as well as cable decoders.