A select number of smart TV users will lose their Netflix privileges from today.
According to the streaming giant, some of Samsung’s 2010 and 2011 models won’t support Netflix from December 1.
Netflix cited ‘technical limitations‘ on some of the older models but insisted only a small number of people would be affected by the change.
It said: “We’ve notified all impacted members with more information about alternative devices we support so they can keep enjoying Netflix uninterrupted.”
Samsung released an official statement (via BGR) on the whole debacle and confirmed the bad news: “Due to technical limitations, Netflix will no longer be supported on some devices beginning on December 1st, 2019.
“Some older Samsung smart TV’s are affected by this change. In the future, Netflix can be viewed from many other devices capable of connecting to your TV.”
Anyone who owns a Samsung TV is advised to head to the Netflix site and check compatibility. The statement continued: “Although some of our older TV’s will no longer support Netflix directly beginning December 1st, 2019, many other devices you may have connected to your TV are still supported.
“As long as you have one of the supported devices, like a game console, streaming media player, or set-top box, you’ll still be able to watch Netflix on your TV.”
Elsewhere, there are worrying rumours that Netflix is preparing to clamp down on password sharing. The thought of having to buy your own subscription instead of relying on someone else is enough to send a shivers down your spine.
According to The Independent, Netflix is showcasing a stern stance on shared passwords. The issue was raised during Netflix’s Q3 2019 earnings interviews and led to a pretty definitive response. Greg Peters, Netflix’s chief product officer said, “We continue to monitor it so we’re looking at the situation. We’ll see those consumer-friendly ways to push on the edges of that.”
Peters added how he wants to address the issue without “alienating a certain portion of [its] user base”. Even though Netflix already allows you add a certain number of profiles to a single account, sharing passwords takes it up a notch.
The site explains how 35% of millennials share their streaming service passwords, 19% of Generation Xers, and 13% of Baby Boomers. Although Peter said he didn’t have “big plans” to announce immediately, he teased that change is on the horizon.