Los Gatos, CA – Netflix had recently begun sending out notifications to owners of older Vizio Smart TV models about the impending discontinuation of support on their devices, slated to occur on December 1st, 2019.
This will come simultaneously with Netflix also ceasing support for older Roku players, which was announced near the beginning of October 2019. However, that will only affect the first generation of Roku players from 2011 and earlier, specifically, the first two Roku models. The range of affected Vizio Smart TV models seems to cover more than one generation.
Although they have not released a full list of the affected models, tech analysts suspect that it may be those that are older than four years old. Any Vizio Smart TVs that use the older versions of the Netflix app by default will likely be affected.
Currently, the only way for Vizio Smart TV owners to know whether or not their model will lose Netflix support come December 1st, 2019, is if they receive a popup warning when they launch Netflix on their device.
The popup warning in question reads something similar to the following: “Due to technical limitations, Netflix will no longer be available on this device after December 1st, 2019. Please visit netflix.com/compatibledevices for a list of available devices.”
As was stated earlier, however, Netflix had still not updated their site to specify which Vizio Smart TV models in particular fall under the category of “available devices.” Sources are currently reaching out to both Vizio and Netflix to gain the specifics.
When asked about the reason for this sudden loss of support, the answer given by Netflix was “technical limitations,” presumably due to an update or overhaul of the system causing compatibility issues with the operating systems on older models of Vizio Smart TVs.
Some Vizio Smart TV owners have expressed their discontent at these developments, with one user commenting that the speed at which services overhaul their systems to the point that renders older models of Smart TVs obsolete at an increasingly faster rate defeats the purpose of them being “smart.”
However, it seems that this discontinuation is only par for the course, as Hulu had also stopped support for older Vizio Smart TVs and Roku devices in August 2018.
It remains to be seen whether Vizio Blu-ray Players will be affected by the loss of support, as Netflix’s site still lists both Vizio TVs and Blu-ray players as supported devices, but without specifying which particular models are supported or unsupported.