From next month, Netflix will pull the plug on a number of streaming apps for Samsung-branded Smart TVs. For those who own one of the affected models, you’ll have to resort to using another method to get Netflix onto your television if you want to continue watching.
The change, which will kick-in from December 1, 2019, was first announced in a notice posted on the Samsung website.
Samsung and Netflix claim those impacted sets will be typically older models, so anyone who has recently treated themselves to a new Samsung TV won’t find themselves left in a Stranger Things-less world quite yet. And even if your Samsung TV is one of the models set to lose its Netflix app, there are a whole host of affordable ways to continue streaming from the immensely-popular video service.
Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and more offer whole host of different products to access popular video on-demand services, including Netflix, Amazon Prime, Apple TV+, YouTube, and more. Not only that, but any games consoles you’ve got lying around the house will also be able to stream Netflix and a bevy of other video on-demand services.
“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,” the note on the Samsung website reads.
“You can find a list from Netflix at netflix.com/compatible devices. 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.”
In response to the announcement, Mark Pocock, home comms expert at Broadband Choices commented: “Samsung is a big name brand when it comes to televisions, so this could potentially affect a lot of people in the UK who will not be happy about the prospect of losing their access to Netflix TV shows and movies.
“Individuals who don’t own an alternative device to stream the service through will no doubt be unhappy at the prospect of forking out money just to watch Netflix. Today’s news could mean a sharp increase in the number of customers either making the switch to other competitor streaming services or even investing in a brand of television that is compatible with all entertainment services.”
To be honest, the built-in Smart TV apps you’ll find pre-installed on your television are hardly ever the best way to enjoy a blockbuster new television season, or a movie night. These applications are rarely updated as quickly as Netflix apps on the iPhone, Android, or flagship games consoles.
Not only that, but the internals inside your TV are rarely as powerful as what you’ll find inside the likes of the Amazon Fire TV Cube, which has more RAM than an iPhone 6 and will be able to load-up Ultra HD streams much faster.
The news comes as Netflix has trialled a new feature to help you watch shows and movies at a faster speed than usual – skipping through boring scenes to race to the conclusion at the end of the season.