Do you still use an early Roku player to stream Netflix? You’ll need to upgrade soon if so. Netflix is ending support for some of Roku’s oldest players after December 1st. This includes the Roku HD, HD-XR, SD, XD and XDS as well as the NetGear-branded XD and XDS.
You should receive an alert if you’re affected. If your Netflix app can’t auto-play the next episode in a series, you’ll know you have an older device and have to move on.
This is not a surprise. Roku itself warned us in 2015 that it would stop updating players made in May 2011 or earlier. These vintage boxes stopped receiving new material a long time back. You have probably already moved on since. Roku’s latest players start at $30, and it is likely that you already have a TV or game console with a modern Netflix app.
However, this may affect some viewers. For instance, Roku has stopped selling players with composite and component inputs a long time ago, so you’re out of luck if you want to watch Netflix on an old TV that doesn’t have HDMI. You’ll have to upgrade your set and player at the same time. That’s the way it goes with tech.
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