October 8, 2019
Netflix and Roku in 2008 created the subscription streaming video market with the launch of a branded “Netflix” player made in China by Roku.
Eleven years later Netflix is reportedly dropping support for some original Roku devices due to technology advances that render the players nearly obsolete.
Cord Cutters News reports that Roku devices unable to accommodate Netflix’s autoplay function would most-likely be affected. Devices include:
- Roku DVP (N1000)
- Roku SD (N1050)
- Roku HD (N1100)
- Roku HD-XR (N1101)
- Roku HD (2000C)
- Roku XD (2050X, 2050N)
- Roku XD (2100X ,2100N)
- Roku LT (2400X)
- Roku 2 HD (3000X)
- Roku 2 XD (3050X)
- Roku 2XS (3100X)
- Roku LT (2450X)
- Roku HD (2500X)
- Roku Streaming Stick (3400X, 3420X)
Netflix isn’t alone shunning old-school technology.
Roku itself in 2015 began dropping support for some of its classic devices manufactured between 2008 and 2011.
“We have made the difficult decision to no longer launch new streaming channels, update existing channels, push firmware updates, or develop the Roku mobile app for classic players,” the company said in a statement at the time.
Last year, Disney-owned Hulu sent out emails to select subscribers informing them about no longer supporting older Roku devices.
“In 2017 we turned Hulu into a personalized TV experience like no other. Among other things, our app went through a complete design overhaul and we launched Hulu with Live TV. In order to do that, we had to let some devices go.”
Hulu now supports the following Roku devices:
- Roku Ultra
- Roku Premiere and Premiere+
- Roku Express and Express+
- Roku 3 and 4
- Roku 2 (model 4210)
- Roku Streaming Stick (model 3500 or later)
- Roku TV