If you are a long-time Roku streaming player user and subscriber to Netflix, it might be time to invest in a new Roku media player, integrated Roku TV or one of the brand new Roku Smart Soundbars.

That’s because Netflix has announced that its new and improved streaming app will no longer work with certain legacy (that means old) Roku media players, dating back to 2008.

Roku confirmed for us that “due to technical limitations, Netflix will no longer be available on select older Roku players after December 1, 2019. These devices include models Roku 2050X, Roku 2100X, Roku 2000C, Roku HD Player, Roku SD Player, Roku XR Player and Roku SD Player,” the company said in a statement.

The list of affected models is longer and according to Cord Cutters news includes such once-popular streamers as the Roku XD and purple Roku LT that was introduced in 2011.

This should not come as a big surprise as Roku itself announced back in 2015 that it would no longer be supporting or updating some of its earliest media streamers made between 2008 and 2011 as its players and OS platform advance to keep step with changes in the IP technology universe.

Neither Roku nor Netflix revealed any contingency plans for Roku users and Netflix subscribers who may be left stranded with this transition. Those at most risk include anyone who might still have an older pre-HDMI television set dependent on composite or component RCA-type analog inputs.

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Roku stopped adding new Roku media streamers with analog connection support several years ago, and more recently even the latest versions of some of its best-selling media streamers have discountinued support for optical digital audio output. The exception would be the new Roku Smart Soundbar, which does have a digital optical input to work with certain televisions that might lack sufficent HDMI-ARC support.

Fortunately, if you have since upgraded your television to a newer HDMI-equipped version, you can add a new and improved 2019 HD Roku media player the Roku Express for as little as $29.99 or a 4K/HDR (the Roku Premier) version for just $10 more. Those prices will be found for even less, when the players are on special.

Back in 2015, Roku announced to customers with legacy boxes made between May 2008 and May 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 Roku players,” the company said.

Older Roku and Roku-based players that are affected include Roku HD (2000C), Netgear XDS (NTV270), Roku XDS (2100X), Netgear XD (NTV250), Roku XD (2050X, pictured above), Roku HD (N1100) Roku SD (N1050), and Roku HD-XR (N1101 and N1000).

When Roku launched its first product in May 2008, it was the first device able to stream Netflix to TVs. The company has since added more than 2,000 channels available through its platform, but older models provide access to only 1,200 of those.

By Greg Tarr

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