Planned obsolescence — the idea that companies trigger or build in failures to the devices they make so customers have no choice but to buy new ones — isn't always what you think it is. That said, you could be forgiven for thinking, especially about tech, "They don't make them like they used to." Owners of certain television sets, for instance, will soon no longer be able to stream Netflix, unless they give in and buy entirely new TVs.
On Dec. 1, Netflix will no longer support streaming playback on older generations of Samsung smart TVs and certain Roku devices. Lifehacker has a list of the affected models; most of the Samsung devices were made around 2010 and 2011, while older, earlier Roku Players are likely to stop receiving software updates. "If your Netflix app does not support autoplay next, you are using a Roku that will be losing access to Netflix," Cord Cutters News reports. Samsung TV owners whose devices will stop playing Netflix should also be getting pop-up notifications alerting them to the change.
In case you are on the hunt for a new media-watching machine, Netflix has provided a handy list of compatible devices. While sundowning access for older machines isn't high on most people's lists when it comes to cause for alarm, it's worth noting that the streaming content wars will affect all of us, whether we buy in or not. We're willing to spend a certain amount on streaming services and entertainment, but with the proliferation of new providers, that might not last forever.