Older devices running the Netflix streaming service will once again be made redundant as new updates break the platform on old Sony TVs and Blu-Ray players.
Causing a cascade of Netflix errors on older devices, Netflix is officially scrapping support for a number of platforms. Via FlatPanelsHD, the streaming service will be unusable on a variety of aging devices.
An announcement from Sony revealed that TVs made between 2011 and 2013 will be unable to use the streaming service without the addition of an Amazon Fire Stick or other smart device. This also applies to Blu-Ray players created in the same period.
“Netflix announced that after the end of February 2024, the Netflix app will no longer be supported on some 2011-2013 Sony TVs and Blu-ray Disc players due to technical limitations,” Sony announced. “You can continue to use the Netflix app until the end of February 2024. After this date, the Netflix service will be removed.”
Netflix’s decision to sunset support on older devices affects Sony’s highly popular HX, EX, and W series TVs. The X9005 and S995 television sets will also not be able to use the streaming service as well.
This isn’t the first time Netflix has ended support for older devices this year. Just two months ago, the streaming service did the same for older Samsung TVs as well as a host of other blu-ray players. However, this time around, Sony is killing support for 136 different devices at the same time.
With the large number of dependencies that modern TVs have on internet streaming and updates, Netflix can’t be expected to support every device. However, this does mean that the longevity of a television set is now fixed as the biggest services will abandon it after a decade or so.