Netflix will stop working on older Roku devices in December

The move is due to "technical limitations."

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Netflix will end support for older Roku devices by the end of the year.

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Netflix will no longer be available on certain older Roku devices after Dec. 1, according to a Roku representative. 

Because of "technical limitations," the models that'll lose Netflix support include the Roku 2050X, Roku 2100X, Roku 2000C, Roku HD Player, Roku SD Player, Roku XR Player and Roku SD Player, the representative said Monday. 

Cord Cutters News earlier reported the news, saying users began to be notified in early October.

Netflix will also stop working on older Samsung smart TVs next month, a representative for the streaming service said this week. 

"On Dec. 2, Netflix will no longer be supported on a small number of older devices due to technical limitations," the representative earlier told CNET in an email.

In addition, older Vizio smart TVs will lose Netflix support next month. A Vizio representative said technical limitations will prevent the streaming service from working on some Vizio smart TVs with Vizio internet apps that were sold around 2012 to 2014. A Netflix representative reiterated the company's earlier statement.

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Originally published: Oct. 14.
Update, Nov. 8: Adds details on older Samsung and Vizio smart TVs losing Netflix support. 3:10 p.m. PT: Adds Netflix's response on the move. 
Update, Nov. 11: Adds comment from Vizio.