Last week, Netflix announced it would be pulling its app from a handful of old devices, including older products from both Roku and Samsung. The streaming giant's initial statement remained vague in why it was pulling itself off the devices. Now, the company has explained itself further in a new report. According to one Netflix spokesperson (via Giztmodo), it's all a direct result of aging technology that the company no longer wants to have to support. “We’ve notified all impacted members with more information about alternative devices we support so they can keep enjoying Netflix uninterrupted,” the spokesperson said. While the quote itself doesn't provide much, Gizmodo says the streamer won't be able to run on devices running Windows Media DRM, an older digital rights management suite from the Redmond-based tech giant. Since Netflix upgraded from DRM to Microsoft PlayReady, it's ditching support for the older devices still using the older software package.
"Although some of our older TV’s will no longer support Netflix directly beginning December 1st, 2019, many other devices you may have connected to your TV are still supported. You can find a list from Netflix at netflix.com/compatibledevices. As long as you have one of the supported devices, like a game console, streaming media player, or set-top box, you’ll still be able to watch Netflix on your TV."