Netflix Will No Longer Be Available On Certain Samsung Devices
We're used to Netflix being available pretty much anywhere, at any time - ready to let us continue binging at the drop of a hat.
But soon that's set to change - for some Samsung smart TV users, anyway.
Samsung has announced that, as of next month, the streaming service will no longer be available for some 'older Samsung smart TVs', crediting 'technical limitations' for the change.
A notice on the tech giant's website said: "Due to technical limitations, Netflix will no longer be supported on some devices beginning on December 1st, 2019. Some older Samsung smart TVs are affected by this change.
"In the future, Netflix can be viewed from many other devices capable of connecting to your TV."
It continued to explain there are still ways you can access Netflix if your smart TV is no longer compatible, adding: "Although some of our older TVs 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/compatible devices. 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."
If you're in doubt about whether or not Netflix will work on your device next month, you can browse a full list of Netflix's supported devices here, including steaming media players, smart TVs, games consoles and set-top boxes.
Meanwhile, Netflix has announced plans to crack down on users who share passwords, which is obviously one of the most universal TV practices out there.
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Chief Product Officer Greg Peters said that Netflix hopes to address password sharing without 'alienating a certain portion of [its] user base'.
Speaking at Netflix's Q3 2019 earnings interview recently, he said: "We continue to monitor it so we're looking at the situation. We'll see those consumer-friendly ways to push on the edges of that."
You see, according to The Independent, when users share passwords, they are essentially sharing a single Netflix account, which naturally circumvents Netflix's business model, according to which each household needs to have its own account.
Users are already able to share accounts by setting up several viewing profiles on a single login, but password sharing ramps it up a notch.
Magid - a consumer-centred business strategy and custom research company - reports that the password sharing problem might be a 'generational issue'.
The company suggested that overall it may be only nine percent of customers are sharing passwords but 35 percent of millennials share passwords for streaming services - this is more than Generation X (19 percent) and Baby Boomers (13 percent) together.
Magid explained that 10 percent overall might seem low but if you look at Netflix and their incredible 137 million customers, 10 percent means 13.7 million people not paying $9.95 (£7.66) a month. That's over $135 million (£103.9m) in missed opportunities.
Then there's the added element that you may be opening yourself up to the possibility of fraudulent activity, as Magid says sharing passwords is a risk that could result in identity theft via their other accounts.
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