Netflix has almost replaced traditional TV mainly because of enhanced accessibility and seamless continuity.
You can pick up a movie, a series or any other content where you left off.
Most of us have Netflix in our smartphones, laptops and TV sets but things are going to change. Netflix might no longer be available on some of the Samsung Smart TV devices.
Samsung has revealed that due to certain ‘technical limitations,’ Netflix will not be available on ‘older Samsung smart TVs.’
The official statement issued by Samsung on its website reads: “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.”
Samsung also suggested ways of accessing Netflix from devices that are not supported anymore, saying: “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.
But this statement from Samsung has been taken down since the posting. So we are unsure at the time, which devices and if Samsung devices will at all be affected by the change.
For now, if you are not sure whether your smart TV will support Netflix or not, you can check the list of supported devices here.
Another hot topic regarding Netflix is the announcement from the streaming service saying it will take serious action against users who share their passwords.
According to Greg Peters, Netflix’s Chief Product Officer, the company hopes to resolve password sharing issue without ‘alienating a certain portion of [its] user base.’
At the recent third quarter of 2019 meeting of Netflix, Peters 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.”
The Independent had an extensive article on Netflix password sharing which tells how password sharing is contrary to the very business model of Netflix.
Netflix is based on the concept of every family having their own account that they can share among themselves.
Netflix has the provision of sharing a single account among members of a family by giving separate viewing profiles, one for each one of a family, for instance.
According to Magid – a consumer-centered business strategy and custom research company – the password sharing problem that Netflix is facing is a ‘generational issue.’
Magid concluded that even though just nine per cent of Netflix users share their passwords, the thing to note is that 35 per cent of the millennials share their passwords, which is more than Generation X and Baby Boomers combined.
These two generations have 19 and 13 per cent users sharing the passwords respectively.
Around 10 percent of the users not paying the service charges might not look too much but there’s the other side of the story.
Netflix has 137 million active subscribers, which means 13.7 million users are not paying $9.95 every month, causing a loss of $135 million to the streaming service.
Sharing the password is not just bad for Netflix, it is also risky for the users sharing it as it can lead to compromised privacy and identity theft.