Using Netflix on an old Apple TV? Bad news

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In an email addressed to its users and in its FAQs dedicated to using the streaming service on an Apple TV, Netflix is ​​clear: “Netflix will no longer be available on 2nd and 3rd generation Apple TVs after July 31, 2024.“After this date, you will therefore have to buy a more recent version of the Apple box (4th generation or one of the three generations of Apple TV 4K), or go through another means (connected TV, internet box , Android media player…).

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Netflix in turn buries the old Apple TV

Based on modified versions of iOS, the 2nd and 3rd generation Apple TVs were launched in 2010 and 2012 respectively. From 2015, the following ones offered their own operating system, tvOS, accompanied by an App Store . In the eyes of Apple, but also of Netflix, these old Apple TVs are therefore clearly obsolete.

Netflix does not provide the exact reason for the end of this support, outside of the classic “maintain the best possible experience with Netflix“. It remains to be seen whether the application will still continue to function to a certain extent and whether the only constraint is that it can no longer be downloaded to these devices. A complete shutdown of the application still remains. the most possible, Netflix probably wanting to avoid potential security concerns on old Apple TVs.

Millions of boxes in the trash?

According to the last rough count in 2013, around 13 million 2nd and 3rd generation Apple TVs had found homes. So many boxes that are potentially still functional and risk ending up in the trash if they are not used for anything other than Netflix. For those who would like to embrace modernity by staying with Apple, the latest version of the case dates from 2022.

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