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Posted: 10/29/19 07:46am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It it really that surprising? They are computers. Does Microsoft support all versions of Windows? At some point technology advances to a point where it is no longer feasible to make something backwards compatible.

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Campfire Time wrote:

Smart TVs aren't such a smart idea after all. No surprise there. It's the equivalent of a VHS player or DVD built into a TV. Sooner or later it's obsolete. Don't buy a new TV. Buy a Roku and keep your TV where it is. Our TV at home is 11 years old. I only replaced the Roku once due to being too old to support the latest streaming apps, like Netflix.

Same here. I wish I could buy a non smart tv. I just want a tuner and 4-5 HDMI ports. The tv makers don't do a good job of keeping their products updated.


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Thanks cavie! It was Best Buy.

I still like going to a real store and talking to real people when it comes to this tech stuff.

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dieseltruckdriver wrote:

I wish I could buy a non smart tv. I just want a tuner and 4-5 HDMI ports.


Easy, don't setup the wifi / connect to a network. The smart TV is now a dumb TV.

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Posted: 10/29/19 08:52am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

At one time the in-laws had a set like this with all the family pictures on top. When the TV blew they popped out the old tube and slipped in a flat screen. Never did look right but the family pics still had a home [emoticon]

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Posted: 10/29/19 09:28am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I had been using an DVD interface device to access Prime/Netflix and got a similar notice a while back saying they would no longer support my DVD ... with a bit of research I discovered that my Internet Provider (Xfinity) already had developed interfaces to both and I just tossed the DVR box and used Xfinity as the interface. Worth a google.


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I received a letter from Sony saying my Blu-ray would no longer support Netflix. They suggested I buy a Firestick from Amazon. They included a discount code which made the $25 device free. I am happy.

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ps: Oh, the "other gadget" is an Insignia HDMI to RCA Converter.


If this is the issue, it is not at all a surprise. HDMI has been standard in most televisions for well over a decade at this point. Even the public airwaves have been digital for a good 10 years (I want to say 2009?).

RCA cables are analog transmitters, I'm actually surprised you could use them with current streaming services at all.

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My Response would be to cancel my account.


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I believe It’s the hdmi port that it contains isn’t up to the proper codes.. ie it the older port allows the signal to be pirated. I have no idea what the current code is up to 3-4 ? but if the hdmi device doesn’t support the codec it won’t play the content. I think I saw somewhere where older hdmi devices would no longer support new content. The beauty ( for the content providers) of the hdmi input is they can block content on un authorized equipment or as they change codes the older connections can’t.


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