For some time now Roku has stopped supporting Roku players built in 2011 and before. This week Roku announced that they are ending support for more Roku players including the 2013 Roku 2 line of players.
Roku has finally decided to end support for older Roku players like the first gen Roku 2 and Roku 1—both released in 2013. To help with the transition, Roku is offering an exclusive deal for a $15 Roku Express to affected Roku owners.
As with all devices, someday support ends. The first gen Roku 2 and Roku 1 are now over six years old. The apps created today are far more complicated and require a more powerful Roku streaming player.
If you own an affected Roku player, your device will continue to work but you will no longer get new apps or features. So, you can continue to use your older Roku player, but you run the risk of the streaming service ending support for it. Recently, we saw Netflix end support for 1st generation Roku streaming players.
So, if you are worried about losing access to your streaming services you may want to take Roku up on their offer of a $15 Roku Express.
Here is the email Roku sent affected Roku owners:
Dear Roku customer,
Thanks for being a longtime Roku streamer. We see that you own a classic Roku player that’s many generations behind our newest devices. We’re reaching out to let you know that, as of November 15th, this Roku player will no longer receive new software updates, and to extend a special offer to keep you streaming well into the future.
What does this mean?
You can continue to enjoy this classic Roku player and stream your currently available channels. However, this Roku player will no longer get new features or streaming channels, updates to existing channels, or other software-related updates. You may also potentially lose existing channels if our partners decide to update their channel in the future.
Your exclusive offer for a new Roku player
We want you to enjoy streaming to the fullest with the latest features and channels, so today we’re providing this special replacement upgrade offer: a Roku Express+ for just $15, a discount of 50% off the regular retail price. Click here.
High definition streaming made easy
Roku Express+ delivers a faster HD streaming experience and includes optional composite cables if you’re connecting to an older TV. Best of all, your Roku Express+ will receive support for the newest software updates and channel releases, like the newly launched Apple TV channel and the Apple TV+* premium streaming service.
We hope you take advantage of this exclusive offer to enjoy all the benefits of the Roku streaming experience.
Did you get this email? Leave us a comment and let us know what streaming player Roku discontinued.
Did you know we have a YouTube Channel? Every week we have a live Cord Cutting Q&A, and weekly Cord Cutting recap shows exclusively on our YouTube Channel!