Netflix is ditching support for these older Apple TV streaming boxes — upgrade before the next binge-worthy show premieres

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Netflix fans who happen to watch their favorite TV shows via 2nd and 3rd-generation Apple TVs might need to consider upgrading to a newer model after the streamer warned that it will drop support for those devices soon.

In an email sent to subscribers, Netflix warned that it will no longer support the older Apple TV hardware after July 31, 2024. The move means that owners of those devices will need to upgrade to something newer, like the excellent Apple TV 4K.

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The news, reported by AppleInsider, didn't come with any specific explanation other than the fact that Netflix believes it has to take this step in order to "maintain the best possible" experience for subscribers. It isn't yet clear what prompted the decision, however.

Apple TV 4K (2022) 64GB |$129.99 $89.99 at Verizon

Apple TV 4K (2022) 64GB |$129.99 $89.99 at Verizon

The latest Apple TV 4K is the best yet, but it's a costly purchase. Thankfully, this deal saves you $40 but it might not hang around for too much longer.

The older Apple TV devices do not support the App Store which means that there are plenty of reasons to upgrade to a newer model beyond this Netflix news.

The current Apple TV is available with 4K support as well as up to 128GB of storage. You'll need to get the big storage option if you want to use Ethernet connectivity, but for those who just want to watch their favorite TV shows, there is little reason not to buy the 64GB entry-level model. Note that the 64GB model doesn't support Thread smart home networking, however.

Apple hasn't updated the Apple TV hardware since 2022 so a new model could be in the works but rumors have so far been sparse.

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Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.