News from YouTube: full article here
The YouTube Flash app on older TV device models will no longer be available starting June 26th 2017. If your TV model is from 2012 or earlier, you likely have this older version of the YouTube app which looks like this:
In 2012, YouTube and our device partners started distributing an HTML5 version of the YouTube app for TVs. This app has many new features and other improvements that are not available on the older Flash app. We now think it is the right time to end-of-life this app because as we continue to roll out new features to the current YouTube on TV app (topic tabs, improved search, watch next, recommendations, better transport controls, etc.) the legacy devices using the Flash app cannot get them.
How to continue watching YouTube
If your device is impacted by this launch, you can still continue watching YouTube using the following methods:
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YouTube and TV manufactures aren’t giving you any option if you’re TV isn’t working anymore with probably the most used app on a smart tv besides buying some additional or a new device.
I feel that everyone who bought a 2012 or 2013 line-up tv and has no more YouTube support is being screwed by the tv maker. They should have made an update for their existing (another word for already sold) products if they sold their product as a smart tv. I can’t image that a car manufacturer would get away if they knew the tire would fall of in a few years and they didn’t do anything about it, waited until the tire felt off it and told you to buy a new car.
Wish they would make tv without any kind of smart function in it. I would even prefer that version of the tv if it’s the same price as an identical one with a Soc, extra Memory, Storage, WiFi, etc, etc.