Smart TVs run on different operating systems and they don’t need the bug-prone Flash Player to browse the internet. Actually, if we’re talking about the Vizio E-series 65″ LED, this smart TV is more like an Internet of Things device which connects to a computer through a cable and the users can access preinstalled applications such as YouTube, Netflix or Facebook to browse the internet. This means that there’s no need to use Adobe’s Flash Player.
There are many smart TVs that run on a form of the Linux OS and they can be considered some sort of large non-touchscreen tablets. TVs that are also mobile-based are not able to play web-based Flash videos, and that’s because Adobe has given up on its player for the Android and iOS mobile browsers in 2011 and for Linux in 2015. We don’t recommend you to stream Flash-based video on your smart TV, because it’s a very bad idea.
The version 18.104.22.168 was Flash Player’s last version available for the mobile browsers, and this was the moment when Adobe lost the war against HTML 5 and continued to fight against this arising software. The smart TV owners have been confused when they stopped receiving updates from Adobe and they started to ask questions on forums about this issue.
In the past years, Samsung’s smart TVs were shipped with Adobe Flash 11.1 and ran on a version of the Linux operating system, but last year, the Series 5 were released with Tizen OS for TV, and Flash 11.1 was not included. The users have an alternative called Smart Flash, which is free and was developed by “enthusiasts” and adds modern support for embedded Flash video on Samsung’s models.
It’s recommendable for the users to avoid accessing websites that require the installation of the Adobe Flash Player for embedded video, if they don’t want to have problems.
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