You all hit the nail(s) on the head. It's complicated and folks are passionate on both sides.
Couldn't there be the option of just renaming them on the Samsung
Yep, this is an option. We did something similar for Roku. The legacy Roku app became Roku Classic and the new Plex big screen style app claimed the spot in the store as the Plex app. We could do similarly for Samsung but it introduces a lot of user frustration.
We have a lot of respect for Rene's work and the community of users that enjoy his app and supported his work. Being conservative and only launching the existing app on 2016s introduced the least change for our users.
So is this a NO forever for the 2015 models?
Honestly I can't say for certain. We want to offer 2015 Tizen users the choice of apps. Although how and/or when this happens is undefined.
I have been looking and it appears that currently you are only supporting the 2016 "premium" models, however these are rather expenses, will you be supporting the 2016 "budget" models as and when they come out, I ask as I will be buying a new TV this year, and don't particularly want to pay £1500.
According to a post from Orca it's allegedly currently being tested for non premium models.
Having copy/paste issues today so I cannot link. But the post is* Player for 2016 Samsung TV's
**Obviously in the Samsung section. I'm sure Matt will confirm or deny this either way.