Sadly true...My first stick was a 4 year old device. I had a new streaming stick+ on hand so I tried that but have the same problem. I am running a 3 year old Roku 4 on my primary TV and have never had any issue with it.
So, my recommendation to folk who ask is to buy the top priced Roku device or steer clear of Roku and try a firestick. It at least works.
I also have an old Apple TV device which delivers top flight performance BUT, its operator interface is a horror so I find myself seldom going there.