Published: Пн, Апреля 08, 2019
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Netflix "Discontinues" AirPlay Support on iOS Devices


San Francisco: Netflix has suddenly withdrawn support for Apple's AirPlay, a feature that let people watching Netflix on their iPads and iPhones to instantly play the content on their TVs, the media reported. If you were used to streaming your favorite TV shows on your iPhone and beaming them to your Apple TV, that's a feature you will now have to live without in the future. Which is especially odd given Netflix has supported it until, well, today.

Netflix has been increasingly at odds with Apple due to app store fees, complaining that Netflix was paying Apple billions for customers who signed up to their service using their iOS app while offering them very little service in return, and of course, Apple is also entering Netflix's market with their new Apple TV plans.

Or, at least it was. Recently, Apple has announced that AirPlay 2 support will be made available to select smart TVs from major manufacturers such as Samsung, Sony, and LG. In our testing Android devices can still cast to other devices like Roku but Apple TV users are out of luck when it comes to AirPlay.

The decision for the iOS app to drop AirPlay support may be part of a broader disagreement between Netflix and Apple, as the latter is preparing to launch a competitor in the streaming service space. Please try again later.

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This week Netflix rolled out an update to their iOS devices.

However, there is no ideal explanation given by Netflix as to why the company is blocking Airplay on Apple devices. At this stage, Apple or its partners are yet to comment on the matter leaving iOS users in limbo.

"We can't distinguish which device is which, we can't actually certify the we've had to just shut down support for it", a Netflix spokesperson says.

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