Published: Sun, April 07, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Netflix removes Apple AirPlay support from its iPhone and iPad apps

Netflix removes Apple AirPlay support from its iPhone and iPad apps

As things now stand, users will still be able to stream content from an iOS device to an AirPlay-equipped TV; it just won't be from Netflix.

Now, according to an update on Netflix's support site, "Airplay is no longer supported for use with Netflix due to technical limitations".

Netflix has stopped supporting Airplay on both iPhones, iPod touch and iPads citing Technical Limitations as the issue.

Netflix has confirmed that its iPhone and iPad apps no longer off AirPlay support for casting content to TV sets. Netflix removing AirPlay support from its iOS app comes at the wrong time as Apple recently opened up AirPlay 2 protocol to TV makers and it is slated to make its way to TVs from Samsung, LG, Sony, and Vizio via a software update. However, if AirPlay support is to be re-enabled, Apple and its third-party partners will need to work out a method for identifying devices over AirPlay so that Netflix can then optimize the content over AirPlay accordingly.

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However, Netflix continues to be available on directly on Apple TV devices (second generation models and later) via a native app, according to Netflix's site. The tech giant says Apple TV+ will launch in fall 2019, but hasn't announced pricing or other details.

Netflix has already made it clear it wants nothing to do with Apple's TV.app one-stop viewing spot or the upcoming Channels feature where people can subscribe to additional services from within the same interface as Apple's own, also upcoming, TV+.

The days of beaming your favorite Netflix show to your Apple TV are officially over.

Apple and Netflix clearly are at war and the missing AirPlay functionality from the Netflix app is a casualty of that.

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