Netflix pulls AirPlay support as battle with Apple takes a new twist

Judy Cobb
April 10, 2019

A growing number of Netflix subscribers with iPhone and iPad hardware have recently discovered that they are no longer able to cast TV shows and movies to Apple TVs or other AirPlay-supported hardware via Apple's AirPlay protocol.

Netflix has pulled support for Apple AirPlay citing a "technical limitation".

It is not excluded that Netflix intentionally take such action in response to the fact that Apple recently introduced a similar streaming service Apple TV+, although the company denies this. However, Netflix later clarified that no issue with Apple prompted the move.

Apple's airplay is a feature that allows users who watch Netflix on their Apple devices to play on TV.

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Due to Apple allowing third-party TVs to support AirPlay, it has become hard for Netflix to differentiate between Apple TVs and other TVs, causing Netflix to be unable to "certify these experiences". But by pulling AirPlay Netflix make it hard for those users who used this features to pull this move with the help of Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, and other AirPlay 2 devices that are compatible.

It's hard to believe that Netflix doesn't have the technical capability to work with TV manufacturers and Apple to find a solution. The company explained this decision "technical limitation".

Some media also claim that it is Netflix attempt to limit the AirPlay functionality across different devices. For years, Amazon refused to sell devices like the Apple TV or Google Chromecast. While Netflix might have a problem detecting these devices properly, it made a decision to kill AirPlay support altogether.

It's true that most smart TVs already have Netflix built-in these days, and there's no shortage of other ways to get that content on your TV screen. However, some smart TV sets come with Netflix preinstalled, so you can opt to use it. The note was tied to a recent app update that dropped AirPlay support. Honestly, the assumption of Netflix trying to screw over Apple seems like a borderline corporate conspiracy theory.

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