The drop of AirPlay support in Netflix's iOS app was first spotted by MacRumors, which found that attempting to access the feature resulted in an error message. According to Netflix, AirPlay doesn't give proper identifiers that allow Netflix to determine what device it's being streamed to, and thus doesn't make sure that their "standard of quality for viewing is being met".
"Therefore, we have chose to discontinue Netflix AirPlay support to ensure our standard of quality for viewing is being met", the spokesperson added.
The timing of Netflix's move to end support for AirPlay, coming as it did two weeks after Apple unveiled a rival streaming service, raised suspicions that Netflix was punishing a rival.
Netflix have now confirmed that AirPlay is "no longer supported for use with Netflix due to technical limitations". With AirPlay having been supported for a number of years, it's not clear quite what technical issues may have suddenly arisen, but the change does come shortly after the launch of Apple TV+. But, now, Netflix also seems to want no more part of Apple's AirPlay content beaming feature either.
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Something doesn't add upAll devices that carry the Netflix app must be certified by the company. The iOS app still also supports a second screen experience, via a Samsung smart TV for example. Netflix's interactive shows do not work on Apple TV either. Netflix has refused to participate in Apple's "TV" app and has stopped selling subscriptions directly through the App Store.
Mac and iPhone users have suddenly found themselves chopped off from the world's largest streaming service after Netflix ditched support for iOS devices on Apple TV and AirPlay-enabled TVs and smart speakers after supporting the service since 2013.
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