Last week, Netflix’s iOS app mysteriously dropped Apple’s Airplay support, citing ‘technical limitations.’ The company is now reportedly pinning some of the blame on Apple’s decision to bring AirPlay support to third-party TVs.
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Apple’s effort to bring AirPlay support to third-party TVs is a nice perk for consumers—unless you’re trying to stream Netflix from your iPhone to the TV.
Last week, Netflix’s iOS app mysteriously dropped support for Apple AirPlay, citing “technical limitations.” However, the company didn’t elaborate at all, prompting many to wonder if Netflix had (another) beef with Apple. It was only last month when Apple announced its own ambitious plan to enter the streaming wars with Apple TV+, which will arrive via an iOS update in May.
But over the weekend, Netflix suggested to The Verge that Apple is to blame.
“With AirPlay support rolling out to third-party devices, there isn’t a way for us to distinguish between devices (what is an Apple TV vs. what isn’t) or certify these experiences,” Netflix said. “Therefore, we have decided to discontinue Netflix AirPlay support to ensure our standard of quality for viewing is being met.”
The statement doesn’t exactly clear up the situation. But it implies the problem is less of a true technical limitation and more about Netflix not liking the way AirPlay works over non-Apple TV devices. But no mention was made of the company trying to fix the issue. For now, customers will just have to access Netflix through the built-in app on their TVs, or through an Apple TV media streamer, the company said.
So far, Apple hasn’t commented on the whole issue. The company’s AirPlay 2 support will be arriving to new and some existing TVs from LG, Samsung, Sony and Vizio. You can find a full list of the exact models below.