Due to ‘technical limitations,’ streaming giant Netflix has dropped native support for Apple’s AirPlay which allows Apple devices like iPhones, iPads, etc. to directly stream to TVs and other screens.
Netflix streaming via AirPlay has been supported since 2013 and there haven’t been any major revisions to AirPlay that would break Netflix compatibility.
Officially, Netflix explains the decision in a statement to The Verge saying that the growing number of third-party devices that support AirPlay 2 has made it impossible to distinguish between or certify devices and thus ensure a level of quality up to Netflix’s standards:
“We want to make sure our members have a great Netflix experience on any device they use. 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. Therefore, we have decided to discontinue Netflix AirPlay support to ensure our standard of quality for viewing is being met. Members can continue to access Netflix on the built-in app across Apple TV and other devices.”
Unofficially, the move is being seen as a retaliating move against Apple which recently tubthumped its proposed rival streaming service Apple+ which includes deals with many major competitors.
Though a minor inconvenience more than anything, especially with so many other ways to access Netflix from Smart TVs to media boxes, it’s just the latest move in an increasingly frosty relationship between the two tech giants. Netflix declined to participate in Apple’s new one-stop TV app which allows you to launch content from a multitude of streaming services. They’ve also stopped allowing people to sign up for Netflix within the iOS app in December 2018.
Source: Cult of Mac