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The Netflix app for iPhone and iPad no longer appears to support AirPlay, based on an updated support document found on the Netflix website.

According to Netflix, AirPlay is no longer supported on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch due to "technical limitations." There are no details from Netflix on what those technical limitations might be.

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Several MacRumors readers have attempted to use AirPlay with the Netflix app over the course of the last few days and have run into issues doing so from the Netflix app.

AirPlay can still be initiated using the Control Center on an iOS device, but when attempting to test the feature, we were unable to get Netflix content to play and received an error message.

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It's not clear why AirPlay support has been removed from the Netflix app. The feature has been available since 2013 and it was working up until this week.

Netflix apps are available on the Apple TV, consoles, smart TVs, iOS devices, and more, so there's not a real need to use AirPlay to watch Netflix content, but there were instances where it was convenient to use.

Netflix has in recent months been making efforts to better protect its content. In December, Netflix stopped allowing customers to sign up for Netflix within the iOS app, and Netflix has never opted to participate in Apple's TV app, making it unavailable in the "Up Next" feature of Watch Now.

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings recently confirmed that Netflix had no plans to be a part of Apple's TV plans and said that Netflix isn't interested in offering its content in alternate ways. "We want to have people watch our shows on our services," he said.

Update: A Netflix spokesperson provided further explanation on the company's decision to discontinue support for AirPlay on iOS devices, attributing it to the rollout of AirPlay support on third party devices and an inability to distinguish between them:

"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."

Article Link: Netflix App for iOS No Longer Supports AirPlay Because of 'Technical Limitations' [Updated With Netflix Statement]
 

vmistery

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I don’t really use the TV app anyway as it’s mixed between rent, subscription, free and paid content which I find irritating. I’d rather it just showed me everything I’m subscribers too and what I’ve purchased on one section then another section for buy and rent. Netflix however should be careful, the less easy they make their content to access the more people are likely to cancel unless they get some really big hitting series.
 

WiseAJ

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I don’t really use the TV app anyway as it’s mixed between rent, subscription, free and paid content which I find irritating. I’d rather it just showed me everything I’m subscribers too and what I’ve purchased on one section then another section for buy and rent. Netflix however should be careful, the less easy they make their content to access the more people are likely to cancel unless they get some really big hitting series.

The current TV app is a mess, but I installed the tvOS beta on my Apple TV just for the new app UI and it is vastly improved. I really wish Netflix would play ball and integrate it for up next etc. it’s not like it would hurt them any. They just want to be a selfish kid though and not share there toys.
 

Eorlas

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Don’t you have an Apple TV to watch Netflix. The app is still ok Apple TV interface right?

There's probably 10 different ways one might watch Netflix, and AirPlaying is far away from what I'd probably go for. Streaming down my ethernet connection directly to the app on my console, tv app, apple tv, laptop, etc would be far more advantageous than AirPlay.

I'm really not understanding the panic and anger in this thread.
 

EugW

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I don’t think I have ever used AirPlay for Netflix. There wasn’t much need considering all my devices already included Netflix, including my phones, tablets, smart TVs, consoles, Blu-ray players, Apple TV, Fire TV Stick, other media streamers, and computers.

I just did that. I hope they will pull their heads out from the sand before it's too late. First they cancel all the Marvel Originals, now this? For me it's too much!
Disney has been pushing to bring everything in house. My guess is Disney wanted too much for the licensing fees for the Marvel shows and Netflix just said forget it. Plus those shows were already quite expensive to make I’m sure.
 
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supercoolmanchu

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Netflix has serious software issues. No wonder they lamed out on AirPlay, they are barely holding the core functionality together.

The recent Apple TV app has become incredibly slow to load, the scrolling behavior glitchy, and times when it becomes unresponsive and can’t get back to previous menus.

If poor functionality aside wasn’t enough, the UI is horrendous. The auto-play trailers (often w/ mismatched ‘library’ music) are a war crime. The poor sorting and redundant categories are just lame ways to pad their library.

But you know... ever two months subscribers get a new Netflix logo on the load screen, along with double the app load wait.

They should fire their entire software department.
 
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