Netflix, one of the most popular streaming providers of our time, removed AirPlay support from the iOS app a few days ago. But why? Now there is a statement from Netflix about this "innovation".
If you wanted to watch a Netflix series or a film comfortably on your iPhone / iPad and transfer it to your TV via AirPlay, you could always do so easily using the Netflix app. But that is over now! Netflix has removed support for AirPlay from the app with an update.
Many users complained about this update from Netflix or even canceled their subscription to the streaming service. From my point of view, this is absolutely incomprehensible - a SmartTV with a Netflix app is available from a few hundred euros and an AppleTV is a good, long-term (but slightly more expensive) investment. If you don't want to invest in a new television, you can also use a Google Chromecast and stream Netflix to your device, for example.
With the presentation of new television models with integrated AirPlay, Samsung ( read article ) and LG ( read article ) have shown further possibilities of how AirPlay can be implemented without additional devices. And it is precisely this innovation that Netflix uses as an argument why AirPlay support was removed from the app - more on this below in the article.
Fortunately, you can download your own Netflix app from your own store for applications on almost every smart TV and use it without any problems.
But why has Netflix actually removed AirPlay support?
At Netflix it says:
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.
Since Netflix itself does not (no longer) know whether the device connected via AirPlay is an AppleTV or not, Netflix has decided to deactivate support for AirPlay in the iOS app.
The company wants to ensure that the user has an "ideal experience" with the use of the application and thus comply with its quality standards.