Netflix Adds HD and AirPlay Streaming Support to Apple iOS Apps

Netflix Adds HD and AirPlay Streaming

Update also supports AirPlay streaming from the cloud

Netflix has updated its apps for Apple’s iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices to support HD video — and now lets users stream video directly to Apple TV set-tops.

The updated iOS app, published Thursday, supports Apple’s iOS 7 operating system, which includes AirPlay streaming directly to an Apple TV from the cloud (so you can use the Netflix app to play titles on the set-top). Previously, AirPlay required streaming video from an iPhone or iPad over Wi-Fi to an Apple TV.

In July, Netflix released an update to its Android app that delivers 1080p HD video for select titles, compatible with Google’s new next-gen Nexus 7 tablet with a higher-resolution screen. At the time, the company said it didn’t have a timetable for HD support on Apple mobile devices.

Separately, last week Netflix changed its policy for delivering higher-quality “Super HD” video, which the company says is comparable to Blu-ray, to all members instead of only those whose broadband providers are part of its content-delivery network. Super HD format is available on most devices that support 1080p playback.

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  1. adele_samantha says:

    Great article Todd. For those who live outside US like me, you can access Netflix, Hulu and similar media stations on your Apple TV by using UnoTelly or similar tools.

  2. I was able to find good advice frm your articles.

  3. Cayce A. Stoneburner says:

    Regardless of the many messages and comments when we downloaded IO7 when we stream from IPAD to TV we see the video on IPAD and audio on TV. Apple assistance says this is a NETFLIX problem. They are right we get video and audio on TV from

  4. Jim says:

    Was watching netflix fine yesterday via iPad 2 with Hdmi hookup. Now nothing, telling me to enable mirroring, don’t even have airplay. Wth

  5. Gareth says:

    I’m all for integration of platforms, but can’t really see the benefit of AirPlay support for Netflix on iPhone. That enables you to beam content directly from your device to Apple TV, but since Apple TV already had Netflix built in as standard, what’s the point?

    • Luke says:

      if you wanted to use your netflix account with someone else’s Apple TV. saves you from having to enable another device with your account.

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