×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Netflix’s iOS App No Longer Works With Apple AirPlay

UPDATED: Netflix users can no longer launch videos or control playback on Apple TVs or other AirPlay-compatible devices from the streamer’s iOS app, a change Netflix says is due to “technical limitations” and not a business disagreement with Apple.

Netflix first added support for Apple’s AirPlay in 2013. AirPlay is Apple’s content-sharing feature that lets users play videos, photos, music and other media from iOS devices on Apple TV and select AirPlay 2-enabled TVs and smart speakers.

Now, according to an update on Netflix’s support site, “Airplay is no longer supported for use with Netflix due to technical limitations.” The drop of AirPlay support in Netflix’s iOS app was first spotted by MacRumors, which found that attempting to access the feature resulted in an error message.

A Netflix spokeswoman said the company decided to phase out support for AirPlay because Apple is extending the feature to devices in addition to Apple TV — and Netflix is unable to guarantee its service will work on those third-party devices.

“We want to make sure our members have a great Netflix experience on any device they use,” the rep said in an email. “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.”

Popular on Variety

Netflix continues to be available on directly on Apple TV devices (second generation models and later) via a native app, according to Netflix’s site.

Netflix says the discontinuation of AirPlay support from its iOS app doesn’t stem from any business disagreement between the two companies. That may be, but the change comes as Apple is gearing up to compete head-to-head with Netflix.

At a splashy, celeb-studded event two weeks ago, Apple announced “Apple TV+,” its own subscription-streaming service that represents a direct rival to Netflix. Apple’s subscription VOD lineup will include original content from Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Steve Carell, J.J. Abrams and Sesame Street. The tech giant says Apple TV+ will launch in fall 2019, but hasn’t announced pricing or other details.

Apple also announced a redesigned Apple TV app that provides a unified experience for accessing TV shows, movies and third-party services across iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac, smart TVs and streaming devices. Slated to launch in May 2019, the updated Apple TV app includes a “channels” storefront that will sell à-la-carte subscriptions to HBO, Showtime, Starz, Epix, CBS All Access, Noggin and others — but not Netflix.

Netflix has opted to not work with Apple to integrate the streaming service into in the updated TV offering, according to CEO Reed Hastings.

At a press event last month, Hastings explained that Netflix wants to control the user experience within its own app, which is why it isn’t working with Apple. “Apple is a great company,” Hastings told reporters, but said, “We have chosen not to integrate into their services.”

More Digital

  • Billy Magnussen Aladdin

    'Aladdin' Spinoff With Billy Magnussen's Character in the Works for Disney Plus

    Disney is developing a spinoff of its live-action “Aladdin” with Billy Magnussen reprising his Prince Anders character. The unnamed project is in early development for the studio’s recently launched Disney Plus streaming service. Disney has hired Jordan Dunn and Michael Kvamme to write a script centered on the haughty Prince Anders, one of Princess Jasmine’s [...]

  • Bernie Sanders Trump win

    Bernie Sanders Vows to Break Up Comcast, Verizon & AT&T: 'Their Greed Must End'

    Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders unveiled plans to launch publicly-funded broadband networks and break up big internet providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T Thursday. “Their greed must end,” the Sanders campaign wrote in its high-speed internet policy proposal. The campaign argued that high-speed internet access should be treated as a public utility, [...]

  • The Office

    Streaming Wars Heat Up Rerun Market as New Services Stock Up on Hits

    In a year in which more than 500 scripted series are on the air and new streaming services seem to debut nearly monthly, some of the biggest money being thrown around for content has gone to a handful of old TV shows, the kind that for years have hummed along evening television without much fuss. [...]

  • The Irishman

    'The Irishman' Nabs 17.1 Million U.S. Viewers on Netflix in First Five Days, per Nielsen

    Martin Scorsese’s mafia saga “The Irishman” was watched by 17.1 million unique Netflix viewers in the U.S. in the first five days of its streaming release, according to Nielsen estimates. By comparison, Sandra Bullock-starrer “Bird Box” scored nearly 26 million U.S. viewers in its first seven days of availability (Dec. 21-27, 2018) on Netflix, according [...]

  • Amazon, HBO Max, Netflix Dish on

    Amazon, HBO Max, Netflix Dish on Their International Plans

    It’s different strokes for different streaming folks as Amazon, HBO Max and Netflix lifted the lid on their international plans in London this week. Amazon said it’s not in the volume game and talked up a select number of hyper-local shows, while Netflix dished on plans to rev up non-English-language originals. The message from HBO [...]

  • NOBODY’S LOOKING

    Daniel Rezende on Netflix Brazilian Series ‘Nobody’s Looking’

    Having premiered on Netflix Nov. 22, “Nobody’s Looking” marks the first collaboration between Gullane and Netflix – their second, “Boca a Boca” is in development- and comes from a long list of new projects that the streaming giant has announced with it’s $87 Million investment in Brazilian content. The series embodies the streaming platform’s push [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content