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Netflix has disabled AirPlay because it is not told which device gets stream

Mike Wuerthele
Sunday, April 07, 2019 at 06:42 pm PT (09:42 am ET)

Netflix has developed "technical reasons" for disabling AirPlay and claims that, as it can not determine which device stream sends due to a change in protocol, it will not allow the feature.

Netflix AirPlay

Netflix released AirPlay support in 2013.

In the statement for AppleInsider and other places, Netflix blames the removal of Apple's features and allows AirPlay on third-party TVs.

We want to make sure that our members have extensive experience with Netflix on any device they use. With AirPlay support that ships to third-party devices, there is no way we can differentiate devices – which is Apple TV from what's not – nor confirm those experiences.

Therefore, we have decided to discontinue support for Netflix AirPlay to ensure that we meet the quality standards for viewing. Members can continue to access Netflix on the built-in app on Apple TV and other devices.

At present, it is not clear what Netflix gets by knowing the television that is being used, other than collecting data. It is also not clear that a company from a technical point of view can not "certify these experiences".

Netflix has made it clear that applications on iOS and Apple TV do not affect the original playback on the device they are installed on. However, forward, users will not be able to use AirPlay to stream content to another device.

Changing application policies was noted on Friday in the update on the official Netflix Help Center website, which now tells iOS device users to connect to the TV using Chromecast on TV, Netflix 2. screen, or a physical cable. Users who try to upload video content to the Apple TV or compatible with the AirPlay device now receive an error message.

At CES in 2019, Samsung, Sony and Vizio discovered each of the upcoming TV hardware support for Apple's streaming protocol in separate announcements. The Korean technological div LG followed in March.

Netflix's AirPlay recall hit only two days after Vizio launched the beta version of its SmartCast 3 software with support for AirPlay 2 and HomeKit.

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