Here’s why you can’t use AirPlay with Netflix right now

Here’s why you can’t use AirPlay with Netflix right now
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Last week, Netflix removed support for AirPlay from its platform. That means you can’t beam Netflix shows from your iPhone or iPad to your Apple TV.

Instead, you’ll have to rely on the Netflix app for Apple TV, and use the remote for the set-top box to navigate the platform. Boo.

As per the streaming company, the reason behind this is Apple’s newly formed partnership with major TV makers to integrate AirPlay2 into their newer smart TVs.

Netflix told The Verge in a statement that because of this new development, it can’t identify if a user is beaming to an Apple TV, or to a smart TV (and that’s a problem for some reason):

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.

It’s hard to believe that Netflix doesn’t have the technical capability to work with TV manufacturers and Apple to find a solution. Hopefully, this is just a temporary issue; we’ll update this post with new information when we hear back from Netflix.

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