Netflix said it would give up supporting AirPlay protocol

According to foreign media reports, online movie rental service Netflix recently abandoned the AirPlay protocol that allows users of iOS devices and Apple devices such...
People use airplay to wirelessly stream the content from iPhone to the TV in the living room.

Netflix said it would give up supporting Apple’s AirPlay protocol

Netflix is a online company which provides online movie rental service, user can use their services to watch movie on the smart TV or screen mirroring the audio and video from iOS devices to big screen.

According to foreign media reports, online movie rental service Netflix recently abandoned the AirPlay protocol that allows users of iOS devices and Apple devices such as Apple TV to play its content online.

Netflix first started supporting the AirPlay protocol in 2013.

Recently, the updated information on the help center page of the Netflix official website mentioned its policy changes. The web page now instructs iOS device users to use the built-in Chromecast, Netflix second screen, or physical cable to connect to the TV to watch their shows.

According to related documents, due to technical limitations, Netflix no longer supports the AirPlay protocol.

Now, when users try to play Netflix content online on Apple TV or AirPlay compatible devices, they will receive an error message.

MacRumors website pointed out that the sudden suspension of AirPlay support is incredible.

Netflix first provided support for AirPlay in 2013, and it has persisted until this week. In addition, the company also allows users to access an independent tvOS application, which makes AirPlay a redundant display.

Although it has not been confirmed, Netflix may do this to strengthen content protection, as major TV manufacturers are beginning to integrate AirPlay 2 into their products. This means that users no longer need Apple TV to play videos online from applications that support the AirPlay protocol.

At the 2019 CES show, Samsung, Sony, and Vizio respectively stated that they would support Apple’s streaming media protocol in their upcoming TV hardware. South Korean technology giant LG also made such a statement in March.

Two days before Netflix stopped supporting the AirPlay protocol, Vizio released a beta version of SmartCast 3 software that supports AirPlay 2 and HomeKit.

Netflix is ​​working hard to bring its content and finances to its official channels, such as its own iOS and tvOS apps. In November last year, the company cancelled the in-app subscription option for the iOS application, effectively avoiding paying revenue share to the Apple App Store.

In March, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings (Reed Hastings) stated that his company would not join the rumored Apple subscription TV service at the time. A week later, Apple released Apple TV Channels and Apple TV+ at a new product launch event, but did not mention the addition of Netflix.

“Apple is a great company. We want people to watch our shows on our own services.” Hastings said at the time. (Tencent Technology Review/Lexue)

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