Netflix announced a few days back that it has removed the support for casting videos between Apple devices via AirPlay due to “technical limitations”. The feature was previously available for all iOS users who used to cast videos on Apple TVs from iPhones or iPads, and was introduced back in 2013.
Although Apple TV and other Smart TVs have their own in-built Netflix Apps, the AirPlay seemed to be more convenient for a lot of iOS users. If you head over to the support page of Netflix, you will see this message:
Airplay is no longer supported for use with Netflix due to technical limitations.
Netflix does not want to spoil the user experience since AirPlay support is being added in more devices. This can have effect on the video quality and other aspects of viewing which apparently cannot be handled by the company. So, the company has decided to kill the AirPlay support for iPads, iPhones and Apple TV and users will no longer be able to use it.
A Netflix spokesperson said:
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.