Netflix's iOS app loss of AirPlay support could be due to a broader business disagreement between the two companies - as Apple is gearing up to compete head-to-head with Netflix. As things now stand, users will still be able to stream content from an iOS device to an AirPlay-equipped TV; it just won't be from Netflix.
San Francisco: Netflix has suddenly withdrawn support for Apple's AirPlay, a feature that let people watching Netflix on their iPads and iPhones to instantly play the content on their TVs, the media reported.
Netflix has been increasingly at odds with Apple due to app store fees, complaining that Netflix was paying Apple billions for customers who signed up to their service using their iOS app while offering them very little service in return, and of course, Apple is also entering Netflix's market with their new Apple TV plans. While Netflix might have a problem detecting these devices properly, it chose to kill AirPlay support altogether. "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".