Netflix has stopped supporting Airplay on both iPhones, iPod touch and iPads citing Technical Limitations as the issue. The company made changes to its app over the weekend. The company hasn’t shared any specific information on why Airplay is suddenly not supported on iPhones.
The company first brought support for Airplay on iPhones back in 2013. Users can still access Airplay from Apple’s Control Panel but will run into errors when trying to stream Netflix content. The company earlier made it clear that they don’t want to merge with Apple’s TV plans. Netflix’s CEO Reed Hastings said that Netflix isn’t interested in offering its content in alternate ways. “We want to have people watch our shows on our services,” he said.
However, there is no perfect explanation given by Netflix as to why the company is blocking Airplay on Apple devices. According to Netflix’s support article (via MacRumors), the app supports cast feature on Android devices but doesn’t support Airplay.
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.