Netflix Discontinued With Apple's AirPlay

Aadhya Khatri - Apr 13, 2019, 9:25 pm IST


Netflix's move to terminate AirPlay might be fuelled by the new Apple TV Plus

Apple’s AirPlay is making its way to TV service by other providers, but Netflix has decided to end the partnership last week and advice its users to switch to Netflix app on Apple TV.

Explaining this act, the video streaming platform’s spokesperson said that the company wanted to provide its users with great experience no matter what device they are using. When AirPlay available to other devices, Netflix could not tell whether users are streaming on an Apple TV or not. Viewers could still use the Netflix app to access the program.

This decision to discontinue with Apple comes after the company introduced its Apple TV Plus to join a head-on competition with Netflix and Hulu. Apple has signed contracts with household names in the entertainment sector like Steven Spielberg, Jason Momoa, Oprah Winfrey, J.J. Abrams, and Reese Witherspoon.

Here is what behind AirPlay and its former partnership with Netflix:

What Is AirPlay?

This beaming technology comes as a function that comes standard with Apple devices that allow users to beam what is on display on an iPhone, iPad or Mac to a speaker or TV located in close proximity.

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You can beam what you are watching to a bigger screen

Now with Apple letting devices other than its own Apple TV to support AirPlay, some products of providers like Sony, LG, Samsung, and Vizio will be compatible with the program. This change does not happen on Apple TV alone; other speakers can work with AirPlay along with the HomePod. Plus, users can play audio on a few speakers at a time.

If a device supports this function, it will have a label reading "Works with Apple AirPlay" on it.

Why Did Netflix Terminate The Partnership With Apple?

According to Netflix, when only Apple devices can use AirPlay, it could be sure that users were having a great experience with its services being displayed on Apple TV because no other device was able to use the technology.

How Does AirPlay Work?

Using AirPlay is simple and straightforward. All you have to do is to tap and switch for a few times. First, ensure that the TV or speaker you want the videos or audios to be played on is connected to the same Wifi network with your smartphone.

When you see something you would like to play on a bigger screen or a separate speaker, press the AirPlay button. The icon will have a distinct look in different apps. It usually takes the shape of a triangle under a rectangle.

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The symbol you should look for

If you are streaming videos from YouTube, look for a rectangle with a Wifi symbol. When you find it, tap it and choose the device you want to beam the video or audio too. If the device you start with is a Mac, not an iPhone, find the same icon. It should be in the playback controls.

What Should You Do From Now On?

If you do not want to use this beaming solution form Apple, many devices on the market now have their apps for Netflix.

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