NEWS: Netflix drops Airplay support

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    1. Andy Bassett

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      This trend will, unfortunately, continue as the fragmentation of Television services continues.
      None of the companies want to provide customers with choice, they want to keep their customers firmly within their controlled ecosystem.

      Ultimately, it's an own-goal, as it drives away the very customers they are trying to keep. Consumers want interoperability - they want the ability to access any service, from any platform and they become ever-more frustrated when companies stop this or make it difficult.

      Customers resent paying for services which they cannot access on their own terms.

      Regards,
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      Maybe I'm stupid and not thinking this through, but I cannot think of a reason to airplay something from Netflix from phone/ipad /ipod etc to my apple tv.... I just use the apple tv app, or could use the internal tv app. Why do people do this?
       
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      Cant say I have ever air played anything. I suppose there is a reason to do it for some but I have netflix on my phone, iPad, access it on my Mac, it is on my TV, Apple TV, Blur ray player and BT TV box.

      Bothered?
       
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      Exactly, I'm like you, cant understand the need for it! I've airplayed music to a speaker, but that's about it
       
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      In situations like this, it seems to me that it’s a solution waiting for a problem. Netflix was probably correct in its decision, but it’s obviously a swipe at Apple.

      Clem
       
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      Netflix are trying a special "mobile devices only" low-cost option in some markets - I rather suspect that's why they don't want people to AirPlay that out to TVs.

      As for why you might AirPlay something when you've got an Apple TV; the remote on that thing is a monstrosity and I can see why someone might rather find the programme they want to watch on a touchscreen instead, even if it means you get a reduction in image quality.
       
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      I like the remote :)
       
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      Love the remote, perfectly functional, slim, tactile, great design, would never complain about it
       
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      But it is very unlikely that Netflix needs its customers to cast via Airplay to a TV anyway. Name me a TV manufacturer who doesn't already include Netflix's smart app on their TV? Surely most customers will be accessing Netflix directly via the TV as opposed to streming it via an iOS device and getting inferior audio and video?

      Which Netflix customers aren't getting what they pay for? I've iOS devices I use to watch Netflix on, but I've never felt the need to stream from them to the TV. It is far easier to just launch Netflix on the TV itself. If it were not for this thread and Netflix's announcement then I'd not of even realised that the capability had been removed from Netflix apps onboard iOS devices.
       
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      I agree that it seems unnecessary to use AirPlay with Netflix since any device you can Airplay stream to would already have its own Netflix app.

      However, there is one use I can think of off-hand, which I've actually done myself. Streaming from my phone when I'm visiting someone's who doesn't have a Netflix acccount, rather than having to sign in to Netflix with my account on their AppleTV and remembering to sign out after.
       
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      I clocked the story on Mac rumours. Lateset the Netflix related is 5ne price increase for Netflix.
       
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      Until a couple of years ago, there was a real benefit to airplaying Netflix from Phone to Apple TV. If you used a VPN on your phone you could literally log into any Netflix around the world, then airplay it to your TV. It worked brilliantly, however Netflix got wise to it and were forced to stop VPNs working with their service, since then, I agree, there's very little need for the airplay.
       
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      Se people prefer browsing Netflix on their phone as it's faster, and stream the selected programme or film to TV.
       
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      Just wonder if Netflix wanted to harrumph about something and took their ball home, but it was the square one no one would notice missing. Apple devices at a billion plus and all that.
       
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      I find it's annoyingly sensitive - navigating the top menus is fiddly, and it's liable to wake the device up (causing the HDMI CEC to change channel to Apple while we're watching something else) at the slightest nudge because the outer edge counts as a button, unless I hide it in a drawer out of the way.

      The good news is that HDMI CEC also means that the physical buttons on the LG TV remote also navigate the interface, so I don't have to use it if I don't want to.
       
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      I also use my phone or iPad as a remote. Works quite well.
       
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      As one example because my hotel room supports airplay and it is so much nicer to watch on a large screen. With those kind of systems you don’t often get the choice to install applications. And even if you could you wouldn’t want your account details on it.

      That is where I use it most. I’ve been doing that for years now :)
       
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      Spent many a night as billy no mates but never had a TV that could air play. My expenses were rather meagre ;)
       
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      For work I normally utilise the Marriott or IHG groups. Within the IHG group the Intercontinental, Crowneplaza, Kimpton and Staybridge Suites brands normally will have Airplay in their rooms.

      I was in Adelaide a couple of weeks ago, and I had a nice 65" OLED in the sitting area, and a 50" LCD in my bedroom. Was pretty good after a day of hard work.

      Saying that, I just fell asleep in front of it :D
       
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      Adelaide? You know that man chained up on a wall in Life of Brian......

      I had Coventry, Newcastle, perhaps the big smoke then Birmingham and Liverpool or Cardiff etc. All the top spots in the UK.

      Had to use company preferred and that could mean a Days Inn/Travelodge :eek: through to a pretty decent 4 or 5 star in London depending on the rates they got and availability. The emails when we had to stay when there was a major event on were mind boggling.
      :)
       
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      Lol yes London hotel prices sometimes make you wonder whether you are buying the room :)
       

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