The latest version of the Netflix app for iOS has dropped AirPlay support, based on an updated support document found on the Netflix website.
The removal of AirPlay appears to be due to a "technical limitation" although Netflix has not provided any further information on their website. LatestAppleNws has contacted Netflix regarding the change and we will update the blog post when and if Netflix responds to our request for comment.
The native AirPlay button has been removed inside the app, however you can still try to connect and stream using Control Center, most likely due to an oversight but as MacRumors notes, the app responds with an error – which seems to be the same every time. It is likely Netflix will remove this redundant way to stream using AirPlay in a future update.
"Cannot play title. Please try again later."
Netflix has provided a statement which provides further explanation on the company's decision to remove AirPlay streaming support from their iOS app because of AirPlay support on third-party Samsung and SONY TV's with iOS 12.2 and tvOS 12.2, and the inability to distinguish between these models.
"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." – Netflix Spokerperson