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Online Video Streaming Platform Netflix Withdraws Support For Apple’s AirPlay

"Therefore, we have decided to discontinue Netflix AirPlay support to ensure our standard of quality for viewing is being met," the spokesperson added

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The new plans appearing on Netflix India's website lists the weekly mobile-only plan for Rs 65, basic plan for Rs 125. Pixabay

Netflix has suddenly withdrawn support for Apple’s AirPlay, a feature that let people watching Netflix on their iPads and iPhones to instantly play the content on their TVs, the media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.

The move came as a shock to may fans as Netflix for iOS had been supporting AirPlay since 2013.

The news comes after Apple last month announced Apple TV+, a subscription-based streaming service scheduled to launch this autumn.

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Customers walk past an Apple logo inside of an Apple store at Grand Central Station in New York, Aug. 1, 2018. VOA

Netflix, however, denied that the drop of AirPlay support has anything to do with Apple emerging as one of its competitors in the streaming space, Digital Trends reported on Saturday.

“Airplay is no longer supported for use with Netflix due to technical limitations,” according to a support page on Netflix’s official website, thereby leaving built-in Chromecast, the Netflix 2nd Screen feature, and external cables as the only ways to connect Netflix for iOS to a TV.

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“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 versus what isn’t) or certify these experiences,” a Netflix spokesperson was quoted as saying by Digital Trends.

“Therefore, we have decided to discontinue Netflix AirPlay support to ensure our standard of quality for viewing is being met,” the spokesperson added. (IANS)

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Apple Accused of Fraud for Hiding Dop in iPhone Sales: Report

Apple’s disclosures in January caused its stock price to fall by more than $15 per share, or more than 9 percent

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The Apple logo is shown outside the company's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, California. VOA

A lawsuit filed in the US has alleged that Apple violated the country’s Securities Exchange Act by hiding a slowdown in the demand for iPhones, especially in China, the media reported.

The City of Roseville employees’ retirement fund filed the suit on Tuesday in Northern California US District Court, The Mercury News published from San Jose reported.

The lawsuit claimed that Apple knew in November its iPhone sales were hit, but refrained from revealing it to investors then, leading to economic loss for investors.

The lawsuit seeks class-action status, to bring in everyone who bought Apple common stock between November 2, 2018 and January 2, 2019, the report said, adding that the plaintiff is seeking a jury trial and unspecified damages.

Apple in November said it had gone into the holiday season with its “strongest lineup of products and services ever,” according to the suit.

But in reality, the US trade war with China was hurting the iPhone sales and Apple and its CEO Tim Cook were aware of it in November, claimed the lawsuit which said that Apple disclosed the “true state” of its first quarter iPhone sales only in January.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during a data privacy conference at the European Parliament in Brussels. VOA

The suit alleged that Apple and Cook’s “materially false and misleading statements” in November propped up the company’s stock, “which continued to trade at artificially inflated prices”.

But in January, Apple lowered its revenue guidance for fiscal 2019 first quarter, which ended on December 29.

In a letter to investors, Cook said that the company now expects a revenue of approximately $84 billion, down from the $89 to $93 billion it had previously projected.

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Cook acknowledged that the revenue shortfall in its guidance was partly due to China’s trade tensions with the US. The slowdown in the Chinese economy also impacted its revenue, he said.

Apple’s disclosures in January caused its stock price to fall by more than $15 per share, or more than 9 percent, the suit claimed. (IANS)