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Netflix has updated its popular video streaming app with some much wanted features that are sure to make its users happy. First, the app now supports iOS 7, which means it brings more of the iOS 7 inspired design language to the table. You’ll see that reflected in the fonts, the drop down menus, status bar, etc.

The next big thing you should notice is support for streaming HD content, if the content you wish to play has an HD feed available. To differentiate HD content, Netflix has added an “HD” symbol below the title of its shows. To go along with the new ability to stream HD, support has been added for proper AirPlay streaming to an Apple TV device.

All in all, it’s a pretty huge update for fans of Netflix. It also means that you no longer have to look to workarounds when it comes to streaming your favorite shows to the big screen.

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In its release notes, Netflix adds that users must disable AirPlay mirroring β€” the former method for getting continent on the big screen β€” in order to get official AirPlay streaming to work. In the past, users have used AirPlay mirroring to push content to their televisions when a specific app lacked proper AirPlay support. This worked, but was far from ideal, and didn’t result in the optimal playback experience that proper AirPlay offers.

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If you’re an Apple TV user, beware of the fact that your device will need to be updated with the latest firmware available in order to use AirPlay streaming. My Apple TV is, of course, jailbroken, and as such I don’t have the latest firmware on my device. When I tried to play a video via AirPlay, I got an error message telling me that I needed to update my Apple TV firmware.

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Now that users have true AirPlay support and HD support to go along with it, the link between iOS devices and the television just got a lot more convenient. What do you think about Netflix’s latest release? How has your experience been thus far?

  • CPVideoMaker101

    nah, I’ll keep using xmbc

    • wicked4u2c

      xmbc use netflix too?

      • CPVideoMaker101

        no, xmbc + 1channel = netflix + more + free

  • Dalogan72

    Nothing beats movie box from Cydia, nothing.

    • CPVideoMaker101

      xmbc?

    • ExRoot

      As a movie box user that streams to applets I can tell you I have found an alternative. Involves chromecast. But yes, movie box is good but the buffer time can be a bummer.

      • Fevostone

        Chromecast tell me more plz..?

      • arrontaylor

        Hmm how does this work?

  • Jonathan

    FINALLY!
    I didn’t like the fact that every other time it wouldn’t load my playing videos and I had to close the app and open it. πŸ˜› And, I didn’t like the fact I had to mirror…
    So, yay. πŸ™‚

  • GaugePrower

    So we can use our phones to airplay Netflix to our Apple TV that has built in Netflix? … … … -__-

    • Jonathan

      It’s a matter of personal preference. Also, not all of us have both an iDevice and Apple TV.

      • GaugePrower

        well, now im confused… because if you don’t have an apple tv hooked up to your television, what would you airplay to? and if you dont have an ios device, how would you be running the netflix ios app that airplays? Maybe im just missing something though… the only benefit I see here is that you can use the ios device as a remote to access netflix content easier.. but then there’s also the apple tv remote app for that… idk im all sorts of confused. Oh well, an improvement is an improvement ill just leave it at that

      • Jonathan

        You pretty much have it right. If you have an iDevice, then you can use it to airplay if you want which is much easier than navigating through the Apple TV
        If you don’t have an iOS device, you can just use the remote provided with the Apple TV and use Netflix that way.
        If you have an iDevice but no Apple TV, you’re out of luck and no Airplay for you. πŸ˜›
        I have an Apple TV, and an iPod 4. I jailbreak my iPod 4 and put Airserver on it, so basically, it’s my little Apple TV. I can’t mirror to it though because my iPod itself can’t mirror to an Apple TV. If I want to mirror to my Airserver iPod, I would have to have a device that can actually mirror to an actual Apple TV, make sense?
        Well, that was long, lol.

  • Sue Cohen

    It no longer supports using an HDMI cable with an iPad 3. I don’t have AirPlay so there is nothing to enable/disable and it says it doesn’t support my device. It used to work perfectly. I’ll give them a week to fix it or I’m canceling my subscription.

    • Tori

      yes me too Sue…I’m so angry right now.

      • Shelley

        I was watching Netflix, regularly, on my iPad 2, connected to my Samsung tv with the cables. I updated my iPad with the new IOS version and now I cannot watch Netflix anymore on my tv. Is there anyway to go back to my old version of iOS ? This sucks. I don’t have cable and now I can’t watch Netflix on my tv. Any fixes?

    • Bert

      had a chat with netflix helpdesk. They are aware of this problem and a fix will be implemented soon!

    • Littlebuddyd

      I did cancel mine. Netflix is history. I’ll use Hulu for now until I find something I like better.

  • Guest

    unbelievable, after update to ios 7 we can’t use hdmi anymore to see movies on tv from the ipad 3. Are we (again) victims of a war between apple and other companies?

  • Littlebuddyd

    I had to cancel my Netflix subscription when I called them and they said “there is nothing they could do about it.” I told them Hulu works fine it was just the netflix application that i loose video. They said well watch Hulu so I am. Netflix is now History for me.

    • R_R

      The people at Netflix are beyond useless. They also offered no solution. I’m so offended by the customer service I will be canceling my subscription as soon as the month is over.

  • larry

    What about the Google Chromecast, I can’t seem to get it to cast on my Tv from my ipad ?