Netflix Apple Apps Finally Introduce HD Streaming


A feature which for a long time had surprisingly been omitted from the Apple device version of streaming service Netflix has finally found its way through, with the ability to stream content in HD on iOS-based products now available.

netflix_ios_rangoThe update to the app, officially rolled out in the iTunes store on Thursday (3 October), saw HD streaming and Airplay compatibility headlining the features that Apple users will now be able to enjoy provided they carry the new iOS 7 operating system, although both parties are quick to note that full accessibility in these aspects may not come until later this month.

Previously only being available in standard definition on Apple products, the update will see Netflix gradually roll out HD compatibility for their content, with shows such as Breaking Bad and Arrested Development still only in SD formats for the app, until they like other content listings are updated by the service.

Alongside the ability to use Apple’s ‘Airplay‘ streaming function on version 5.0. of the app, users will also be able to utilise ‘playback optimization’ and ‘stability improvement’ on the revised app.

An official press release from Netflix on the matter read: “The new Netflix iOS app adds two features that we know you will enjoy: HD and AirPlay. We know many of you watch Netflix on your iPhone and iPad. The updated Netflix iOS app will stream Netflix in HD on any iOS 7 device. Make sure you are watching a title that’s available in HD and have a fast enough Internet connection. With our latest app, you can now also start streaming over AirPlay.

“This new feature is very simple and works on all iOS 7 devices: Choose a title to watch on your iPhone or iPad and start playback; If there is an Apple TV device connected to the same Wifi network, an AirPlay icon appears; Press the AirPlay icon and playback will move to your Apple TV.

“If you’ve updated your app and don’t yet see HD or AirPlay, please be patient. The features will roll out to all members who have the latest Netflix app (version 5.0) by mid-October.”

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