Netflix is reasonably the most versatile streaming service on the planet offering one of the widest range of movies, documentaries, cartoon shows, TV series, and even originals.

And while it is nowhere close to Amazon Prime Video in terms of cost, the streaming service has from time to time proven that its main focus is not making compromises in quality. Hence, it continues to crush its competitors.

Nonetheless, even the best of the best software isn’t completely free from any kind of issue and Netflix is a good example of that.


Ayo @netflix why can I not make it thru one 20 min episode of Community without the show stopping and getting an error code? Literally happens at least 2-3 times per episode and on anything else I watch too

Several users had been complaining for the past couple of weeks that they would encounter a “Cannot play title. Please try again later” playback error on the Netflix iOS app every once in a while.

The issue would get triggered for no particular reason and interrupt an episode or a movie with the annoying error atop a black screen.


But what’s worse about it was the fact that it would occur randomly every 20 minutes or so and thus effectively ruin the Netflix binge-watching experience.

That said, the good news is that Netflix has stated on Twitter that the issue should be gone after updating to the recently released iOS 14.4 update.


This points towards the possibility that the issue was some sort of compatibility problem between Netflix and iOS which has now been addressed with iOS 14.4.

Hence, if all goes well, then updating your iPhone to the latest iOS version should make the Netflix playback error disappear for good.

However, if for some reason, you still did not receive the update, then you can force your device to verify its availability from Settings > General > Software Update.

Hopefully, this solved the issue for you. Let us know in the comments if it did. Also, be sure to check out our iOS/iPad OS 14 bugs/issues tracker for further coverage on matters like these.

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Simply love being surrounded by technology as it's a constant reminder of how far humans have advanced as a race. Every new development feels exciting, which I convey to others through writing. And after a day's work, gaming just feels therapeutic.

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