SOLVED! - Netflix Black Screen Mirroring


Usually, Netflix black screen mirroring is an issue caused by devices not supporting HDCP and the best solution is to use HDCP-supported devices. Besides that, you may want to download a previous version of Netflix, run device troubleshooters and so on. Continue reading to be able to use Netflix and get your money’s worth. 

Cause of the Problem?

Simply put, the cause of the problem is not related to the android source code or the manufacturer due to the same problem been encountered on other operating systems that try to do the screen mirroring via smart TV.

Based on numerous studies and research, the problem has been attributed to the updates that Netflix rolled out about 3 years ago. The unique thing about the update is that most users did not notice that it has removed the screen mirror functionality on existing devices before accepting the update.

Whether Netflix has a boom in customers is subjected to your view. Due to the problem, there has been a reduction in the number off customers

The problem was created due to the developers of the application trying to secure their licensed contents. The desire to secure their contents from piracy made them add the HDCP (High Bandwidth Digital Content Protection) code to the application. With the HDCP code, any device that does not support the HDCP code cannot be used in screen mirroring.

The HDCP code is efficient in discouraging piracy by reducing the ability of many devices to develop a black screen when using them. This action led to many Samsung smart TV and casting devices (e.g., Samsung AllShare Cast) to experience such problems. This casting device and smart TV, however, usually work with other applications such as YouTube and Fixter.


Based on the news from Netflix Support, there is no plan to fix the problem or provide an adjustment that can make it support screen mirroring in devices that are not running the HDCP code. However, this does not mean that there is no solution.

Use TV that supports HDCP code

If you are using an old version of TV, it is likely it does not support HDCP code, leading to the error of a black screen with audio and caption present.

Old devices are not likely able to support HDCP. However, you can check whether your TV supports it by following some steps:

• Check the packaging box that the TV comes with because most manufacturers display the supports that their device comes with boldly on the packaging box. HDCP manufacturers always display whether their device is HDCP compliant

• Use the owner manual to detect whether your TV is HDCP compliant or not. Visit the video cable section and note whether there is a mention of HDCP among the video port. If there is none, the TV probably does not support HDCP

• You can contact the customer service of the manufacturer of your device, provide the model number of your device and confirm it supports HDCP or not

• You can connect devices that you are sure do not support HDCP to the TV (e.g., game system). if the picture displayed is fuzzy or there is a black screen, your device can support HDCP

However, if your TV does not support HDCP, you can get another one that supports it.

Download Previous Version of Netflix

Buying a new TV that supports HDCP might be something hard. Therefore this solution is the better one. It involves downloading an older version of the application from May 2016 downward, the older versions of Netflix can be obtained from sites such as APKMirror The previous versions have not implemented the HDCP in their coding which makes them ideal for the situation

Troubleshoot your device If your device already has HDCP, yet it is displaying the characteristics of the said problem, follow the troubleshooting guidelines offered by the manufacturers. Hope that now you could now how to fix hdcp screen mirroring on Netflix.