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AirPlay 2 and HomeKit Support Coming to New LG Smart TVs

Following in the footsteps of Samsung and Vizio, LG today at CES 2019 announced that AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support is coming to its 2019 smart TVs.

AirPlay 2 support will allow users to stream videos, music, photos, and more directly from an iPhone, iPad, and Mac to new LG smart TVs, complete with lock screen controls. HomeKit support will enable users to easily control the TVs using the Home app on iPhone, iPad, and Mac or Siri voice commands.

LG's press release:
Users can use their own voice to get things done with Amazon Alexa, a new addition to LG's AI TV lineup in 2019, and the support of Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit. With AirPlay 2, users can easily play videos directly from their Apple devices, iTunes and other video apps, music or photos to their LG SIGNATURE OLED TV R. With Apple HomeKit support, customers will be able to control their LG TV using the Home app or by asking Siri.
Apple recently updated its website with information about how AirPlay 2 and HomeKit will be implemented on smart TVs from "leading TV manufacturers." Samsung smart TVs are also getting a dedicated iTunes movies and TV shows app.

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7 months ago
This is stupid. I have a 2018 model. They should update at least the previous year. Such greedy bastards it disgusts me.
Rating: 12 Votes
7 months ago
To those upset about this not coming to older TV's: Apple TV. Fixed. :cool:
Rating: 11 Votes
7 months ago
That’s it. All the top TVs in homes today all support AirPlay — save for Sony (so far). That makes AirPlay ubiquitous. AirPlay is caught up with Chromecast, all in one CES. Wow.
Rating: 10 Votes
7 months ago
Only new TV's or will they update the 2017/2018 models?
Rating: 9 Votes
7 months ago
This is definitely a play towards Apple extending their streaming services reach before launching something major in regards to video streaming subscriptions.
Rating: 8 Votes
7 months ago
But not my lowly old £4500, 65" 2017 OLED... And people complain Apple don't support old devices enough (when their 15 year old MacBook Pro won't run the latest macOS) yet a one year old TV that costs much more than a MacBook Pro won't even run a basic software feature.

My biggest question in all of this is whether or not these HomeKit/Airplay 2 compatible TVs will be able to output their audio to HomePods. Would be great to be able to use my HomePod for non Apple content playing on my TV.

I think they're receivers not transmitters.
Rating: 7 Votes
7 months ago
If I didnt already have an AppleTV 4K I’d be gutted having just bought a 2018 55 LG 4K HDR TV.
Rating: 5 Votes
7 months ago
How about TCL?
Rating: 4 Votes
7 months ago

Only new TV's or will they update the 2017/2018 models?

But not my lowly old £4500, 65" 2017 OLED...

I'm guessing it'll just be the 2019 models. I have a 2017 LG OLED and would love it to receive this update, but I'm not holding my breath.

The TV manufacturers do update the firmware on older tellies from time-to-time, but it's not usually to add new features. They likely want to push people into upgrading their sets. Which IMHO is immoral, frankly.

Ah well. Hopefully I'll be proved wrong...!
Rating: 4 Votes
7 months ago
Can we do one single round up of TV's getting AirPlay 2? It seems a bit overkill to announce each brand separately when they're all announcing the same thing.
Rating: 3 Votes

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