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First LG TVs That Will Support AirPlay 2 and HomeKit Coming in April

LG today announced that its first 2019 OLED TVs with AI ThinQ will be debuting in April. These models, like other TVs in the 2019 lineup, will support AirPlay 2 and HomeKit later this year.

The 65-inch E9 and C9 models will be the first to launch, with additional models and screen sizes coming in May or June. Other LG OLED models will be announced later in the year.


LG's 2019 lineup, first revealed at CES, will be available in screen sizes ranging from 55 inches to 77 inches.

Along with TVs from Samsung, Sony, and Vizio, LG's newest TVs will include AirPlay 2 support. With AirPlay 2 support, LG TV users will be able to beam photos, videos, and music from an iPhone, iPad, or Mac to the LG TV, similar to how the Apple TV works today.

HomeKit support will let users control their television sets using Siri voice commands or the Home app on the iPhone, iPad, or Mac. Siri will be able to be used to do things like play a specific TV show or movie to be AirPlayed to your smart TV.

All of the LG OLED, NanoCell SM9X, NanoCell SM8X, and UHD UM7X television sets from 2019 will work with Apple's services according to Apple's HomeKit website.

Neither TV manufacturers nor Apple have provided a specific timeline for when AirPlay 2 and HomeKit will be made available on smart television sets, but LG recently said that it expects to enable the features through a mid-year upgrade.



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10 weeks ago

Life's Good. Any mention on price?


* C9: 55" $2500, 65" $3500, $7000 77"
* E9: 55" $3300, 65" $4300
* W9: 65" $7000, 77" $13000

B9 and R9 series are still TBA, as well as 8K Z9.

If the past is any indication, TVs are typically released on April and sell close to the retail price until mid-June. Then in November, they are generally discounted to their lowest level.

From Rtings ('https://www.rtings.com/tv/deals'):

Rating: 15 Votes
10 weeks ago

I am guessing firmware update with new features like HomeKit and AirPlay 2. Vizio is providing HomeKit and AirPlay 2 update to models as old as 2016. Samsung is providing AirPlay 2 update to 2018 models.

While older LG models not getting HomeKit and AirPlay 2 is regrettable since it is technically possible, LG is pretty decent at providing firmware updates to older TV models, or roughly 2.5 years.


LG customers who purchased a 2018 LG TV had their new TVs obsoleted within months (or even weeks!) for no reason other than for LG to withhold a feature advantage for future TVs. That’s a d*ck move.

It’s not even personal for me. My LG tv is almost 4 years old and I don’t expect it to be updated but I’ll be in the market for one next year and seeing what LG did to new customers, gives me every reason to switch brands and buy from a company that supports their customers.
Rating: 7 Votes
10 weeks ago
No thanks. A 2019 LG TV will be obsolete before the end of 2019. LG has demonstrated through their actions that they won’t support their customers once they have your money.

Once my existing LG tv needs to be replaced, I’ll be looking at a Vizio. I’ll never be buying from this brand again.
Rating: 6 Votes
10 weeks ago
what i want to know is, will airplay 2 compatible tvs be able to output their audio to homepods? could one therefore use say a gaming console and through a tv’s airplay 2 support carry that audio to homepods?
Rating: 6 Votes
10 weeks ago

Can you elaborate on this? What do you mean.

I am guessing firmware update with new features like HomeKit and AirPlay 2. Vizio is providing HomeKit and AirPlay 2 update to models as old as 2016. Samsung is providing AirPlay 2 update to 2018 models.

While older LG models not getting HomeKit and AirPlay 2 is regrettable since it is technically possible, LG is pretty decent at providing firmware updates to older TV models, or roughly 2.5 years.
Rating: 4 Votes
10 weeks ago

LG customers who purchased a 2018 LG TV had their TVs obsoleted within months (or even weeks!) for no reason other than for LG to withhold a feature advantage for future TVs. That’s a d*ck move.

It’s not even personal for me. My LG tv is almost 4 years old and I don’t expect it to be updated but I’ll be in the market for one next year and seeing what LG did to new customers, gives me every reason to switch brands and buy from a company that supports their customers.

That’s why i like dumb TVs with boxes attached to it. Keep the TV replace the box
Rating: 4 Votes
10 weeks ago

Last time I bought a TV was a Samsung flatscreen LCD in 2005 (the floor model from a Circuit City no less, and STILL going strong today). Can't believe how much the costs on these things has dropped. While I would love to buy a new TV, we just don't watch enough of it in our house to justify the spend. The picture quality is pretty amazing though.

Sounds like you're the perfect candidate for a TCL 4K panel. Inexpensive as all get out (<$250 for some models). Decent picture, and for your limited amount of use... right tool for the right job.
Rating: 3 Votes
10 weeks ago
Last time I bought a TV was a Samsung flatscreen LCD in 2005 (the floor model from a Circuit City no less, and STILL going strong today). Can't believe how much the costs on these things has dropped. While I would love to buy a new TV, we just don't watch enough of it in our house to justify the spend. The picture quality is pretty amazing though.
Rating: 2 Votes
10 weeks ago
I think these will be the first with hdmi 2.1.
Rating: 2 Votes
9 weeks ago
No reason they can't bring AirPlay etc to 2018 models like Samsung are doing. Not happy.
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LG customers who purchased a 2018 LG TV had their new TVs obsoleted within months (or even weeks!) for no reason other than for LG to withhold a feature advantage for future TVs. That’s a d*ck move.

It’s not even personal for me. My LG tv is almost 4 years old and I don’t expect it to be updated but I’ll be in the market for one next year and seeing what LG did to new customers, gives me every reason to switch brands and buy from a company that supports their customers.


Exactly this! I bought a 55" LG TV for my lounge late last year, along with a 43" Samsung for my bedroom & Samsung will be offering a firmware update for their 2018 range which is great.

Guess which brand will be getting my money & recommendation when I next need to buy a TV for my home or when family ask me for help choosing?
Rating: 1 Votes

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