Apple TV App on Select LG Smart TVs Will Support Dolby Atmos Sound 'Later This Year'

Dolby Atmos support for the newly released Apple TV app and AirPlay 2 on select LG smart TVs is coming in a software update "later this year," an LG spokesperson has confirmed to FlatpanelsHD.com.


Earlier this week, LG announced that the Apple TV app and accompanying ‌Apple TV‌+ streaming service are now available on select 2019 LG smart TVs in the United States and more than 80 other countries. This follows the CES debut of LG's new 2020 models that come with the ‌Apple TV‌ app preinstalled out of the box.

Dolby Atmos was developed to give sound from movies and TV shows a more three-dimensional effect. Rather than being constrained to channels, sounds can be precisely placed and moved in three-dimensional space.

Dolby Atmos is also supported on the Apple TV 4K running tvOS 12 or later.

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8 months ago


Don't get me started on this again. No AppleTV+ app on LG TV's that are older than 2019 but perfectly capable of running those apps?

Don't get me wrong I love my 2017 LG OLED but they've seriously hacked me off by not providing support for applications like AppleTV+ that the set could easily handle. It supports 4K Netflix in Dolby Vision so there's no reason I can think of that they can't support AppleTV+ too.

I won't be buying an LG next time.

Just as a curiosity, do you find using the built in TV apps better then using just an external device? I also have a 2017 LG OLED (C7) and I've honestly never used the built in apps. To me an Apple TV/Roku always seems superior to any TV experience I've messed with.

I honestly wish it was possible to just buy a monitor that looked exactly like the OLED tv with none of the smart stuff at a lower price.
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8 months ago
Don't get me started on this again. No AppleTV+ app on LG TV's that are older than 2019 but perfectly capable of running those apps?

Don't get me wrong I love my 2017 LG OLED but they've seriously hacked me off by not providing support for applications like AppleTV+ that the set could easily handle. It supports 4K Netflix in Dolby Vision so there's no reason I can think of that they can't support AppleTV+ too.

I won't be buying an LG next time.
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8 months ago


The Apple TV app would work better on 2019 LG OLEDs, esp. with Dolby Atmos, because they are the only ones that support HDMI 2.1 and eARC. I tried getting Dolby Atmos to work from my HDMI 2.0 2018 LG OLED with my HDMI 2.0 Marantz receiver, and it just doesn’t work.

I hear you and you make a valid point. My position is that AppleTV+ without Dolby Atmos would work fine and doesn't need a super up to date TV to function, as is demonstrated by Netflix and others on the set.


That’s a pretty strange reason not to buy an LG next time. Yours is a frickin’ 3 year-old TV. Generally in TVs, if it’s not there when you buy it, don’t expect to ever have it, unless they specifically made a point to announce the upgrade before you bought it. That’s normal for the consumer electronics companies.

You're not wrong, but just because some tech companies behave like that it doesn't mean that I have to like it. Other tech companies have rolled out support for AppleTV+ to their older sets, so if they can do it...!
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8 months ago


Just as a curiosity, do you find using the built in TV apps better then using just an external device? I also have a 2017 LG OLED (C7) and I've honestly never used the built in apps. To me an Apple TV/Roku always seems superior to any TV experience I've messed with.

I honestly wish it was possible to just buy a monitor that looked exactly like the OLED tv with none of the smart stuff at a lower price.

Yup .. hate smart tv apps .. Like you I wish I could purchase the OLED without it.
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8 months ago


Don't get me started on this again. No AppleTV+ app on LG TV's that are older than 2019 but perfectly capable of running those apps?

Don't get me wrong I love my 2017 LG OLED but they've seriously hacked me off by not providing support for applications like AppleTV+ that the set could easily handle. It supports 4K Netflix in Dolby Vision so there's no reason I can think of that they can't support AppleTV+ too.

I have the 2018 LG C8 OLED, and don’t get the Apple TV app either, but I don’t really care that much. I’d rather just use the Apple TV 4K, because that way I get my Dolby Atmos.

The Apple TV app would work better on 2019 LG OLEDs, esp. with Dolby Atmos, because they are the only ones that support HDMI 2.1 and eARC. I tried getting Dolby Atmos to work from my HDMI 2.0 2018 LG OLED with my HDMI 2.0 Marantz receiver, and it just doesn’t work.

I won't be buying an LG next time.

That’s a pretty strange reason not to buy an LG next time. Yours is a frickin’ 3 year-old TV. Generally in TVs, if it’s not there when you buy it, don’t expect to ever have it, unless they specifically made a point to announce the upgrade before you bought it. That’s normal for the consumer electronics companies.
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8 months ago
Stopped by LG’s CES booth this year and was excited about the 2020 TV’s having the Apple TV app built in. Still not quite sure why LG doesn’t support the Apple TV app on older models released prior to 2019.
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