AirPlay 2 and HomeKit Rolling Out to Select Roku Streaming Players and TVs

Roku today announced that AirPlay 2 and HomeKit are now rolling out to select streaming players, including the Roku Ultra, Roku Streambar, Roku Smart Soundbar, Roku Streaming Stick+, and Roku Premiere, as part of a free Roku OS 9.4 update. The software update is also in the process of rolling out to select Roku-based 4K TVs from brands like TCL.

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AirPlay 2 enables users to stream videos, music, podcasts, and more directly from an iPhone, iPad, or Mac to a Roku-connected TV, with no Apple TV box necessary. And with HomeKit support, users can control the TV's power and and more using the Home app and Siri on the iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, or HomePod.

The software update began rolling out earlier this month for some users and should be available on all supported Roku devices within the coming days.

Top Rated Comments

Chazzle Avatar
3 weeks ago


Forgive my ignorance if I missed this detail, but will this allow the TV to also output audio via AirPlay 2?

Yes, works great. I can even play music thru my HomePod and sound bar that’s hooked up to my roku tv and it plays perfectly in sync.
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Senseotech Avatar
3 weeks ago


It's about the content.. Apple is not overly concerned with selling AppleTV boxes

I also suspect that for many, myself included, we're willing to pay a premium for an additional box that's independent of the TV and its OS/upgrade cycle and that has that familiar Apple "feel" to it. I've never been a fan of Roku's clunky interface and "channel" model where everything feels slow; having my TV in Homekit and with AirPlay 2 directly is nice, but I'm still going to buy the next AppleTV device for the interface, ease of use, and overall ecosystem, and I suspect there's a sufficient number of people like me to where its not an EITHER OR scenario.
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whyamihere Avatar
3 weeks ago
My TCL 55R617 said it checked for an update earlier today but was still on 9.3. I did a manual update check and sure enough, there was 9.4. AirPlay works great!
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
rumormiller Avatar
3 weeks ago
I don't think it's available in the UK. My Streaming Stick+ has updated to 9.4.0 yet no Airplay.
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Packers1958 Avatar
3 weeks ago


My understanding is that it does work on an AppleTV if you have it set to always output DolbyVision which is not ideal.

It actually isn't real DV. It's not taking the raw DV file from the phone and displaying it as DV. It first converts it back to SDR, and then displays it as DV. So you are not getting the full bt2020 color gamut, but instead a rec709 color gamut converted to bt2020. So it will not look correct.
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profets Avatar
3 weeks ago


I’m not selecting the HomePod as the output from the TV. Let me clarify. I am using my iPhone and control center to select both the HomePod and the TV for output. The airplay 2 codec is allowing both to play at the same time in sync but the output I guess is technically from my phone, not the TV.

Ah damn. That's actually quite a nice feature of AirPlay 2 (being able to split the video and audio stream to different locations). But man you had me excited when you replied top the post about the TV doing airplay out to a HomePod lol.
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