LG Adds Apple TV, Apple Music, and Other Apple Features to webOS TVs

LG has added a number of Apple apps and features to other-branded televisions running its webOS Hub across more than 100 countries and regions worldwide, the company has announced.

On compatible smart TVs that are based on the webOS Hub ecosystem, users will be able to access the Apple TV app and Apple Music, as well as connect to AirPlay and HomeKit devices, without having to link up an ‌Apple TV‌ set-top box or any other hardware.

From LG's press release announcing the update:

With the Apple TV app, Apple Music, AirPlay and HomeKit all coming to the webOS Hub ecosystem, LG is constantly refining and expanding its webOS smart TV platform while enhancing its accessibility so that more consumers can benefit from the most convenient user experience.

By offering a greater range of customization options to smart TV manufacturers and giving more convenience and choice of content to customers, 10 times as many brands are now available on webOS Hub than in early 2021.

The deployment is available for more than 200 TV brands worldwide running webOS, such as Seiki, Eko, Stream System, Konka, Aiwa, and Hyundai. LG does not offer a detailed list of eligible TVs but specifies that only 4K UHD and OLED models running webOS Hub 2.0 will receive ‌AirPlay‌ and ‌HomeKit‌ compatibility.

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Top Rated Comments

Larsvonhier Avatar
11 months ago
To all who complain about "old news":
Reading comprehension test...
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bu113t Avatar
11 months ago

Wait, this is really old news right?

Yeah I’m confused. LG TVs have had the Apple services available for ages.

My TV is always telling me about a free trial of Apple stuff - it’s rather annoying!

I don't get it. Its such a old news.
This is for non-LG branded TVs that use WebOS. Many LG TVs have supported threes features for years.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
KrisLord Avatar
11 months ago

Wait, this is really old news right?
Yeah I’m confused. LG TVs have had the Apple services available for ages.

My TV is always telling me about a free trial of Apple stuff - it’s rather annoying!
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
parseckadet Avatar
11 months ago

This perception keeps flying but AppleTV (the box) and AppleTV (the app) are very different things. The former does so much more than the latter. The latter is but one of MANY apps available on the hardware. In this case, 2 apps & 2 functions are available on select televisions. That leaves thousands of other apps still not represented.

If someone only uses AppleTV (the box) for these 4 things, then yes, the availability of the same apps on their webOS TV does make the box redundant for them. However, if one uses only 1+ other apps on AppleTV not available on the limited mix of apps for TVs, the box starts gaining useful points.

What I meant was that AppleTV's core functions for most are:
* Airplay
* TV/TV+ app

In the scnario of a smart TV having these apps on it's smart functions, kind of removes the needs for an AppleTV hardware for most people

If you use a AppleTV app that is essential or use AppleTV as Home Base, of course it makes sense.
I don't care how many apps a TV is capable of. TV manufacturers sell user data. They've also been caught flat out spying on people (back during the brief time that some TVs had built in cameras). My TV will only ever have a network connection when I want to install firmware updates. All other times it will just be a dumb display for my AppleTV or some other input. I understand that won't stop apps like Hulu or Netflix from selling data, but I'm going to limit the possibility as much as possible.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sos47 Avatar
11 months ago
not really new, possible for years on webOS (i own an lg tv)
beside that, i would never ever store my apple account data on a any tv.
thats why i use an ATV as a streaming device. easy
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Michael Scrip Avatar
11 months ago

I know we can upgrade smart TVs by plugging a device like a 2022 Apple TV 4K 5nm into the HDMI port but what I'd love would be able to replace the logic board of all LG 4K TVs with the logic board of the 2022 Apple TV 4K 5nm and enjoy the power of an iPhone chip as the primary SoC of the TV.
Along those same lines... I wish TV manufacturers would put all the electronics (logic board, HDMI ports, etc) in a box that slides into a slot in the back of the TV.

Then you can buy an upgraded replacement box when new tech is released. You'd get all new guts while keeping the same screen.

Of course they won't do that because they want to sell you an entire new TV... but I can dream.

Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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