iPhone's New AirPlay Feature for Hotel Room TVs Begins Rolling Out

Apple has announced that iPhone and iPad users can wirelessly stream videos, music, and photos from their device to their hotel room TV via AirPlay at select IHG Hotels & Resorts properties in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico starting today, including select Holiday Inn, Kimpton, Hotel Indigo, Candlewood Suites, Staybridge Suites, Atwell Suites, InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, and Avid locations, and some others.

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Apple says IHG has made AirPlay available at more than 60 hotels so far, and additional hotels will support the feature "in the coming months."

The feature allows you to scan a unique QR code on the hotel room TV to establish an AirPlay connection, allowing you to wirelessly stream content from your iPhone or iPad to the TV. After the pairing process, your device will also automatically be connected to the hotel's Wi-Fi network. The device must be updated to iOS 17.3 or iPadOS 17.3 or later.

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In addition to services like Apple TV+ and Apple Music, AirPlay on hotel room TVs works with Apple Arcade for gaming and Apple Fitness+ for workouts.

Apple emphasized the privacy and security of the AirPlay feature. When a guest checks out of the hotel, the company says their connection to the TV is erased, preventing future guests and hotel staff from accessing the user's activity.

Apple first announced this feature at WWDC 2023 last June, in partnership with LG. Google already offers a similar Chromecast streaming feature on many hotel TVs that works with both iPhones and Android devices, so Apple has a lot of catching up to do on this front, but AirPlay support is certainly a useful addition for iPhone users.

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madmin Avatar
6 weeks ago
We are all just prisoners here of our own device ?
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MegaBlue Avatar
6 weeks ago
Great to see, but like Car Key/Hotel Keys or Siri on third party devices, I have a feeling this will be something adopted by few.

When Hilton, Marriott, Choice and such start rolling these out to their thousands of hotels is when I’ll truly be excited, but it’s nice to know the feature is actually rolling out in some capacity finally.
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oofio2461 Avatar
6 weeks ago
Finally coming out, but it took over 10 months to finally release this feature...
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mike... Avatar
6 weeks ago
Hopefully this ends up everywhere. Every hotel I've ever stayed at supports Chromecast or whatever, but that's no good for my MacBook Pro or iPhone.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nburwell Avatar
6 weeks ago
I’m hoping more hotel brands (ie. Hilton, Marriott) support this in the future. I currently bring a Roku Stick with me whenever we travel so we’re able to stream from hotel TV (which is great for the kids).
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coffeemilktea Avatar
6 weeks ago

establish an AirPlay connection, allowing you to wirelessly stream videos, music, and photos from your iPhone or iPad to the TV.
At last, now as soon as I plop my ? down on the hotel bed, I can start streaming my collection of Rick Astley remixes to the hotel TV... modern technology is so beautiful. :cool:
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