AirPlay 2 and TV App Now Available on Samsung Smart TVs

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    With the launch of iOS 12.3, both AirPlay 2 and the new Apple TV app are available on compatible Smart TVs, Samsung announced today.

    All 2019 Samsung Smart TVs and select 2018 TV models with a firmware update will be able to access Apple TV channels and iTunes movies and TV shows through the TV app and will support AirPlay 2. Samsung says that the TV app offers content in more than 100 countries, while AirPlay 2 is available in 176 countries.


    On compatible Samsung TVs with the Smart TV platform, users are able to select the Apple TV app icon to access their Apple content. With the Channels feature in the Apple TV app, Samsung users can subscribe to services like HBO, Showtime, Starz, and more, and watch content from those services directly in the Apple TV app.

    Samsung users will also have access to more than 100,000 TV shows and movies to buy or rent from iTunes, including content that's available in 4K HDR.
    The TV app available on Samsung Smart TVs will allow Apple customers who are already in the Apple ecosystem to access their previously purchased content without needing to have an Apple TV set-top box, which is a first.

    All iTunes content and other content from an iPhone, iPad, or Mac can also be AirPlayed right to a Samsung TV for the first time, making it easier to get content from Apple devices to the TV. Samsung TVs compatible with AirPlay 2 and the TV app are listed below:
    Samsung says that the Apple TV app will "work seamlessly" with other Smart TV services, including Universal Guide, Bixby, and Search for a consistent experience across Samsung's platform.

    Samsung is the only TV manufacturer that's getting the TV app at the current time, but other smart TVs are gaining AirPlay 2 support. It's likely we'll be hearing about AirPlay 2 compatibility from Vizio, LG, and Sony now that iOS 12.3 with AirPlay 2 support and the new Apple TV app has officially launched.

    Other TV sets are also expected to integrate with HomeKit, allowing users to control them via Siri commands and through the Home app, but this is not a feature that is coming to Samsung TVs.

    Article Link: AirPlay 2 and TV App Now Available on Samsung Smart TVs
  2. benshive macrumors regular

    Feb 26, 2017
    United States
    I was able to buy a 50" 6 series for around $300 last black friday. Never expected I'd get AirPlay 2 support on it :)
  3. crjackson2134 macrumors 601


    Mar 6, 2013
    Charlotte, NC

    I wonder when the firmware update will drop. I have a 2018 model on the list, but no firmware updates are available at the moment.
  4. nutmac macrumors 601

    Mar 30, 2004
  5. Billyjimbob macrumors newbie


    Sep 19, 2018
    Up north
    I have a new 2019 Q90 and the app is showing up when I do a search, but states it’s not supported on my tv also I’m in the U.K
  6. tjedora macrumors regular


    Jul 1, 2017
  7. atmuwben macrumors member

    Nov 9, 2013
    I just bought a 2019 Samsung TV. I was still trying to decide which service to rent 4K movies (Amazon, YouTube, Apple TV 4K box). Decision made!
  8. Will.O.Bie macrumors 6502


    Aug 29, 2016
    Technical question: Does this mean I won't need to buy a separate :apple:TV? Will I be able to just sign in with my account details onto the Samsung? I'm thinking of replacing my tv if this would be the case.
  9. tjedora macrumors regular


    Jul 1, 2017
    You probably need to update your tv first.
  10. Tricky22 macrumors newbie

    Jan 3, 2016
    I get error code 52 when trying to install the app on 2018 uhd tv?
  11. ipedro macrumors 601


    Nov 30, 2004
    Toronto, ON
    I got a little excited when I decided to check my LG TV for updates and one came through. Turns out it's totally unrelated. :(

    I don't really care about having the AppleTV app or AirPlay directly on my TV. I have an AppleTV for that. But updating the TV to be recognized as a HomeKit device is important for someone with a connected home and is basically resource free. It can work on any connected TV, yet LG chose to keep it from its existing user base. They're pretty much telling LG users to go buy a Vizio or a Samsung next time they buy a TV.
  12. Max E Verde macrumors regular

    Max E Verde

    Jan 12, 2005
    New Jersey
    Update now was greyed out on the Samsung TV’s settings. Able to fix by holding down power button to hard reset, but not seeing any updates. But then 5 minutes later, the TV showed up in the AirPlay menu! We got the TV yesterday and I had to reset the TV entirely earlier today for unrelated reasons, if that helps.

    On my first experience: looks like screen mirroring works, I have had some issues with AirPlay 1 apps. AirPlay uses an Apple TV like light mode UI for selecting subtitles and alternative audio. Mirroring photos from the Photos app does work too. Audio works with a similar interface to Apple TV. There is a scrub bar in Music & Stitcher, but not Overcast.

    This is all with the most recent beta of iOS 12.3, need to update to GM soon.

    Apple TV app installed just fine in the US. I was kinda hoping for an integration with 3rd party apps, but doubted it. If the content is not available on Apple TV channels or iTunes TV & Movies, it appears it won’t show in the app. No sports tab since sports currently all redirects to 3rd party apps. Looks like you can add more than one Apple ID.

    My TV model is UN43RU7100FXZA.
  13. TimFL1 macrumors 6502

    Jul 6, 2017
    Makes me insanely regret opting for Sony only TVs a few years ago. Stupid me figured it'd get more updates and all due to Android TV, doesn't even have stuff like Sky Ticket support. What a waste of cash...
  14. Digital Dude macrumors 6502a

    Digital Dude

    Oct 12, 2008
    Arizona where freedom still means something
    Good news; maybe they can get it to finally work.
  15. unfunfionn macrumors member


    Mar 12, 2015
    Berlin, Germany
    I have a 2017 Samsung TV that I bought a year ago and this being excluded is yet another reason why I’ll never buy another Samsung TV. Too many compromises already.
  16. Moonjumper macrumors 68000


    Jun 20, 2009
    Lincoln, UK
    4K iTunes content on a Samsung TV, but not on a 5K Apple iMac! Any iMac since it went retina probably has more processing power than any TV, so that shouldn't be the issue. Is macOS not trusted enough?
  17. epelba01 macrumors member

    Feb 14, 2013
    I agree with you. I can understand limitations of AirPlay 2 support as it may be a hardware limitation. The Apple TV app should be available on most smart TVs. Hopefully they will reconsider.
  18. Jorisvz macrumors newbie

    Jun 17, 2014
    I have a UE49MU6100 here, version 1270, bought in 2018. No update or app has appeared yet... If anyone knows how to get the update, please share it with us.
  19. joueboy macrumors 68000

    Jul 3, 2008
    Makes me wonder if Apple have a fix update on tvOS for AppleTV itself. The current version is buggy expecially when try to scroll forward and reverse, sometimes it works sometimes it won't. Really frustrating! i guess that's what happens when are too busy to develop to other platform and neglected their own product.
  20. bizzy045 macrumors 6502


    Oct 5, 2011
    Not seeing an update here. See the Apple TV app in the Samsung App Store on the tv but says can’t connect to network when everything else works. Anyone get an update to the firmware of their Samsung tv?
  21. kcslc macrumors member

    Aug 30, 2018
    So no Q65FN on the list? I imagine Costco sells a lot of these. But Samsung seems to ignore these models when releasing firmware updates. :/
  22. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    Home is everywhere and nowhere.
    Pretty positive the Tv has hardware accelerate chips in them for decoding/handling signals, the iMac does not have this, it would consume considerably more power to do so.
  23. DeanLubaki macrumors 6502a


    May 29, 2014
    Samsung TV Users: you need to update your TV software then go download the Apple TV app on the Samsung App Store.
    --- Post Merged, May 13, 2019 ---
    Lol take a seat. LG doesn't ever support the 2018 model still being sold
  24. bizzy045 macrumors 6502


    Oct 5, 2011
    My 2018 model is on the list of supported tvs yet there is no update for the tv available yet. Have you downloaded an update successfully?
  25. unfunfionn macrumors member


    Mar 12, 2015
    Berlin, Germany
    Duly noted. I'll add LG to my list. Pretty soon my only alternative will be books at this stage :)

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