AirPlay 2 on Smart TVs: Other Brands Coming, Lock Screen Controls, Siri, and More

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Following today's news that Samsung and Apple have worked together to bring an iTunes Movies & TV app and AirPlay 2 support to 2018 and 2019 Samsung smart TVs, Apple has updated its AirPlay page with additional info on how that feature will be implemented on TVs. Among the details described as coming soon:

    - Apple says "leading TV manufacturers" will be including AirPlay 2 support in their TVs, indicating that this initiative will not be a Samsung exclusive. Apple has not, however, announced additional TV partners or a timeline for when AirPlay 2 will come to these other brands. Samsung's support is rolling out in a firmware update for 2018 TVs and built into 2019 models "beginning this spring."


    - AirPlay 2-enabled TVs will act just like any other AirPlay 2 speaker, meaning you can send many different types of audio from an iOS device or your Mac to your TV. Music being sent to your TV via AirPlay 2 can also be synced with other AirPlay 2 speakers.


    - You can already control AirPlay content such as play/pause, fast forward, and rewind via a Lock screen widget or Control Center on your iOS device, and Apple has confirmed that AirPlay content on smart TVs can be controlled the same way, including control of the TV volume.


    - Smart TVs with AirPlay 2 will also integrate with Siri and HomeKit, meaning you can use your voice to request that a specific show be played on a specific TV, for example.

    It's unknown whether we can expect to hear more announcements about Apple's smart TV partnerships this week at CES, but we'll certainly be looking forward to more details about which TVs will support greater integration with Apple's services and when.

    Article Link: AirPlay 2 on Smart TVs: Other Brands Coming, Lock Screen Controls, Siri, and More
  2. ouimetnick macrumors 68020


    Aug 28, 2008
    Beverly, Massachusetts
    This pretty much rules out needing an Apple TV. Just AirPlay from an iOS or MacOS device. That is assuming you are in the market for a new fancy TV. Our old 2008 720p Panasonic Plasma still works just fine. The 4K quality is impressive though.
  3. oclor macrumors regular

    Jan 14, 2006
    I have a homepod and an Apple TV connected to my living room tv and can't wait to finally be able to control/watch through siri
  4. bwillwall macrumors 6502a


    Dec 24, 2009
    Very nice, especially the volume control part! I hope this doesn't mean they'll skip consoles as streaming devices, as that would reach a much wider audience than people who bough a specific brand of smart tv within the last year.
  5. Wig321 macrumors member

    Sep 13, 2018
  6. mcdj macrumors G3


    Jul 10, 2007
    Which is exactly why I’d be scratching my head if I were a stockholder.
  7. adrianlondon macrumors 6502a


    Nov 28, 2013
    "AirPlay 2-enabled TVs will act just like any other AirPlay 2 speaker, meaning you can send many different types of audio..."

    so how does that replace an Apple TV? I can't even find the point of sending audio to a TV anyway; might as well send it to a sound system.
  8. rturner2 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2009
    This is mainly about movies, TV, rentals etc. Not really apps??? or games??
  9. mrow macrumors regular

    Aug 15, 2009
    I used to do this for years on the ATV2/3 before the Apple TV supported apps. I never want to have to go back to doing that.
  10. dilbert99 macrumors 68000

    Jul 23, 2012
    It can send video too.

    But I don't think airplay will take off on Smart TVs unless you can control it from a standard remote control.
    We have multiple harmony remotes and while you can control using voice on Alexa/Google, its much faster and easier to use a remote.
    What is useful is if speech can do things that are hard to do on a remote such as rewind 20 seconds. (A bit like what did they say feature on Apple TV)
    I don't think that smart assistant programming have caught up yet to natural speech as related to controlling a tv quickly.
  11. sputnikv macrumors 6502


    Oct 3, 2009
    This is a near-miss for us HomePod owners with the hopes of using our HomePods as audio outputs for our TVs
  12. TXAppleUser macrumors member


    Nov 30, 2011
  13. Manatlt macrumors 6502a

    Aug 26, 2013
    London, UK
    ....and Windows 10...

    And FaceTime. Please Apple!
  14. mcdj macrumors G3


    Jul 10, 2007
    Pretty sure the vast majority of soccer mom/dads who buy an ATV are just looking for a way to watch movies/TV.
  15. MhzDoesMatter macrumors regular

    Jul 1, 2002
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida
    A lot of tvs are connected to to sounds systems. Or multi room audio for rooms without airplay speakers.
  16. dominiongamma macrumors 65816

    Oct 19, 2014
    Tempe, Arizona
    I may jump once this happens
  17. erinsarah macrumors regular

    Mar 17, 2011
    I'm trying to imagine a scenario with this that doesn't involve me getting up to turn on another device. Currently I can tell my phone to airplay, say, Apple Music, to my Great Room Apple TV. Doing that wakes up the ATV, which in turn, though HDMI, turns on the TV. But at that point I am stuck listening to the music through the TV speakers unless I go over to my entertainment center and turn on the receiver to pump the TV sound out to my external speakers.
  18. SBlue1 macrumors 65816


    Oct 17, 2008
    Playing it on an Apple TV is still superior compared to air playing content, which gets interrupted when you move to the spot of your home with poor or no wifi or when someone rings you up.

    And for quite a few people the TVs sound bar may be the only sound system they have.
  19. Abazigal macrumors G3


    Jul 18, 2011
    Apple TV revenue is chump change compared to services revenue.
  20. Mikotiv macrumors newbie

    Jul 28, 2016
    Well, some people don’t have a sound system.
    I just have a TV connected to a sound bar, it’s nice to have a glance to the album cover while music it’s on the background.

    It’s juts me or Apple is preparing f everything for its video streaming service?
  21. Cosmosent macrumors 6502a


    Apr 20, 2016
    La Jolla, CA
    RE: "described as coming soon:"

    When your AAPL, you don't need to actually Produce anything, just issue a PR that says you will Produce !

    In the meantime, the AAPL Board is interviewing Cook's possible replacement !

    NO ONE should be surprised if AAPL announces this week that Cook has stepped down as CEO.
  22. sully54 macrumors regular


    Sep 15, 2012
    I’m thinking this is a move to prepare for apple’s video streaming service.
  23. 31 Flavas macrumors 6502

    Jun 4, 2011
    Aren't AV receivers already capable of AirPlay? I don't own one so I don't know how it works. Rather I excluded Air Play capable models when I recently shopped for a AV receiver, as I already owned an Apple TV.

    That is I rather thought TVs never licensed AirPlay since it was 1) covered by AV receivers already 2) a licensing expense they could cut.

    Where as iMessage has never been licensed anywhere period because 1) Platform advantage 2) Privacy / Security issues
  24. centauratlas macrumors 6502a


    Jan 29, 2003
    I think they want to add people to the ecosystem and subscriptions so that they aren't as reliant on quarter to quarter hardware sales. If you purchase or rent a movie on a TV and don't have an Apple device, you may decide you need one to watch the movie or series later when you go mobile.

    Not to mention their purported TV plans.
  25. Mac 128 macrumors 603

    Mac 128

    Apr 16, 2015
    To add it to other major TV manufacturers, they’re going to need to be supported by Android TV OS, which is what Sony is using. If that’s where this goes, I really hope Sony supports it on their recent TVs. It would be a nice option to have.

    WebOS and Roku I guess are the other two platforms Apple would have to support?

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