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

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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.

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oclor

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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
 
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bwillwall

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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.
 

dilbert99

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"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.
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.
 

sputnikv

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This is a near-miss for us HomePod owners with the hopes of using our HomePods as audio outputs for our TVs
 

erinsarah

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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.
 
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SBlue1

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"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.
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.
 
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"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.
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?
 
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Cosmosent

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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.
 

31 Flavas

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Next up, iMessage on Android...
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
 

centauratlas

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Which is exactly why I’d be scratching my head if I were a stockholder.
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.
 

Mac 128

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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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