Apple Shares List of AirPlay 2-Enabled Smart TVs From Samsung, LG, Sony, and Vizio

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    A few days ago, Apple announced that AirPlay 2-enabled smart TVs are coming soon from leading manufacturers, and we've since seen a series of announcements from Samsung, LG, Sony, and Vizio at CES 2019.

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    Apple has now shared a list of AirPlay 2-enabled TVs announced to date:
    LG OLED (2019)
    LG NanoCell SM9X series (2019)
    LG NanoCell SM8X series (2019)
    LG UHD UM7X series (2019)
    Samsung QLED Series (2019 and 2018)
    Samsung 8 Series (2019 and 2018)
    Samsung 7 Series (2019 and 2018)
    Samsung 6 Series (2019 and 2018)
    Samsung 5 Series (2019 and 2018)
    Samsung 4 Series (2019 and 2018)
    Sony Z9G Series (2019)
    Sony A9G Series (2019)
    Sony X950G Series (2019)
    Sony X850G Series (2019 85", 75", 65" and 55" models)
    Vizio P-Series Quantum (2019 and 2018)
    Vizio P-Series (2019, 2018 and 2017)
    Vizio M-Series (2019, 2018 and 2017)
    Vizio E-Series (2019, 2018 and 2017)
    Vizio D-series (2019, 2018 and 2017)We've yet to see any AirPlay 2 announcements from smaller brands such as TCL, Hisense, Panasonic, or Toshiba.

    AirPlay 2 support will allow users to stream video, audio, photos, and more directly from an iPhone, iPad, or Mac to supported smart TVs. HomeKit support is also coming to many of these TVs, enabling users to control volume, playback, and more using Siri or the Home app on an iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

    Samsung announced that its latest smart TVs are also getting an exclusive iTunes TV and movie app for accessing the storefront.

    Apple is widely expected to launch a Netflix-esque streaming video service later this year, and AirPlay 2 support on leading smart TVs would make it easier for users to stream Apple's original content on the big screen without an Apple TV. Rumors suggest Apple could introduce the service within the first half of 2019.

    Article Link: Apple Shares List of AirPlay 2-Enabled Smart TVs From Samsung, LG, Sony, and Vizio
     
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    Shedding a collective tear for all those folks (myself included) that purchased a non-supported TV within the last few years.
     
  4. KPandian1 macrumors 65816

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    I guess the architecture of the Vizio smart TVs is different - their 2017 models on are compatible already. Wonder what the difference is?
     
  5. mozumder macrumors 6502a

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    Glad I waited for HDMI 2.1... coincides well with Airplay 2 support.
     
  6. Enclavean macrumors regular

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    Props to Vizio for supporting all the way to 2017
     
  7. dumastudetto macrumors 68030

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    Why? Apple TV is still the best way to experience and consume your content on the biggest screen in your home.
     
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    Wish TCL would make an announcement on this
     
  9. Cryates macrumors 68020

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    I don't disagree, because I own an Apple TV 4K, but AirPlay access directly to the TV would still be beneficial. Most average consumers also don't want to shell out an additional $150-200 for the Apple TV if the option was available on the TV itself.
     
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    Hopefully Sony will enable this on older models with a future update. The fact that older Visios are listed, reflects this is a software matter.
     
  11. nicho macrumors 68020

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    You're not confusing Airplay-enabled with Airplay 2-enabled are you? I have a Xiaomi TV I can airplay video to directly, that's been around for years.
     
  12. m11rphy macrumors 6502

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    The Apple TV doesn't give you HomeKitsupport allowing you to incorporate the TV in HomeKit scenes
     
  13. dumastudetto macrumors 68030

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    Yes this is why they are partnering with TV markets to offer an integrated solution for those who won't buy the box. It's never going to be anywhere near as nice as having an Apple TV connected, but this move will eventually allow pretty much everyone to stream their Apple content on the big screen.

    I almost never use AirPlay to stream to my television. So it doesn't bother me that my TV won't have this. I do everything through Apple TV.
     
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  15. dumastudetto macrumors 68030

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    This is probably at least as much a niche use case as AirPlay itself to stream video.
     
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    Wonder if Apple will consider lowering the price of the Apple TV with this news.
     
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    If HomeKit is such a niche why are apple going in so hard of marketing homekit at CES and why does Macrumours have a dedicated HomeKit section. Tvs getting inbuilt homekit support is huge for the platform and for SIRI
     
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    You are not the all-encompassing use case though. You have to think about the average consumer. The ones who don't want to buy the extra accessory, in this case, the Apple TV. Also in this scenario, "eventually allow pretty much everyone" is a five-to-ten year strategy. Folks aren't upgrading their TV sets once a year, or even once every five years. Myself? I see zero need to upgrade my TV within the next ten years unless it just ceases to work one day, and I have a 2017 Sony 4K. In the end, I have an Apple TV so this won't affect me at all really, but it will have an impact on a lot of folks, and it's a shame that this can't have broader support from the OEM's.
     
  19. aitala macrumors newbie

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    I'm not sure this will happen as TCL uses Roku for their OS. I think it will depend on Roku supporting it... and I don't know about that.

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    Great blow for Apple TV which anyways not doing much....it completely makes sense unless Apple itself start making TVs!
     
  21. KPandian1 macrumors 65816

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    Not sure if I am mixing up the two.

    I saw this list from Vizio yesterday on their website and commented on it. It is on their Beta enrollment page.

    Wonder if this will be ploy to "retire" the existing 2017, 2018 models by the other makers.
     
  22. Mike Oxard macrumors 6502a

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    Would it be able to if it were connected to HDMI ARC?
     
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    Got one a couple months ago :-( I don't think it really matters though considering I've got an AppleTV connected. Anyone have a suggestion for a 3rd party remote that can control the AppleTV well? I can't stand the Siri Remote (especially considering the lack of mute button).
     
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    No one would buy an AppleTV just to use airplay either. I mean honestly, how often does this situation of needing to toss a video to the TV really come up?
     
  25. dumastudetto macrumors 68030

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    It possibly will be a big deal but it's not yet. Going hard on marketing means nothing. Many of these companies bet heavily on 3D televisions too with heavy marketing and we all know how that ended up.
     

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