CES 2019: Sony's Upcoming 4K and 8K TVs to Support AirPlay 2 and HomeKit

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    Starting later this year, Sony's new 2019 Z9G Series 8K LCDs, A9G Series OLED 4K TVs, and X950G 4K LCD TVs will support Airplay 2 and HomeKit protocols from Apple.

    Other TV manufacturers, including Samsung, Vizio, and LG have also announced support for HomeKit and AirPlay 2 for their 2019 smart TV lineups. All of the major TV brands will support both, with the exception of Samsung. Samsung TVs support AirPlay 2 and will have an exclusive app for accessing iTunes content, but won't work with HomeKit.

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    With AirPlay 2 support, compatible Sony television sets will be able to stream videos, music, photos, and more right from an iPhone, iPad, or Mac, and multi-room audio across multiple AirPlay 2 devices will also be available.

    Content AirPlayed on Sony television sets will be able to be controlled using the Lock screen widget or the Control Center of an iOS device. Users will be able to play, pause, fast-forward, rewind, and adjust volume on the TV when AirPlaying TVs, movies, and music.

    With HomeKit and Siri integration, users will be able to control their TVs via Siri voice commands, using voice requests to do things like play specific TV shows on a specific television. The TVs will be present in the Home app, so Siri controls will also be available for doing things like turning on the TV or including the TV in a HomeKit scene.

    Sony's television sets run an Android-based operating system with built-in Cast support from Google, which means users will be able to choose between using Google and Apple services.

    AirPlay-compatible Sony television sets include the newly announced Z9G 8K TVs available in 98 and 85 inch sizes, the new A9G 4K OLED TVs available in 77, 65, and 55 inch options, and the new X950G 4K LCD TVs available in 55, 65, 75 and 85 inch sizes, all of which are set to launch in spring 2019. Sony says that AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support will launch for these TV sets "later this year."

    Apple has added new details about the upcoming smart television integrations on its AirPlay website for those who want more information about its upcoming partnerships with TV manufacturers.

    Article Link: CES 2019: Sony's Upcoming 4K and 8K TVs to Support AirPlay 2 and HomeKit
     
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  3. Pepe4life macrumors regular

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    If this happens, android users will literally take apart the code and run this on every android phone and tablet in no time
     
  4. philmore13 macrumors member

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    Home kit and Siri are so far behind Amazon Alexa it’s a joke. So far, that I feel like Tony Stark walking around my Malibu mansion. Apple completely dropped the ball on both. Sincerely, an Apple fanboy.
     
  5. Donar macrumors 6502

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    Ok SONY, now please ditch AndroidTV software on your TV sets and bring out an updated AV Receiver with Airplay 2 support.
     
  6. hface119 macrumors member

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    I wouldn’t count out some sort of device authentication in the background, ensuring the app is running on an approved device. That’s just my 2 bit first thought, but there are plenty of other ways they could still keep it locked down.
     
  7. abbstrack macrumors regular

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    oof. My x900F from 2018 wont be supported. bummer. Guess I'll still have to buy AppleTv 4K.
     
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    Same here. Just bought it about a week ago though so I’m considering returning it and picking up the newer model when the time comes.
     
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    Caveman Siri™
     
  10. abbstrack macrumors regular

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    if you got your x900f on discount like i did (I paid 1699 for a 65" and saw it drop down to $1599 in december) I'd keep it and get the apple tv. when that 950G comes out it's going to likely be upwards of 2K. The 900F is an amazing tv, Airplay 2 seems to be the major difference.
     
  11. MarkIII macrumors newbie

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    Is Apple not concerned about these new features cannibalizing Apple TV sales? I am all for these additions and I know the Apple TV offers a different experience but for most people having air play streaming from their iPhone to their tv would be enough to pass on buying the Apple TV instead. I’m sure Apple isn’t making these TV manufacturers pay licensing fees equivalent to the price of an Apple TV.
     
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    Do we know this for sure? Is there any reason why support for it wouldn't be backward compatible with a firmware update?
     
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    But why? Homekit is instant. All my hue lights and lifx lights turn on instantly and remember the correct colors. My Alexa sucks. It’s slow as hell. The hue stuff should be instant but compared to homekit Alexa lags. You can’t create quick scenes with colors that are currently in use for Alexa either. The amazon integration isn’t that great. I barely use my Alexa spot anymore. Sometimes for alarms and other things homekit doesn’t do through my wink hub.
    What does the Alexa do better honestly? Because with my setup it’s laggy and the app sucks ass compared to homekit
     
  14. Russlush3 macrumors member

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    So it seems while most TV manufacturers will support Airplay 2 and HomeKit, only Samsung TVs will have an app to watch iTunes video content? I suppose playing on my iPad and sending to the TV with Airplay 2 is an acceptable work around, but would be nice to have iTunes directly on the TV. Almost makes me wonder why only Samsung has this feature.
     
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    i'm hoping, but press release doesnt state anything about backwards compatibility. Samsung specifically called out their backwards compatibility so I'd assume sony would do the same.

    based on specs i agree that tv's don't appear to be that different where a firmware upgrade wouldn't be able to add the functionality. Time will tell.
     
  16. cuencap macrumors regular

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    I spent the last week in a house with an Alexa. I was somewhat impressed with its ability to play music from different sources for the most part. However, it still screwed up a number of playlists and albums with multiple discs. Didn't use it for anything other than easy questions that Siri always gets right though.

    On a sidenote, you gotta admit this Airplay 2 + Homekit rollout to top TV manufacturers caught everyone by surprise. Haven't had a true Apple surprise in a while!
     
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    They're the only ones not running Android for their TVs.
     
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    What code, iOS? iOS has been disected for years via the jailbreak community.
    This makes about as much sense as someone saying "invest in the toilet paper market since we always use it." :p:D
     
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    It doesn't do anything better.

    With a raspberry pi and the npm software you can use just about any home automation device with home kit.
     
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    Plus we’ve seen Android devices wirh Airplay support already e.g. the HTC10.
     
  22. havenyoung macrumors regular

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    I would still choose Apple TV 4k because of the native Dolby Vison and Dolby Atmos support. Airplay 2 doesn't support 4k or HDR I believe.
     
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    Apple doesn't care about A-TV hardware sales. They're likely going to be pushing a video streaming service soon, and if not, it's about ecosystem more than anything else.
     
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    LG TV sets are running WebOS. :) But you are right, Samsung TV sets run Tizen not Android TV.
     

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