HomeKit and AirPlay 2 Rolling Out to 2019 LG ThinQ TVs Starting Tomorrow [Updated]

MacRumors

macrumors bot
Original poster
Apr 12, 2001
7,483
8,541



Update: An LG spokesperson now says that the information shared by its UK PR team is inaccurate and there are no current plans to bring AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support to LG TVs that were released earlier than 2019. From LG:

"LG cannot guarantee that TV models prior to 2019 will be able to deliver a seamless user experience. Therefore, while this may be a possibility in the future, at the moment, LG has no plans to update its pre-2019 TVs with Airplay 2 or HomeKit."

LG still plans to bring AirPlay 2 to its 2019 TVs this week, and did not rule out the possibility of support for older TVs in the future.


Original article: LG today announced that AirPlay 2 and HomeKit compatibility are rolling out to 2019 AI ThinQ TVs starting on Thursday, July 25.

While the 2019 LG AI ThinQ TVs will be the first to get the firmware update that will enable HomeKit and AirPlay 2, new information shared today by Screen Times suggests AirPlay 2 and HomeKit will eventually be coming to all LG TV models with AI ThinQ in the future.


The information comes from Piers Le Moignan from LG's UK press team, who told Screen Times that "All LG TV models with AI ThinQ from past to present" will support AirPlay 2 and HomeKit eventually.

It's not clear when older LG TV models will receive a firmware update to add AirPlay 2 and HomeKit compatibility, but starting this week, all 2019 LG OLED TVs, NanoCell TVs, and UHD TVs with ThinQ AI capabilities will get the update.

With AirPlay 2, LG TV users can stream TV shows and movies from an iOS or macOS device directly to the television, with no Apple TV set-top box required. A movie can be started on an iPhone and AirPlayed right to a TV, as an example.

Mirroring a Mac or iOS device's screen to the TV is also possible, letting photos, spreadsheets, webpages, documents, games, and more be displayed on the larger screen of a TV set.

AirPlay 2 allows multiple audio sources to play the same content, so a song can be played on a single television set, multiple television sets, or a TV and other AirPlay 2 devices such as speakers for whole home audio.

The AirPlay 2 functionality in LG TVs is linked to HomeKit, so LG TV sets with the new firmware will show up in the Home app on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. In the Home app, LG TV users can do things like switch inputs, turn the television on and off, and adjust the volume. Siri can also be used for these commands, so a simple "Hey Siri" voice request on an iOS or macOS device can adjust the volume or turn the TV on or off, much like other HomeKit products.

Siri is also able to AirPlay content from an iOS device or Mac to the TV, which means a command like "Hey Siri, play Big Little Lies on the living room TV" will work as a quick way to play a TV show or movie without having to search for it directly.

LG says AirPlay 2 and HomeKit will roll out to 2019 TVs in more than 140 countries this week, with the update "continuing over the weeks to follow."

LG will be the third TV manufacturer to begin offering HomeKit and/or AirPlay 2 support. Samsung rolled out AirPlay 2 and an Apple TV app back in May (Samsung TVs don't support HomeKit) and Vizio has been beta testing its implementation of AirPlay 2 and HomeKit since April.


Along with LG, Vizio, and Samsung, Sony also has plans to introduce AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support later this year.

Article Link: HomeKit and AirPlay 2 Rolling Out to 2019 LG ThinQ TVs Starting Tomorrow [Updated]
 

Freida

macrumors 68000
Oct 22, 2010
1,810
1,942
I did, and apart from multi room support it seems that its the same hence why i asked if there is any real difference when you stream to your TV.

Because this airplay 2 seems to be bigger deal than it really is so whats the point?


ummmm. google.com
[doublepost=1563996436][/doublepost]

Maybe, But Mr. Spock ThinQ sound blows away Vizio
 

trife

macrumors 6502
Apr 16, 2012
455
466
Now if LG could get a HBO Now app we’d really be cookin’.

Boggles my mind why this hasn’t happened yet.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Chidi

MrSkoTA

macrumors member
Mar 22, 2010
50
12
My understanding is that Samsung will not get HomeKit but will get AirPlay 2. Can anyone confirm solidly that they will get HomeKit?
 

SanJoseEd

macrumors newbie
Jul 16, 2017
6
3
Would be nice if you could use a HomePod as a speaker system...
I'm trying to figure out if and/or how Airplay in any guise would be used with this set-up: LG OLEDE9 (the built-in apps are cute, but redundant to those I use on the connected ATV4) fed by an ATV4 connected to the LG's HDMI port 4 via hi-speed cable. I stream from the ATV4 to the LG - 4K in many versions works great. ATMOS makes it from the ATV4 to the E9's really decent speaker system, or can switch to stereo homepods (again, via the ATV4). The only diff I can see is that when the LG is using it's native apps, for instance Netflix, I no longer have the option to output to the homepods from within the E9's ecosystem. Switch input to the ATV4 and I've got both audio out options - homepod or the E9's speakers via the ATV4's 'audio' pull-down menu. Actually, weird as it seems, both the stereo homepods and the LG's native speakers can all be output to at the same time.

Would be nice if the iTunes movie and tv apps appeared within the LG's webos platform.

So, anyone posit a guess about what one may expect once the Airplay2 firmware is applied to the LG?
 

supertomtom

macrumors 6502a
Sep 21, 2007
535
419
Gold Coast, Australia
Along with LG, Vizio, and Samsung, Sony also has plans to introduce AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support later this year.
I'm pretty sure Samsung is not supporting HomeKit. Would be nice if they did as I'm using Apple TV so have no need for AirPlay 2 or the TV App. But currently have Alexa just to control the TV so HomeKit support would've come in handy.

Now if only Apple would just allow Siri to control Apple TV using HomePod. :rolleyes:
 

CWallace

macrumors 604
Aug 17, 2007
6,571
2,463
Seattle, WA
I’m sure it does, I just think it’s messed up to restrict the feature to 2019 tv’s unlike Vizio adding the feature to older TVs
AI ThinQ was part of the 8 Series TVs released in 2018, so per that comment by Piers Le Moignan, the 2018 models (B8, C8, E8, etc.) should all be eventually getting it, as well.
 

esaelias

macrumors 6502
Dec 30, 2016
256
38
AI ThinQ was part of the 8 Series TVs released in 2018, so per that comment by Piers Le Moignan, the 2018 models (B8, C8, E8, etc.) should all be eventually getting it, as well.

how likely do you think the b8 and c8 will get it aswell?
 

zorinlynx

macrumors 603
May 31, 2007
5,562
6,522
Florida, USA
Update: An LG spokesperson now says that the information shared by its UK PR team is inaccurate and there are no current plans to bring AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support to LG TVs that were released earlier than 2019.
And this, my friends, is why Smart TVs are such bull****. Your three year old TV, which still has a beautifully capable display panel, can't be upgraded to support current standards.

I wish it were still possible to buy a truly dumb TV. HDMI inputs are all I need. Plug in my Apple TV and it's done. When the Apple TV becomes obsolete, I upgrade it instead of replacing the whole TV.

Smart TVs also have security and privacy concerns. Complete, total fail.
 

Tarantularock

macrumors member
Mar 21, 2016
45
52
Agree! I have always treated our TV as just a display; the only feature I use is the ARC connection.

And this, my friends, is why Smart TVs are such bull****. Your three year old TV, which still has a beautifully capable display panel, can't be upgraded to support current standards.

I wish it were still possible to buy a truly dumb TV. HDMI inputs are all I need. Plug in my Apple TV and it's done. When the Apple TV becomes obsolete, I upgrade it instead of replacing the whole TV.

Smart TVs also have security and privacy concerns. Complete, total fail.
 
  • Like
Reactions: SoN1NjA

SoN1NjA

macrumors 68000
Feb 3, 2016
1,970
1,926
the pool
And this, my friends, is why Smart TVs are such bull****. Your three year old TV, which still has a beautifully capable display panel, can't be upgraded to support current standards.

I wish it were still possible to buy a truly dumb TV. HDMI inputs are all I need. Plug in my Apple TV and it's done. When the Apple TV becomes obsolete, I upgrade it instead of replacing the whole TV.

Smart TVs also have security and privacy concerns. Complete, total fail.
Agreed, can't wait to see what a laggy mess they become 2 years from now when they're no longer updated

Not to mention I don't need the smart in the TV so we're paying for features we won't use

Things I need my TV to do:
  • Turn on
  • Use the HDMI ports
  • Have picture viewing modes
 

justperry

macrumors G4
Aug 10, 2007
10,137
5,221
Home is everywhere and nowhere.
And this, my friends, is why Smart TVs are such bull****. Your three year old TV, which still has a beautifully capable display panel, can't be upgraded to support current standards.

I wish it were still possible to buy a truly dumb TV. HDMI inputs are all I need. Plug in my Apple TV and it's done. When the Apple TV becomes obsolete, I upgrade it instead of replacing the whole TV.

Smart TVs also have security and privacy concerns. Complete, total fail.
At least give an option for it to be a paid upgrade... lets say a few dollars or even a bit more.