How AirPlay 2 and the Apple TV App Work on a Samsung TV

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    When iOS 12.3 and tvOS 12.3 launched earlier this week with the updated TV app that Apple first teased at its March event, Samsung also rolled out support for both AirPlay 2 and the new TV app, making it the first third-party company to launch these features.

    We have a Samsung TV set (the 2018 Q6F) that's compatible with the new Apple offerings, so we thought we'd check them out to give MacRumors readers a look at how Apple features work on third-party television sets.

    After installing a firmware update, Apple-compatible Samsung TV sets will have an Apple TV app, which is going to be unique to Samsung TVs for the foreseeable future. Other TV sets are gaining Apple features like AirPlay 2, but it's only Samsung that has a TV app option for now.

    The TV app on a Samsung TV looks almost identical to the TV app on the Apple TV, offering up a "Watch Now" feature that keeps track of the movies and the TV shows you're watching, plus content recommendations ranging from suggestions based on what you've watched to new content to trending content.

    The "Channels" feature that's new to the TV app is available on Samsung TVs, allowing users to subscribe to services like HBO, Starz, Showtime, and more right within the TV app. Channels content can be watched right within the TV app without the need to open up another app.

    There are dedicated sections for "Watch Now," Movies, TV Shows, Kids, Library, Search, and Settings, and the app offers up access to all of the iTunes content that you've previously purchased. You can also purchase or rent new movies within the app.

    Apple content on the Samsung TV works with other Samsung Smart TV services, including the Universal Guide, Bixby, and Search.

    Compatible Samsung TVs also now work with AirPlay 2, which means you can AirPlay content to them much like you would to a TV connected to an Apple TV set-top box.

    You can AirPlay music to the TV, AirPlay content from apps like YouTube, or AirPlay TV shows and movies. AirPlay functionality works from within apps or through the Control Center where AirPlay options are located.

    In our testing, the Apple TV and AirPlay 2 features on the Samsung TV set worked flawlessly, and were much like using an Apple TV set-top box. The experience was similar enough that it's easy to forget you're interacting with a Samsung Smart TV rather than an Apple TV box.

    There are quite a few Samsung TVs from 2018 and 2019 that are compatible with AirPlay 2 and the TV app, with a list available below:

    [*]Samsung FHD/HD 4, 5 Series (2018)
    [*]Samsung QLED 4K Q6, Q7, Q8, Q9 Series (2018 & 2019)
    [*]Samsung QLED 8K Q9 Series (2019)
    [*]Samsung The Frame Series (2018 & 2019)
    [*]Samsung The Serif Series (2019)
    [*]Samsung UHD 6, 7, 8 Series (2018 & 2019)

    These TV sets can access AirPlay 2 and the TV app right now, with a firmware update required on 2018 TV models.

    Other TV manufacturers like Vizio, Sony, and LG are also implementing similar features and will begin supporting AirPlay 2 and HomeKit later this year. Vizio is already beta testing AirPlay 2 and HomeKit features, as demonstrated in the video below.

    While Vizio, Sony, and LG all plan to support HomeKit, which will let you use Siri voice commands and the Home app to control your TV, Samsung is not implementing this feature and Samsung TVs won't be an available option in the Home app.

    Samsung has instead added the TV app, which Vizio, Sony, and LG have not announced support for.

    Article Link: How AirPlay 2 and the Apple TV App Work on a Samsung TV
  2. benshive macrumors regular

    Feb 26, 2017
    United States
    No update available yet for the 2018 UHD 6 Series for me
  3. TomaxXamot macrumors regular


    Jan 15, 2009
    Seattle, Washington
    I’ve been meaning to google whether AirPlay is encrypted or not and what potential privacy concerns there may be. Is it possible for, say, nefarious Smart TV apps, or Samsung themselves, to capture your content?
  4. Unity451 macrumors 6502


    Aug 29, 2011
    I wish there was a way to filter out all of the stuff that I can't watch without paying. It's annoying to still see so much "pay-required" content integrated in with stuff that is either free to watch, owned, or a part of an existing subscription. Is there "cord cutter" type term for people who heave their streaming device through a window?
  5. ownerofmac&ipod macrumors newbie


    Jan 9, 2007
    Same for me. I've been waiting since the announcement and hoping it works. Especially since we bought the TV only a month ago.
  6. irish2110 macrumors member

    Jul 9, 2008
    What model number TV do you have? I have a 6 series as well with no update. I called Samsung and they insisted that the 6 model will not receive the update even though its clearly stated it will.
  7. alexandr macrumors 6502a


    Nov 11, 2005
    never got myself an apple tv as i never saw enough reasons to, and i'm kind of glad they are phasing it out.
  8. kanki1985 macrumors member

    Oct 8, 2013
    2018 series 8 here and no updates!! But I don't care, I generally disconnect my TV from internet and use an apple TV. I don't trust Samsung with my Information.
  9. Dorv macrumors regular

    Feb 11, 2008
    They aren't phasing it out.
  10. EvilEvil macrumors 6502a


    Jan 8, 2007
    New York City
    Apple should just release the app for free on all platforms like Plex.
  11. FasterQuieter macrumors 6502


    Feb 21, 2008
    Strange that the TV app isn't available on older models. I have a 2016 KS8000 and I see no good reason they couldn't build an app for that. I can understand Airplay 2, if there are hardware limitations. Guess I'll have to not use the app on my Apple TV instead.
  12. benshive macrumors regular

    Feb 26, 2017
    United States
    Every list I've seen has included the 6 series. That'd be a bummer if they're not actually including it.
  13. gamersevil macrumors newbie

    Apr 30, 2015
    Series 7 and updated to version 1270 but no airpolay or tv app.
  14. irish2110 macrumors member

    Jul 9, 2008
    Same...I guess we'll see?
  15. alexandr macrumors 6502a


    Nov 11, 2005
    i think they slowly are. i mean who's going to want to pay money for something that takes up room, when your tv has all of the same functions?
  16. sammarshall macrumors newbie

    Feb 9, 2013
    Does anyone know if the AP2 TV's can push audio from non-apple content displayed on the TV (i.e. Dish, Xbox, etc.) to other AP2 devices?
  17. dustin lee macrumors newbie

    dustin lee

    Sep 28, 2016
    Because for those who do not have a proper TV will need the apple TV.

    Also, the thing is a size of a hockey puck. If your room can't fit an extra hockey puck, you got no business buying a new TV.
  18. weup togo macrumors 6502

    May 6, 2016
    So Beancounter Tim's plan is to commoditize Apple's ecosystem to the point that you can be an "Apple fan" while buying hardware from Apple's single largest competitor. This definitely isn't what SJ meant when he said they'd cracked the television problem.
  19. Gutwrench Contributor


    Jan 2, 2011
  20. EchoplexSE macrumors newbie

    Jan 22, 2018
    Somewhere in a sea of Blue
    Smart TVs don’t get connected to my network so hopefully Apple keeps releasing Apple TVs
  21. alexandr macrumors 6502a


    Nov 11, 2005
    i didn't say they are phased out, i said they are phasing it out. in a few years all tv's will have this feature.

    huh? if you're replacing your current tv the amount of room doesn't change at all, presuming you get the same sized tv. and i never said it's huge, but some of us prefer to have less clutter - if the hue hub could be virtual i would much prefer to not have it sit there.
  22. bcburrows macrumors 6502


    Mar 25, 2009
    I use mine with Fulgaz, an indoor cycling trainer app, the apple tv can control my smart trainer, altering resistence, inclide etc - best way of doing it and dont see how the TV will replace it.
  23. alexandr macrumors 6502a


    Nov 11, 2005
    i know nothing about fulgaz, so i'm not even going to challenge what you said, but is there no native way of doing that though?
  24. nburwell macrumors 601


    May 6, 2008
    I'm in the minority, but I never even bothered connecting my Samsung Smart TV to our home wi-fi. We have the ATV 4K and it works perfectly for us.

    Plus, I have the ATV placed behind the TV, so with that and the soundbar, I don't even see the actual hardware unless I'm cleaning.
  25. bizzy045 macrumors 6502


    Oct 5, 2011
    It's prob set to a auto update..the new version of firmware is just need that..if it is not working, hold down the power button for 10 secs or so to reset the tv. Mine is a 2018 6 series and works for me.

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