LG's Latest Smart TVs Will Receive AirPlay 2 Update in Mid 2019

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LG today announced that its new smart TVs will receive a software update in mid 2019 with support for AirPlay 2 and HomeKit.


LG first revealed plans to add AirPlay 2 and HomeKit to its latest smart TVs at CES in January. At the time, it said the features would arrive in 2019, and today's announcement narrows down the timeframe to the middle of the year.
New LG TVs will receive an upgrade mid-year to support Apple AirPlay 2 and Apple HomeKit for easy streaming of video and audio content and connectivity to Apple's smart home products. 2019 LG TV owners can also expect to receive a firmware update that will add Amazon Alexa support to complement Google Assistant which is included out of the box...
AirPlay 2 support will allow users to stream videos, music, photos, and more directly from an iPhone, iPad, and Mac to eligible LG smart TVs, complete with lock screen controls. HomeKit support will enable users to easily control the TVs using Siri voice commands or the Home app on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

AirPlay 2-enabled TVs from LG will include its 2019 OLED, NanoCell SM9X, LG NanoCell SM8X, and UHD UM7X models, according to Apple's list.

Samsung, Sony, and Vizio also plan to release AirPlay 2-enabled smart TVs this year. Last month, Samsung's new 2019 lineup of QLED 4K and 8K TVs with AirPlay 2 support became available to pre-order in the United States. MacRumors also reported that Roku is in talks with Apple about AirPlay 2 integration.

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LG today announced that its new smart TVs will receive a software update in mid 2019 with support for AirPlay 2 and HomeKit.


LG first revealed plans to add AirPlay 2 and HomeKit to its latest smart TVs at CES in January. At the time, it said the features would arrive in 2019, and today's announcement narrows down the timeframe to the middle of the year.AirPlay 2 support will allow users to stream videos, music, photos, and more directly from an iPhone, iPad, and Mac to eligible LG smart TVs, complete with lock screen controls. HomeKit support will enable users to easily control the TVs using Siri voice commands or the Home app on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

AirPlay 2-enabled TVs from LG will include its 2019 OLED, NanoCell SM9X, LG NanoCell SM8X, and UHD UM7X models, according to Apple's list.

Samsung, Sony, and Vizio also plan to release AirPlay 2-enabled smart TVs this year. Last month, Samsung's new 2019 lineup of QLED 4K and 8K TVs with AirPlay 2 support became available to pre-order in the United States. MacRumors also reported that Roku is in talks with Apple about AirPlay 2 integration.

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How long before someone complains their 5 year old TV won’t get This update?
 

Icaras

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Who thinks Apple is even going to make the rumored lower cost Apple TV now that TVs are being built with AirPlay 2 support?

And by the way, this is excellent news. Between WiSA and AirPlay 2 support, I’m really looking forward to getting a 2019 LG set later this year :D
 
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glindon

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How about they bring them to their 8 series OLEDs that they are still selling...
Exactly. I just bought one before Christmas. They can’t go back and add this feature to TVs they are still selling as of today? I’d even pay for the update too.
 
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Yeah, sounds quite cheap of them not adding it to a bit older models as well but I would guess they have difficulties getting ppl to upgrade since eg their oled panels have been so good last years already.

We have LG 2017 OLED modell and can’t find any big diff on newer modell compelling enough to upgrade already. An ATV4K with that makes me avoid its built in software already anyway.
 

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Yeah, sounds quite cheap of them not adding it to a bit older models as well but I would guess they have difficulties getting ppl to upgrade since eg their oled panels have been so good last years already.

We have LG 2017 OLED modell and can’t find any big diff on newer modell compelling enough to upgrade already. An ATV4K with that makes me avoid its built in software already anyway.
True. I use Apple TV primarily but wasn’t one of the features HomeKit support? So I can control the LG tv with the home.app?
 

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But disappointed. I have a 2018 lg that won’t be getting the update, but my 2018 Samsung will. Seems like Samsung May be the better value in software support
 

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My LG is not gonna make the cut. But I prefer the Roku interface anyway. So can’t wait for that to get the upgrade.
 

ipedro

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Who thinks Apple is even going to make the rumored lower cost Apple TV now that TVs are being built with AirPlay 2 support?

And by the way, this is excellent news. Between WiSA and AirPlay 2 support, I’m really looking forward to getting a 2019 LG set later this year :D
AppleTV isn’t just an “AirPlay box”. People get AppleTV’s for the polished Apple UX and compatability with the apps they already use on iOS also often available for tvOS.
 

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AppleTV isn’t just an “AirPlay box”. People get AppleTV’s for the polished Apple UX and compatability with the apps they already use on iOS also often available for tvOS.
It isn't, but the rumored dongle Apple TV might just be that: https://www.macrumors.com/2018/11/21/apple-tv-dongle-possible/

I imagine it would be just powerful enough to only allow iTunes and Apple Music customers (and potentially the new Apple TV service) to stream their Apple owned content to their TVs without the need of an App store, not unlike the iPod Nano.

With TVs quickly adopting AirPlay 2, I am starting to doubt the dongle rumor.
 

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So my $3,500 brand new C8 is intentionally being made obsolete right out of the box. Great marketing LG, screwing your most loyal customers on current high-end models. Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory over other brands is genius.

So who's the brainiac in marketing trying to get us all to return our post-holiday purchases, while Christmas buyers get stuck with their big sheet of coal? Vizio and Samsung should send him a bonus.
 

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It isn't, but the rumored dongle Apple TV might just be that: https://www.macrumors.com/2018/11/21/apple-tv-dongle-possible/

I imagine it would be just powerful enough to only allow iTunes and Apple Music customers (and potentially the new Apple TV service) to stream their Apple owned content to their TVs without the need of an App store, not unlike the iPod Nano.

With TVs quickly adopting AirPlay 2, I am starting to doubt the dongle rumor.
I think the only reason that Apple is allowing this on so many TVs is because they know they need to broaden the base for potential subscribers for their video streaming service. By that logic it would behoove them to maximise access even further by introducing a cheaper AppleTV/streaming device. I don’t see any downside for them to do so. It’s a competitve enough field as it is without limiting themselves by not having genuinely competing hardware at a similar cost of entry.

I just think it’s a problem for them that basically everyone else sells or runs on perfectly reasonable streaming hardware available so cheaply but they don’t. They’re saying buy an expensive AppleTV, or a new television and don’t use android as your phone OS. That is very limiting if they want to maximise their chances with their new venture.
 
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At first I thought that it wasn’t smart including Airplay into the televisions... but they really doesn’t have a choice if they want to compete with Amazon and Google and also want to make their upcoming streaming service a success.

I think my 1-year old LG OLED needs an update ;)
 

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Are any of these actually available to purchase yet? I'm in the market for a 4K TV and given I only really use my Apple TV for Netflix and the occasional mirroring what's the 'best' (subjective I know, historically I have been a fan of Sony TVs) model currently available with AirPlay 2 support?
 

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AppleTV isn’t just an “AirPlay box”. People get AppleTV’s for the polished Apple UX and compatability with the apps they already use on iOS also often available for tvOS.
I'd be willing to bet one of the reasons Apple is opening up AirPlay to other OEM"S is the data they have on ATV usage. I'd bet that data says most ATV's are used as an "AirPlay box" or Netflix/Hulu/Amazon/Youtube machine. I'd also bet that would be the reason to build that rumored ATV dongle... data that says the ATV is primarily used just like a Chromecast, Fire Stick, or Roku dongle.

On topic: LG will only make the decision to update 2017/18 TV's if 1. They get enough negative press or 2. Their sales are negatively affected.
 

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But disappointed. I have a 2018 lg that won’t be getting the update, but my 2018 Samsung will. Seems like Samsung May be the better value in software support
Hardly. I bought a Samsung with “evolution kit” support and then they later killed it for my model.
 

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Are any of these actually available to purchase yet? I'm in the market for a 4K TV and given I only really use my Apple TV for Netflix and the occasional mirroring what's the 'best' (subjective I know, historically I have been a fan of Sony TVs) model currently available with AirPlay 2 support?
The 2019 LG OLEDs haven’t been released, nor has the price been announced. However, doing a quick search on the model #’s, you can expect to pay around $3,500-$3,700 for the 65” C9 and $4,000 - $4,300 for the 65” E9.
 

HJM.NL

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Who thinks Apple is even going to make the rumored lower cost Apple TV now that TVs are being built with AirPlay 2 support?

And by the way, this is excellent news. Between WiSA and AirPlay 2 support, I’m really looking forward to getting a 2019 LG set later this year :D
I’ve bought an LG OLED in 2018. You won’t be disappointed and I personally prefer the color calibration on an LG above the screens of Samsung (much softer to the eyes).

I really hope the 2018 also receive an update if possible.
 
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