HomePod Question about HomePod and Apple TV functionality.

Fozziebear71

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My question for the people that have Homepods and Apple Tv's is this. In our household we are switching from Directv Satellite to DirectvNow (which will be streaming throught the DirectvNow App on our Apple Tv's). Is the way that I am understanding the iOS 11.4 and Airplay 2 update correct in that if we are watching DirectvNow through our Apple Tv and I have two Homepods paired in stereo mode that the sound from the TV will be directed through the paired Homepods and no sound coming from the TV speakers?

Thanks to anyone who can clarify for me.
 

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tromboneaholic

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If you create a stereo pair in the "home" app on your iOS device, you can then select that stereo pair from Apple TV.

The Apple TV user interface sounds will come from the television, such as the beeps when you swipe across icons, but the audio from apps (shows, movies, music) will come from HomePod.
 

Jamie0003

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If you create a stereo pair in the "home" app on your iOS device, you can then select that stereo pair from Apple TV.

The Apple TV user interface sounds will come from the television, such as the beeps when you swipe across icons, but the audio from apps (shows, movies, music) will come from HomePod.
It’s a little odd that it does this, but it makes sense too since there will always be that little bit of audio lag to compensate for.

I have a question myself; I want a HomePod for my living room, with one of its functions to be able to pause and play the Apple TV. I understand this is possible with 11.4, however I can only get this to work if I say Hey Siri, pause the Apple TV, or Siri, pause. It should be able to understand that since the Apple TV is in the same room, it’ll work.

I wouldn’t mind saying hey Siri, pause the Apple TV, but right now this doesn’t appear to work. You have to say hey siri, pause the Apple TV in the living room, which seems a tad redundant for such a small task
 

dpgx81

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My question for the people that have Homepods and Apple Tv's is this. In our household we are switching from Directv Satellite to DirectvNow (which will be streaming throught the DirectvNow App on our Apple Tv's). Is the way that I am understanding the iOS 11.4 and Airplay 2 update correct in that if we are watching DirectvNow through our Apple Tv and I have two Homepods paired in stereo mode that the sound from the TV will be directed through the paired Homepods and no sound coming from the TV speakers?

Thanks to anyone who can clarify for me.
You are correct, the sound from the AppleTv will be played through the HomePods. I have this same setup currently and DirecTV Now is working perfectly through my AppleTV 4K. No latency issues here. I disabled the television speakers.
 

tromboneaholic

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It’s a little odd that it does this, but it makes sense too since there will always be that little bit of audio lag to compensate for.

I have a question myself; I want a HomePod for my living room, with one of its functions to be able to pause and play the Apple TV. I understand this is possible with 11.4, however I can only get this to work if I say Hey Siri, pause the Apple TV, or Siri, pause. It should be able to understand that since the Apple TV is in the same room, it’ll work.

I wouldn’t mind saying hey Siri, pause the Apple TV, but right now this doesn’t appear to work. You have to say hey siri, pause the Apple TV in the living room, which seems a tad redundant for such a small task
Odd. On 11.3 I had HomePod selected as audio output from my AppleTV and was just saying “hey Siri pause “ which would work. I’ll have to try with 11.4 and see if they broke it...
 

BlankStar

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Don't know about the DirectTV stuff since that's not available in Belgium, but I can tell you that Netflix, iTunes Movies, etc can be played with a HomePod stereo setup & built-in speakers together.

I start the movie and it'll be playing only via the built-in speakers, then I pick the HomePods and it will switch to only the HomePods, but when I then pick the TV again, everything will be playing together.

Hope that works in the DirectTVthingie :)
 

cjbryce

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Don't know about the DirectTV stuff since that's not available in Belgium, but I can tell you that Netflix, iTunes Movies, etc can be played with a HomePod stereo setup & built-in speakers together.

I start the movie and it'll be playing only via the built-in speakers, then I pick the HomePods and it will switch to only the HomePods, but when I then pick the TV again, everything will be playing together.

Hope that works in the DirectTVthingie :)
The is the way it works for me too.
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You, sir, are an impostor. Or maybe I am :)
 

zedsdead

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Since 11.4, Switching to the HomePod is actually probamatic. If you hold the PLUS button on the Apple TV remote on the home screen and switch to the HomePod now it does not actually output through the HomePod and volume cotnorls do not work with the remote.

You can however switch to the HomePod in most apps and it’ll change and work as it used to.

Direct TV now however does not use the standard which mean’s there is option for switching to the HomePod in the app.

If you switch to the HomePod on the Apple TV on the home screen and go into the direct tv app afterwards, it will output through the homepod; however, the volume controls don’t work (you have to use control center on the iPhone).

Trying to figure this out later, but I haven’t found a solution yet.
 

RRIVERA APPL

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Since 11.4, Switching to the HomePod is actually probamatic. If you hold the PLUS button on the Apple TV remote on the home screen and switch to the HomePod now it does not actually output through the HomePod and volume cotnorls do not work with the remote.

You can however switch to the HomePod in most apps and it’ll change and work as it used to.

Direct TV now however does not use the standard which mean’s there is option for switching to the HomePod in the app.

If you switch to the HomePod on the Apple TV on the home screen and go into the direct tv app afterwards, it will output through the homepod; however, the volume controls don’t work (you have to use control center on the iPhone).

Trying to figure this out later, but I haven’t found a solution yet.
Had the same problem with volume controls, reboot ATV and it start working.
 
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Jamie0003

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Odd. On 11.3 I had HomePod selected as audio output from my AppleTV and was just saying “hey Siri pause “ which would work. I’ll have to try with 11.4 and see if they broke it...
Yeah I think this does work, but I'm talking about if you are simply using the HomePod for voice control, and not using it for Airplay. I have my Apple TV connected to my home theatre so don't need the HomePod for sound, but I do want it for the voice command stuff.
 

BlankStar

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On iOS 11.3 beta I could command the Apple TV via the HomePod when the HP was used as the audio output.
On iOS 11.4 I can always command the Apple TV via the HomePod, no matter what I use as audio output.

Can't test the DirectTV thingie since it's not available here...
 
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