Samsung Smart TVs Adding Support for iTunes Video Content and AirPlay 2

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  1. ipedro macrumors 68040


    Nov 30, 2004
    Toronto, ON
    iTunes on Windows didn’t turn a PC into a Mac.

    Getting iTunes on third party TVs and AppleMusic on Alexa is a benefit to Apple users who now have more places to watch and listen to their content. Most important of all, it keeps them in the Apple ecosystem.

    Apple users will continue to buy iPhones, iPads, AppleWatches, and Macs, all of which is where the revenue comes from. And yes, those who love the Apple ecosystem experience will buy AppleTVs and HomePods to get the native Apple experience.

    Stop it with your sky is falling exaggerations. This strategy is more complex than the two dimensions you’re making your predictions based on.
  2. Spock macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2002
    Before Apple started allowing Apple Music on Echo I thought the same thing. Things are changing at Apple, I have a feeling 2019 will be a surprising year for Apple.
  3. Dominicanyor macrumors 65816


    Apr 1, 2012
  4. Tech198 macrumors G5

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
    Money in the bank for Apple :D I don't believe it either.
  5. benh310 macrumors newbie

    Feb 8, 2016
    I hope to see 4k iTunes support on Mac some day!
  6. Mac 128 macrumors 603

    Mac 128

    Apr 16, 2015
    The picture on the vizio was comparable to the LG. I was looking at a much more expensive 70” Vizio than the 65” LG on sale, despite the Vizio missing a tuner which I wanted. The sales guys I spoke to, who had every reason to sell me the more expensive Vizio, warned me that they saw far more Vizio returned for repair and reliability issues, so that ruled out Vizio for me. But again that was two years ago.

    I have a Sony 900E which I will keep until OLED tech comes down in price and has a little more time in the field. So I doubt I will need a new TV for 5-10 years, at which time the entire landscape could have changed dramatically.

    In the meantime, I’ve read reviews where the TCL was given very high marks compared to the very well reviewed Sony 900 series. But it’s still a very new brand out of China and I haven’t heard much about support issues, something I’d want to know more about before aI bought. But again, this all happened after I bought my TV. By the time I buy my next one, ill know a lot more about it. And, I expect all of the major brands will have improved their built-in OS, making both my previous observations and the current ones moot. Apple may even have an app for Roku by then.
  7. ksec macrumors 6502

    Dec 23, 2015
    I was referring to AirPlay TV, or AirPlay Video, which was never available outside of Apple hardware.
  8. dontwalkhand macrumors 601


    Jul 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    Yes. Not just mirror but “cast” video content as well
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    Is it about time we call iTunes something else? It sounds like a music service but there’s no music to be found on the Samsung TV.
  9. BvizioN macrumors 601


    Mar 16, 2012
    Manchester, UK
    Same here. Got an LG smart TV that does offer all the popular apps like Netflix, Amazon Video, YouTube etc, with even dedicated buttons on it's remote. I find myself very rarely (a couple of times a month) checking the Apple 4K TV, and only if I wanted to watch any of the movies I have purchased. I love LG TV's so I don't think I will go for Samsung but wish Apple would work the same thing out with LG.
  10. k0bayashi macrumors member

    Jan 6, 2019
  11. GregJohn macrumors regular


    Oct 29, 2015
    Saskatoon, SK
    not sure if my tv will support it - be nice if it does.
  12. ds2000 macrumors regular


    May 24, 2012
    Completely agree, with a PS4 and Chromecast in the house I've had zero use for my Apple TV and sold it 2 years ago. This is a welcome step from Samsung and Apple.
  13. Abazigal macrumors G3


    Jul 18, 2011
    I like the Apple TV remote for scrubbing content. Controlling it via a traditional tv remote is a pain.

    Also for playing Apple Music, apps (airvideo, wwdc app).

    Just wish it had more games. Grimvalor is my latest fix and I would gladly pay for a tv version.
  14. HJM.NL macrumors 65816


    Jul 25, 2016
    That list is much bigger when you take every Apple product to the list that isn’t compelling/competitive anymore.
  15. DavidMalcolm macrumors newbie


    Nov 3, 2015
    Not sure how I feel about this. On the one hand, Samsung makes reliable TVs, on the other hand I literally didn't buy one because of how much they make fun of iPhone users in their ads. Also given that Apple ditched them as a processor manufacturer and blessed LG with the support for the UltraFine, I'm surprised to see Apple didn't go this way with TV support. Though who knows, if they're giving support to Samsung, LG can't be far behind, I doubt this is an exclusive deal.

    Personally I never buy video content from Apple, but I do use my Apple TV for Netflix and Plex. Though if Plex support and Netflix comes to the Nintendo Switch, I'll have no real use for the Apple TV.
  16. Bonte macrumors 6502a


    Jul 1, 2002
    Bruges, Belgium
    I also bought my dad an LG because the 'smarts' are not that intrusive but he never uses it, except to send a Youtube stream from his Mac to the TV, and that works only half of the time. I'm now looking into using a Chromecast to get it working reliably, that is if it doesn't conflict with the TV smarts.

    It's all way to complicated to work with.
  17. Loge macrumors 68030


    Jun 24, 2004
    If my Apple TV broke tomorrow, I would still buy another one rather than buy a whole new TV.
  18. timber macrumors 6502

    Aug 30, 2006
    I also have a Panasonic plasma (a stupid one). Sticking to picture quality alone (of course it's bezels are large, it's quite heavy at around 40 kg but nevertheless has a much better pedestal that those behind supplied today) there is nothing besides an OLED that impresses compared to it.

    Samsung (for example) may use all the alphabet to obfuscate the fact they are still selling LCDs that only do grey but the only real reason to upgrade it would be 4K and I still think that is not worth it. When I do it the doubt will be which OLED supplier to choose from.

    So having a separate box (be it ATV or other someone may prefer) that provides the best experience provides the best of several worlds, best picture quality, best UI, best experience, best privacy and the cherry on top, the most cost effective experience.
  19. Menel macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    They have had Plex clients for a long time. Since 2015 models, if not earlier.
  20. Khedron macrumors 6502

    Sep 27, 2013
    They should learn from Apple and call it something like "Liquid Retina" instead
  21. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    I very much share the same opinion as you, but Sony FALD sets are really great for HDR content. It is the only non-OLED I would seriously consider for watching movies.
  22. timber macrumors 6502

    Aug 30, 2006
    That is true. Sony's VA FALD LCDs are pretty good.
  23. Awesom-0 macrumors member


    Oct 10, 2017
    A $30 dollar chromecast or roku if you stopped using iTunes
  24. nburwell macrumors 601


    May 6, 2008
    I just bought a 4K Samsung Smart TV on Black Friday. I didn't even bother connecting the TV to our wifi knowing that I was just going to connect our Apple TV. My wife subsequently got me the Apple TV 4K for Christmas.

    I would say this announcement is definitely good for those who don't already have a streaming player (ATV, Roku, Chromecast, etc.). But I still prefer the Apple TV if I'm being completely honest. Just my $0.02.

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