LG tonight announced that it'll start pushing an update to its 2019 line of televisions that will enable Apple's AirPlay 2 and HomeKit capabilities. The firmware is coming to this year's OLED, NanoCell and UHD TVs that have the ThinQ AI on board.
The addition of AirPlay 2 will allow owners to easily send content — video, audio, pictures and whatever else is supported — from their iPhones, iPads and Macs to supported televisions. Previously, you'd have to have an Apple TV box connected to your TV to do that sort of thing.
Adding HomeKit essentially turns the TV into a giant portal for Siri, as well as the plethora of HomeKit-enabled devices. And instead of needing a separate piece of hardware (again, we're looking at you, Apple TV), you'll be able to do everything through your LG TV's remote control.
Along with LG, Samsung and Vizio (which is currently beta-testing its new firmware) have committed to adding HomeKit and AirPlay 2,
LG ROLLS OUT APPLE AIRPLAY 2 ON 2019 THINQ AI TVS, FIRST GLOBAL TV MANUFACTURER TO SUPPORT HOMEKIT
Play Content Directly from Apple Devices and Effortlessly
Control TV and Connected Smart Devices with Voice
SEOUL, July 24, 2019 — LG Electronics (LG) today announced that Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit are available starting July 25 on its 2019 AI TV lineup, making LG the first global TV manufacturer to support HomeKit. These Apple features will be available through a firmware update for 2019 LG OLED TVs, NanoCell TVs and UHD TVs with ThinQ AI capability.
With AirPlay 2, LG 2019 AI TV owners can effortlessly stream content — including Dolby Vision titles — from iPhone, iPad and Mac straight to their TV sets. Users can stream their favorite movies and television shows from the Apple TV app and other video apps as well as view photos directly on their LG AI TVs. Users can also play Apple Podcasts, Apple Music and music from their library or other streaming services through their LG AI TV and other AirPlay 2-compatible speakers in their home at the same time — all in sync.
HomeKit enables users to conveniently control their smart home with the Home app or via Siri on their Apple devices. LG AI TVs can be easily added to the Home app, from which users can access basic TV functions such as power, volume and source. LG AI TVs can also be added to scenes or automations along with other HomeKit accessories.
"LG remains at the forefront of TV technological innovation because of our never-ending quest to deliver the best home viewing experience," said Brian Kwon, president LG Mobile Communications and Home Entertainment companies. "With Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support, we are demonstrating our commitment to offering consumer benefits that go beyond just best-in-class picture quality."
Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit will begin rolling out to owners of LG OLED and NanoCell TVs in more than 140 countries starting this week, with the update continuing over the weeks to follow.