Apple today published a handy, regularly updated list of all the newly announced television sets from major manufacturers that feature built-in support for the company’s proprietary AirPlay media-streaming technology and HomeKit, its software for the connected home.
AirPlay 2–enabled TVs
- LG OLED (2019)
- LG NanoCell SM9X series (2019)
- LG NanoCell SM8X series (2019)
- LG UHD UM7X series (2019)
- Samsung QLED Series (2019 and 2018)
- Samsung 8 Series (2019 and 2018)
- Samsung 7 Series (2019 and 2018)
- Samsung 6 Series (2019 and 2018)
- Samsung 5 Series (2019 and 2018)
- Samsung 4 Series (2019 and 2018)
- Sony Z9G Series (2019)
- Sony A9G Series (2019)
- Sony X950G Series (2019)
- Sony X850G Series (2019 85, 75, 65 and 55-inch models)
- Vizio P-Series Quantum (2019 and 2018)
- Vizio P-Series (2019, 2018 and 2017)
- Vizio M-Series (2019, 2018 and 2017)
- Vizio E-Series (2019, 2018 and 2017)
- Vizio D-series (2019, 2018 and 2017)
Now we can track when new AirPlay 2-compatible television sets make Apple’s list.
Apple said ahead of CES 2019 that leading TV manufacturers would add support for its AirPlay 2 media-streaming protocol and the HomeKit framework for the connected home.
They weren’t lying.
HomeKit and AirPlay on your TV
Already manufacturers such as Sony, LG, Vizio and even Samsung have announced that the vast majority of their 2019 models will feature these integrations, with select 2018 models picking up support for AirPlay 2 and HomeKit via firmware upgrades.
AirPlay 2 support permits the user to send photos, videos and music, including their iTunes or Apple Music songs—and streaming videos from third-party apps like Netflix—to their TV.
Using the AirPlay controls in apps, on the Lock screen and in Control Center, customers can adjust playback and volume of their TV. And with limited Siri support, they can ask for a specific show to be played on a specific TV.
AirPlay 2 allow for mix’n’matching of your AirPlay 2 devices. As an example, you can do multi-room audio, like listen to a song playing simultaneously through your Smart TV and the AirPlay speakers in the room, with AirPlay 2 taking care that everything is synchronized perfectly.
And with Home app, customers can identify their TV set, turn it on/off remotely or add the device to a HomeKit scene so it can be triggered as part of a scene with a voice command.