Published: Tue, January 08, 2019
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Samsung Smart TVs to debut iTunes app and AirPlay2 support

Samsung Smart TVs to debut iTunes app and AirPlay2 support

Correction AirPlay support will be coming to Vizio TVs. So you can easily play, pause, fast-forward, rewind, and adjust the volume on your TV.

At a press event at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Sunday, Samsung unveiled its newest Micro LED 4K TV display - a screen almost half the size as "The Wall", which the company showed off a year ago at CES 2018.

Apple has always been highly protective of its ecosystem, which is a double-edged sword for consumers - it helps ensure things work smoothly across Apple devices, but locks them into Apple's services and devices. Users in over 100 countries will see their TV's upgraded to allow AirPlay 2 functionality as well.

Samsung first showed off MicroLEDs at last year's CES with The Wall, a 146-inch TV. Some 2018 Samsung models will be able to update to the new features.

In addition, Apple says that you will be able to use Siri on your iPhone to start playback of specific movies or TV show on you TV such as ”Hey Siri, play Game of Thrones on my living room TV”.

Apple hasn't announced it yet, but it's largely expected to launch a TV service that combines free and paid content later this year.

Samsung asserts the TV is its "smartest and most powerful yet", with upscaling technology supporting content via a streaming box, set-top box, HDMI, USB and even mobile screen mirroring.

AirPlay 2 support includes compatibility with Apple's HomeKit home automation platform. Lo and behold, VIZIO has revealed that it will be adding AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support to its existing and new range of SmartCast TV sets. Also, the TVs are also compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, meaning that you have multiple assistant options at hand in order to take control of your media. This also represents the first time that Apple allows access to its service from a non-Apple device, essentially bypassing the need for a customer to buy Apple hardware such as the Apple TV.

The AirPlay 2 support isn't Samsung's only Apple-focused announcement at CES, however. A year earlier, Apple finally allowed the Prime Video app on Apple TV.

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