Yesterday, when we covered the great news of the arrival of iTunes content and AirPlay 2 support for Samsung Smart TVs, I mentioned at the end of the article that I hoped that soon, other manufacturers would join the game and I bet that one of the first would be LG. Well then.
We now know that this expansion of AirPlay as the result of an exclusive partnership between Apple and Samsung, this had only been the first to reveal the novelty. In a keynote of its own, South Korean LG also confirmed that its TVs launched in 2019 will support AirPlay as well as HomeKit.
More exciting news! Apple AirPlay will be available on our 2019 TVs! # CES2019 # LGCES2019
– LG Canada (@LGCanada) January 7, 2019
A good differential of LG TVs compared to Samsung TVs is that they natively support Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos, technologies already integrated into Apple TV and, consequently, to the content distributed by the iTunes Store.
AirPlay support also includes wireless audio distribution, meaning it will be possible to direct TV sound to speakers compatible with the protocol including, of course, HomePod.
Another little-known manufacturer here in Brazil who also announced support for AirPlay 2 and HomeKit was the American Vizio.
With HomeKit support, these TVs can also communicate with Siri and control other smart devices around the home. Vizio is also incorporating, at the same time, integration with Google Assistant and Alexa, from Amazon.
The novelty is already being tested on Vizio's SmartCast 3.0 platform and will be released to consumers in the spring of the northern hemisphere (our autumn).