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Bowers & Wilkins Formation Flex gives HomePod some high-end competition

Bowers & Wilkins Formation Flex gives HomePod some high-end competition

Back in April, Bowers & Wilkins revealed what it calls the Formation Suite, a collection of five different products intended to play nice with one another and give users multi-room audio options. Today, the company introduced what could wind up being the core of the Formation Suite, announcing a new speaker called the Formation Flex. It seems that the Formation Flex is a challenger to speakers like Apple's HomePod and Sonos' smart speakers, so Bowers & Wilkins definitely has some market competition.

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AirPlay 2 and HomeKit begin rolling out to Vizio SmartCast 3.0 TVs

AirPlay 2 and HomeKit begin rolling out to Vizio SmartCast 3.0 TVs

Vizio revealed today it's beginning to roll out Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support to its lineup of SmartCast 3.0 TVs. This, of course, means that you'll be able to cast videos and photos (among other things) from your Apple device to your TV or control your TV using the Home app and Siri voice commands.

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Your high-end LG TV just got live Apple AirPlay 2 features first

Your high-end LG TV just got live Apple AirPlay 2 features first

This morning LG announced they'd released Apple AirPlay 2 functionality for a range of televisions inside the United States. Those televisions will now be able to work with wireless projection and control with iPhones and iPads of many sorts, thanks to their latest software update. Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit functionality are available right this minute to a selection of LG OLED and NanoCell 4K UHD TVs with ThinkQ AI capability in the USA.

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LG AI TVs first to gain AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support

LG AI TVs first to gain AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support

Apple naturally has its own smart home and wireless communication ecosystems and, unsurprisingly, it's a very exclusive club. Not just any manufacturer can invite themselves in and support Apple's technologies. No wonder, then, that LG is quite proud of the fact that it is the first TV maker to have support not just for AirPlay 2 but even for HomeKit itself, delivering compatibility with Apple devices for owners of its 2019 AI TVs.

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Bowers & Wilkins Formation Suite goes wireless with AirPlay 2

Bowers & Wilkins Formation Suite goes wireless with AirPlay 2

Today, Bowers & Wilkins revealed its new Formation Suite of wireless speakers. We don't often see Bowers & Wilkins go the wireless route, but the company says that with the Formation Suite, the wireless experience should be indistinguishable from using wired speakers. There are five products in all in the new lineup, and each one has quite a hefty price tag.

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This is Netflix’s justification for axing AirPlay support

This is Netflix’s justification for axing AirPlay support

Netflix has explained its reasons for pulling Apple AirPlay support from its iOS app, after unexpectedly deleting the feature last week, and it wants you to know that it's doing it for your own good. The streaming video company says the change was done with preserving quality and customer experience in mind, though users may not be so happy.

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Netflix removes Apple AirPlay support from its iPhone and iPad apps

Netflix removes Apple AirPlay support from its iPhone and iPad apps

Following complaints from some iPhone and iPad users who were unable to use AirPlay, Netflix has updated its support website to state that its iOS apps no longer support Apple's wireless streaming feature. iOS users are left without a satisfactory reason for the change; Netflix blamed the loss of support on "technical limitations," but didn't provide any details on what that means.

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VIZIO SmartCast 3.0 beta brings AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support

VIZIO SmartCast 3.0 beta brings AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support

TVs are no longer just the entertainment hubs of the home, some have even become smart home hubs. But while smart TVs have all sort of Internet-connected features, not all of them are able to support all the streaming services and sources one might like. The next best thing is to stream videos and audio from your phone to the TV and as of SmartCast version 3.0, VIZIO’s smart TVs will be equipped to handle almost all content sources, including iPhones, iPads, and Macs.

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These are the TVs supporting Apple AirPlay 2

These are the TVs supporting Apple AirPlay 2

Apple's decision to enable AirPlay 2 on TVs from Samsung, LG, and more may have reignited speculation that Apple TV momentum is fading, but owners of smart TVs are probably more interested in whether their models are in luck. Happily, there's now an official list of AirPlay 2-enabled TVs that you can consult.

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Sony MASTER Series 8K Z9G, 4K A9G TVs bring beauty and brains in one package

Sony MASTER Series 8K Z9G, 4K A9G TVs bring beauty and brains in one package

While smartphone makers are now obsessed with thinning bezels and notches, TV makers are still pushing for higher and higher resolutions. The market now tops at 8K, even when video content is still coming to terms with 4K. That might not matter though, because thanks to the Picture Processor X1 Ultimate in Sony’s MASTER series of TVs, content is promised to look crisp and clear in the Z9G’s 8K or the A9G’s 4K, even if they weren’t made for such large screens.

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How iTunes content and AirPlay 2 came to Samsung TVs

How iTunes content and AirPlay 2 came to Samsung TVs

The folks behind the latest round of Samsung Smart TVs seem to have reached an agreement with Apple to bring a whole lot of content to their sets this Spring. News this morning is that Samsung Smart TVs will launch iTunes Movies and TV Shows starting in Spring of 2019. They'll also be bringing support for AirPlay 2 starting at around the same time.

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Sonos AirPlay 2: How to get started and what to expect

Sonos AirPlay 2: How to get started and what to expect

The Sonos AirPlay 2 update is out, and if you've always wanted your iPhone, iPad, and Macs to play more with your Sonos speakers, this may well scratch that itch. Though the AirPlay 2 support isn't limited to Sonos, the speaker-maker's streaming system is one of the best known, and its integration one of the more polished. Read on for how to get started, how to use AirPlay 2 on Sonos, and what else you need to know.

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