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AirPlay 2 and HomeKit arrive on 2020 Toshiba and Insignia 4K Fire TVs

AirPlay 2 and HomeKit arrive on 2020 Toshiba and Insignia 4K Fire TVs

Amazon's Fire TV platform was launched in response to Google's Chromecast. Its first device was an HDMI dongle, but it quickly outgrew that form, expanding to a more traditional set-top box and eventually to actual TVs. Smart TVs powered by Fire TV are still far and few in between, but now they're getting two of the most coveted features for any smart TV: Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support.

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Belkin’s AirPlay 2 adapter for your speakers is simple genius

Belkin’s AirPlay 2 adapter for your speakers is simple genius

AirPlay 2 is a convenient way of wirelessly streaming music from Apple devices like your iPhone, but if you're not rocking newer, connected speakers then Belkin's new AirPlay 2 dongle could upgrade your existing audio system. The Belkin Soundform Connect is deceptively simple: a small adapter with wired audio outputs on one side, and support for Apple's streaming inside.

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Roku OS 10 rolls out: AirPlay 2, HomeKit, Instant Resume and new UI

Roku OS 10 rolls out: AirPlay 2, HomeKit, Instant Resume and new UI

Roku OS 10 is coming, and it promises to be a big deal when it comes to finding, navigating, and playing content whether you've got a Roku TV or a set-top box. It's a timely update, too: Roku says viewing hours are soaring year-on-year, as we spend more time at home and a greater percentage of that time in front of the TV. That means we often need some help figuring out what to watch.

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Samsung smart TV TikTok app revealed plus AirPlay 2 update for The Sero rotating TV

Samsung smart TV TikTok app revealed plus AirPlay 2 update for The Sero rotating TV

Samsung is bringing TikTok to its latest smart TVs, with a new app for the hit video social network one of a number of streaming media updates for its living room range. There'll also be new Apple-focused functionality for Samsung's The Sero rotating TV, intended to make casting video from an iPhone or other device more user-friendly.

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3rd gen Apple TV to lose YouTube channel, AirPlay required

3rd gen Apple TV to lose YouTube channel, AirPlay required

Smart TVs and set-top boxes are almost a dime a dozen these days, from those provided by TV makers and cable operators to the myriad devices that run some form of Android, not Android TV. The current generation of devices and platforms boast of advanced functions, some of which take a page right out of smartphones, but that was not always the case. Older boxes used more bespoke software that needed to be maintained constantly, leaving users at a loss when apps and content providers pull out, like in the case of an older Apple TV.

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LG 2018 smart TVs finally get promised AirPlay 2, HomeKit

LG 2018 smart TVs finally get promised AirPlay 2, HomeKit

Its smartphone business may be tanking but LG's TVs still enjoy a mostly stable position in the market. In fact, some might say that LG treats its TVs better than its phones, pushing out more features faster even on older sets. That, however, almost didn't come to be for owners of its older 2018 smart TVs, at least until it received quite a massive backlash. It eventually changed its mind and the promised AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support for these two-year-old smart TVs are finally rolling out.

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LG 2018 TVs will no longer get promised AirPlay 2, HomeKit support

LG 2018 TVs will no longer get promised AirPlay 2, HomeKit support

Most consumer electronics come with a two-year warranty, some even just one, and those often apply to software updates for smart devices. That's true for smartphones, which consumers seem to change just as often, but most probably expect larger and more expensive products like smart TVs to get updates and at least promised features beyond that time frame. That is most likely why owners of LG's 2018 TVs are irked by the company's sudden and silent U-turn in rolling out AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support that it promised months back.

Despite being mostly an Android and partly a webOS house, LG was particularly proud that it was the first to add support for this exclusive Apple features on its TVs last year. AirPlay 2 would have allowed owners of Apple devices to stream their content to their TVs while a HomeKit app would let them control their connected smart home devices from their couches.

While such new features are often promised to current-gen and future TV models, LG promised in April that it will bring those same premium goodies to its 2018 TV lineup. Excited 2018 LG TV owners were then surprised by the revelation that LG apparently no longer has plans to do that.

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It isn't unusual for a company to renege on promised features but often those do inform affected users of changes beforehand. That or they put a footnote that the feature may or may not be implemented as promised to keep consumers from putting faith in those promises.

The 2018 LG TVs are barely two years old and, even then, would still be eligible for such updates. LG already has a souring reputation for updates on Android, which it does not control, it certainly doesn't need to gain the same rep for webOS, which it mostly does.

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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