Starting May 13, all 2019 Samsung TVs, and a select group of its 2018 models, will be updated with support for Apple’s AirPlay 2 content casting and screen mirroring technology, plus access to the Apple TV app, including iTunes rentals and purchases, and Apple’s upcoming Apple TV Plus streaming video subscription service.
The update makes Samsung TVs the first non-Apple TV devices to support these key Apple services and technologies. It’s a partnership that has been on the horizon since the news was announced ahead of CES 2019.
The Apple TV app will work in more than 100 countries, according to Samsung, while AirPlay 2 support will be available in 176 countries. Samsung’s smart TV services, such as Universal Guide, Bixby, and Search, will all be interoperable with the Apple TV app, which should make for a seamless experience when using these Samsung features.
Apple TV 4K boxes start at $180 and top out at $200, making them a fairly pricey add-on for those who want access to Apple’s content, as well as
Another advantage to using built-in Apple apps rather than a separate streaming box is that Samsung has control over its own hardware, allowing it to make
One of our chief complaints about the Apple TV
In addition to iTunes access, Samsung smart TVs now support AirPlay 2, allowing iPad and iPhone owners to stream any content they want — videos, podcasts, music, and photos — directly to the TV without any cable connection.
This development is of considerable note considering everything that lives within Apple’s walled garden is closely guarded. The fact that Samsung has managed to broker such a deal with a company it considers an arch rival (iPhone versus Galaxy phones, anyone?) serves to prove that both companies see the partnership as mutually beneficial. We know that Samsung isn’t the only manufacturer to offer the Apple TV app and
Updated on May 13, 2019: Added information about the launch of Apple services and technologies on Samsung TVs.
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