With the release of iOS and 12.3 TVs, Samsung today announced that it has started rolling firmware update to select televisions to include the new Apple TV app and AirPlay 2 support. The company claims the Apple TV app will come to its smart TVs in more than 100 countries, while AirPlay 2 support will reach 176 countries.
According to this page on Apple's website, these are the Samsung TVs getting AirPlay 2:
- Samsung FHD / HD 4, 5 Series (2018)
- Samsung QLED 4K Q6, Q7, Q8, Q9 Series (2018 & 2019)
- Samsung QLED 8K Q9 Series (2019)
- Samsung Prime Series (2018 & 2019)
- Samsung Series Serif (2019)
- Samsung UHD 6, 7, 8 Series (2018 & 2019)
At CES 2019 in January, Samsung announced that 2019 and 2018 8K and 4K QLED TVs are getting "iTunes Movies and TV Shows" sometime this year. Using this TV application you can access your existing iTunes library as well as buy or rent new movies and TV shows. The app will also integrate with Samsung's smart TV services, such as the new Universal Guide, Bixby TV, and Search.
Fast forward to this morning, Apple has announced a new event-focused service Apple TV App. In addition to allowing you to access iTunes movie and TV rentals and rentals, you can use it to watch programs from popular streaming services, including Amazon Premium Video, Hulu, ESPN + and more (but not Netflix).
In some countries, like in the United States, you can even use the app to subscribe to cable channels like Showtime, CBS, and MTV. And of course, when the new Apple TV + streaming service launches this fall, this is where subscribers access Apple's original movies.
With the latest iOS and TvOS updates, the new Apple TV app is now on the iPhone, iPad, Apple TV 4K, and Apple TV HD. But Apple also announced that the application comes in popular streaming boxes and streaming sticks, such as Amazon Fire and Roku TVs.
Smart TVs from major brands are also getting the app, with the first being Samsung's smart TVs this spring. I'm trying to get some clarity, but my understanding is that this appamp is refurbished app J The iTunes movies above and the TV shows app. (Updated, April 1: Samsung has confirmed to me that my understanding is correct.)
I also understand that this application will come as part of the firmware update TV as early as May. Once Samsung, LG, Sony, and Vizio's smart TVs are also expected to get the application, but no office timeline is given for these other TVs.
This article was first published in the Hardware Zone