Vizio, LG Add Airplay and Siri Support to Their TVs

Posted January 09, 2019

In a first such collaboration between two arch rivals, Samsung has announced it will offer Apple iTunes movies and TV shows and Apple AirPlay 2 support on 2019 Smart TV models beginning this spring.

Samsung said that iTunes Movies and TV Shows will work seamlessly with its smart TV services, such as Universal Guide and Bixby voice control, to create a consistent experience across Samsung's platform.

Besides access to iTunes, the smart TVs will also feature AirPlay 2 support - allowing users to stream videos, photos and music from Apple devices.

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Today it was announced at CES that Samsung will be releasing a new 4K 75-inch micro LED TV, as well as an even bigger Wall, which will be coming in at a insane 219-inches.

Apple has announced that iTunes films will be available on Samsung smart TVs, ending the company's insistence that users buy an Apple TV to watch their purchases on a big screen.

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On top of that, Samsung will also support AirPlay 2 for their Smart TVs in 190 countries worldwide. Samsung's smart TVs now run on the company's own Tizen operating system (OS), whereas smart TVs from Sony and LG run on Android TV and webOS, respectively. So this time around, the 75-inch model is a home-friendly product with 4K Micro LED technology. In 2003, Apple opened up iTunes to Windows PCs, which Apple co-founder Steve Jobs likened to "giving a glass of ice water to someone in hell".

The BBC has contacted Apple to ask whether the iPhone-maker is paying Samsung to add iTunes. Keep in mind that's only one company out of several that need to play nice with Apple to expand the customer base for their subscription service, but that's a huge deal that no one ever thought would happen.

For the last couple years, Apple has been placing more importance on its services business, which continues to grow while iPhone sales plateau.

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"Revenue outside of our iPhone business grew by nearly 19% year-over-year, including all-time record revenue from services, wearables and Mac, the chief executive, Tim Cook, wrote in a letter to shareholders". However, this is the first time that it will be possible with video services and TVs.