[CES 2019] Samsung Smart TVs will now support AirPlay 2, iTunes Movies & TV

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We landed in Las Vegas last night and our CES 2019 day has started off with a visit to Lenovo (more on that later) and now we have some breaking news from Samsung. The company has announced that Samsung Smart TVs will soon start supporting Apple AirPlay 2 as well as iTunes Movies & TV. That is huge news for Samsung Smart TV owners who use iPhones and iPads.

Support on 2018 Samsung Smart TVs will be made available via a firmware update. In an industry first, a new iTunes Movies and TV Shows app will debut only on Samsung Smart TVs in more than 100 countries. AirPlay 2 support will be available on Samsung Smart TVs in 190 countries worldwide.

With the new iTunes Movies and TV Shows app on Samsung Smart TVs, Samsung customers can access their existing iTunes library and browse the iTunes Store to buy or rent from a selection of hundreds of thousands of movies and TV episodes — including the largest selection of 4K HDR movies. iTunes Movies and TV Shows will work seamlessly with Samsung’s Smart TV Services, such as Universal Guide, the New Bixby, and Search, to create a consistent experience across Samsung’s platform.

With AirPlay 2 support, Samsung customers will be able to effortlessly play videos, photos, music, podcasts and more from Apple devices directly to Samsung Smart TVs, including QLED 4K and 8K TVs, The Frame and Serif lifestyle TVs, as well as other Samsung UHD and HD models.

“We pride ourselves on working with top industry leaders to deliver the widest range of content services to our Smart TV platform,” said Won-Jin Lee, Executive Vice President, Service Business of Visual Display at Samsung Electronics. “Bringing more content, value and open platform functionality to Samsung TV owners and Apple customers through iTunes and AirPlay is ideal for everyone.”

“We look forward to bringing the iTunes and AirPlay 2 experience to even more customers around the world through Samsung Smart TVs, so iPhone, iPad, and Mac users have yet another way to enjoy all their favorite content on the biggest screen in their home,” said Eddy Cue, senior vice president of Internet Software and Services at Apple.

This is pretty big news coming from companies that generally compete with each other. What do you think of Samsung Smart TVs supporting AirPlay2, iTunes Movies & TV? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter, Facebook, or MeWe and stay tuned for even more CES 2019 coverage.

Last Updated on February 3, 2021.


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