In another big move forward for the HomeKit platform, LG Electronics announced that Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit will be available on their entire lineup of 2019 ThinQ TVs beginning July 25. The upgrade, which will be made available through a firmware update for LG OLED TVs, NanoCell TVs, and UHD TVs with ThinQ AI capability, makes LG the first global TV manufacturer to support HomeKit.
Support for Apple’s home automation platform will give LG AI TV owners the ability to conveniently control their smart home with the Home app or via Siri on their Apple devices. LG AI TVs can be added to the Home app, from which users will be able to access basic TV functions like powering the TV on and off, volume control, and source switching. LG ThinQ TVs will also be available to be added to scenes or automations with other HomeKit-enabled accessories.
With AirPlay 2 support, LG ThinQ TV owners will be able to stream their content—including Dolby Vision titles—from their iPhone, iPad, and Mac right to their LG TV. Supported content includes movies and shows right from the Apple TV app and other video apps, Apple Podcasts, Apple Music streaming, and photos and videos from the user’s device’s library. Users will also be able to sync up their LG AI TV with other AirPlay 2-compatible speakers in the home so that they can stream their content throughout the home at the same time, all in sync.
“LG remains at the forefront of TV technological innovation because of our never-ending quest to deliver the best home viewing experience,” Brian Kwon, president LG Mobile Communications and Home Entertainment companies, said in a statement. “With Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support, we are demonstrating our commitment to offering consumer benefits that go beyond just best-in-class picture quality.”
The AirPlay 2 and HomeKit functionality will begin rolling out to OLED and NanoCell TVs in more than 140 countries starting this week, with the update continuing to roll out to other devices in the weeks to follow.