Samsung TVs Getting Groundbreaking Apple Features From Today

2019 and some 2018 Samsung TVs will start getting Apple TV and Apple AirPlay 2 support from today.

Photo: Apple and Samsung

What’s more, as a sign of just how surprisingly fulsomely Apple has embraced its new relationship with Samsung TVs, the Apple TV app’s content will all integrate seamlessly with Samsung’s Smart TV services – including, most importantly, Samsung’s Universal Guide/Search and Bixby voice control features. 

The simultaneous addition of AirPlay 2 support, meanwhile, will enable compatible Samsung TVs in 176 countries (slightly down on the 190 suggested at CES) to easily play back media – videos, music, photos etc – from Apple devices such as iPhones, iPads and Macs.

I’ve asked Samsung to confirm which of its 2018 TVs will be getting the new Apple features, and will update this article when I get something concrete.

Won-Jin Lee, Executive Vice President, Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics, had this to say of the new Apple feature update: “For the last decade, Samsung has been at the forefront of offering the broadest selection of content available to consumers on our Smart TV platform. As the first TV manufacturer to integrate the Apple TV app on a Smart TV platform, Samsung continues to offer our customers incredible value and access to the Apple TV app experience on the largest screens available today.”

While it remains to be seen if there are any teething problems with the launch of such significant Apple platform support on Samsung TVs, this truly is a significant moment for both companies. After all, it gives Samsung TVs a major (and for a while, at least, exclusive) new feature attraction, while also providing Apple’s iTunes and TV+ services with access to a healthy chunk of the living rooms served by the world’s biggest-selling TV brand.

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Arguably the single biggest surprise from January 2019’s CES was the announcement that Apple was finally going to make its content services on Samsung smart TVs. Now Samsung has revealed that the time has come to make good on that CES promise, via a firmware update set to start rolling out to all of its 2019 models and select 2018 models from today.

Adding the Apple TV app via the firmware update will enable owners of compatible Samsung TVs in more than 100 countries to enjoy the full library of more than 100,000 iTunes movies and TV shows without the need for any external hardware. 

What’s more, the Samsung TV Apple TV app will support 4K and HDR for those titles available in either or both picture-enhancing formats.

The Samsung Apple TV app will also support subscriptions to Apple TV channels, including the ability to only pay for the channels you want. Plus there will be access to Apple’s recently announced Apple TV+ service (my initial thoughts on which you can read here) when that launches in the Fall.

2019 and some 2018 Samsung TVs will start getting Apple TV and Apple AirPlay 2 support from today.

Photo: Apple and Samsung

What’s more, as a sign of just how surprisingly fulsomely Apple has embraced its new relationship with Samsung TVs, the Apple TV app’s content will all integrate seamlessly with Samsung’s Smart TV services – including, most importantly, Samsung’s Universal Guide/Search and Bixby voice control features. 

The simultaneous addition of AirPlay 2 support, meanwhile, will enable compatible Samsung TVs in 176 countries (slightly down on the 190 suggested at CES) to easily play back media – videos, music, photos etc – from Apple devices such as iPhones, iPads and Macs.

I’ve asked Samsung to confirm which of its 2018 TVs will be getting the new Apple features, and will update this article when I get something concrete.

Won-Jin Lee, Executive Vice President, Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics, had this to say of the new Apple feature update: “For the last decade, Samsung has been at the forefront of offering the broadest selection of content available to consumers on our Smart TV platform. As the first TV manufacturer to integrate the Apple TV app on a Smart TV platform, Samsung continues to offer our customers incredible value and access to the Apple TV app experience on the largest screens available today.”

While it remains to be seen if there are any teething problems with the launch of such significant Apple platform support on Samsung TVs, this truly is a significant moment for both companies. After all, it gives Samsung TVs a major (and for a while, at least, exclusive) new feature attraction, while also providing Apple’s iTunes and TV+ services with access to a healthy chunk of the living rooms served by the world’s biggest-selling TV brand.

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The Source: John Archer, Contributor. The content of this article does not necessarily reflect the views or opinion of Global Diaspora News (www.GlobalDiasporaNews.com).