AirPlay 2 & HomeKit also coming to 2019 Vizio TV lineup

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Joining Samsung, budget TV maker Vizio will be deploying Apple's AirPlay 2 to its TVs starting early this year.

Vizio AirPlay 2


The option will first arrive this quarter for U.S. and Canadian beta testers of Vizio's SmartCast 3.0 platform. It will go live for all SmartCast-equipped TVs in the second quarter as a free software update.

AirPlay 2 will allow people to push photos, video, and audio to Vizio TVs. It will also enable some limited Siri control on devices like iPhones and HomePods, and integration into HomeKit automations. Through Apple's Home app people will be able to turn a TV on or off, change volume, and even switch inputs.

Siri controls will include the ability to play music, movies, and TV shows. SmartCast 3.0 incorporates Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, making Vizio's lineup the first to support all three major voice assistants.

Samsung surprised the tech industry on Sunday by revealing itself as the first TV maker to promise not just AirPlay 2 compatibilty but a native iTunes app. Until now AirPlay 2 has been limited to speakers and receivers, and iTunes to Apple hardware and a Windows app.

Apple is presumably laying the groundwork for its upcoming streaming service, due to launch sometime in 2019 with $1 billion or more in original shows and movies. While the first-party video could be free on Apple hardware, the company may also be aiming to sell subscriptions to outside services, and eventually its own paid content. Limiting access to Apple platforms would likely make it hard to turn a profit.

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  • Reply 1 of 4
    I'm never getting another Vizio. Mine started out ok with good picture and mediocre apps, but good coverage. However it seems like they just got more unstable over time and have stopped receiving software updates to actually fix them. I have one that will turn itself on randomly and subsequently lock up (have to unplug since power button on unit doesn't even respond then, it is NOT a errant remote signal bouncing into the room),
  • Reply 2 of 4
    Mike WuertheleMike Wuerthele Posts: 4,570administrator
    axcess99 said:
    I'm never getting another Vizio. Mine started out ok with good picture and mediocre apps, but good coverage. However it seems like they just got more unstable over time and have stopped receiving software updates to actually fix them. I have one that will turn itself on randomly and subsequently lock up (have to unplug since power button on unit doesn't even respond then, it is NOT a errant remote signal bouncing into the room),
    Televisions are like hard drives. For every person that will never buy another X, and prefers Y, There is one that will never buy another Y, and prefers X.
    racerhomie3gatorguy
  • Reply 3 of 4
    eideardeideard Posts: 391member
    axcess99 said:
    I'm never getting another Vizio. Mine started out ok with good picture and mediocre apps, but good coverage. However it seems like they just got more unstable over time and have stopped receiving software updates to actually fix them. I have one that will turn itself on randomly and subsequently lock up (have to unplug since power button on unit doesn't even respond then, it is NOT a errant remote signal bouncing into the room),
    Televisions are like hard drives. For every person that will never buy another X, and prefers Y, There is one that will never buy another Y, and prefers X.
    If that's your best understanding of market dynamics, join the lemmings buying shares of GE because it's cheap!

    Meanwhilw - as previously noted - since we no longer touch Samsung with anyone's 10-foot pole, we've been more than satisfied with our Vizio TV purchases.  My wife's response to the article was, "wonder if Vizio will rollout a firmware update to add these features to the 2018 P-series" we have in the living room?
    d_2
  • Reply 4 of 4
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 20,588member
    eideard said:
    axcess99 said:
    I'm never getting another Vizio. Mine started out ok with good picture and mediocre apps, but good coverage. However it seems like they just got more unstable over time and have stopped receiving software updates to actually fix them. I have one that will turn itself on randomly and subsequently lock up (have to unplug since power button on unit doesn't even respond then, it is NOT a errant remote signal bouncing into the room),
    Televisions are like hard drives. For every person that will never buy another X, and prefers Y, There is one that will never buy another Y, and prefers X.
    If that's your best understanding of market dynamics, join the lemmings buying shares of GE because it's cheap!

    Meanwhilw - as previously noted - since we no longer touch Samsung with anyone's 10-foot pole, we've been more than satisfied with our Vizio TV purchases.  My wife's response to the article was, "wonder if Vizio will rollout a firmware update to add these features to the 2018 P-series" we have in the living room?
    Is your avoidance of Samsung due to privacy concerns? If so this won't make you feel better about Vizio:
    https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/blogs/business-blog/2017/02/what-vizio-was-doing-behind-tv-screen
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