LG's new 8K TVs support AirPlay 2 and HomeKit

Posted:
in General Discussion edited March 2020
Ahead of CES next week, Korean tech giant LG on Friday unveiled a slate of "real" 8K TVs with integrated support for Apple's AirPlay 2 and HomeKit technologies.

LG CES 2020


LG plans to showcase eight new 8K models at CES, including top-of-the-line 77- and 88-inch Signature OLED TVs (88/77 OLED ZX), according to a press release. In addition to OLED variants, the company will debut 65- and 75-inch NanoCell, or QLED, models (75/65 Nano99, 75/65 Nano97, 75/65 Nano95) split into three pricing tiers.

Thanks to LG's webOS smart TV platform, each of the new devices are compatible with Apple's AirPlay 2 and HomeKit, as well as popular virtual assistants Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. The built-in support follows previous smart home integrations with the company's television sets. At CES 2019, LG was among the first TV manufacturers to promise support for AirPlay 2 and HomeKit, features that arrived in July as a software update for select models.

With AirPlay 2, users can connect LG TVs to other devices and control media streaming via Siri, while HomeKit compatibility allows device control from the Home app.

As for the upcoming 2020 lineup, LG notes each of its TVs meet 8K Ultra HD definition standards set by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). Unlike other certified 8K flatscreens, LG's models meet or surpass a minimum 50% contrast modulation threshold, a stipulation needed for "real" 8K reproduction, according to LG.

The new TVs accept 8K content from HDMI and USB inputs, and support HEVC, VP9 and AV1 codecs up to 60 frames per second.

A new third-generation Alpha9 AI processor assists in picture optimization and sound quality, the company says. The chip's AI Picture Pro not only upscales content but can recognize faces and text to fine tune image sharpening and color enhancements. LG's AI Sound Pro applies similar improvements to audio reproduction by automatically detecting audio type to parse out and enhance spoken words.

LG's 8K TV lineup will be on display at CES on Jan. 7.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 12
    Meh. I’m holding out for 32K. 
    edited January 2020 gotwakecy_starkmanwatto_cobraMacProjony0
  • Reply 2 of 12
    cpsrocpsro Posts: 2,896member
    Unless you need to be spied on more, never hook a TV to the Internet unless maybe for firmware updates. (In which case, Airplay 2 and HomeKit support are irrelevant--just use an Apple TV.)
    StrangeDayssmack416minicoffeewatto_cobrachasm
  • Reply 3 of 12
    gotwakegotwake Posts: 114member
    In 5 years when 8k media starts to roll out, I'll buy one at a discount.  
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 12
    22july201322july2013 Posts: 2,517member
    gotwake said:
    In 5 years when 8k media starts to roll out, I'll buy one at a discount.  
    But by then there will be 12K TVs for sale.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 12
    'compatible with Apple's AirPlay 2' - is this complete or 'selected features' only...? Reception only or transmission ie. HomePod or other non LG audio...?
  • Reply 6 of 12
    gotwake said:
    In 5 years when 8k media starts to roll out, I'll buy one at a discount.  
    But by then there will be 12K TVs for sale.
    With little to no content, just like 8K now. :smiley: 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 7 of 12
    iqatedoiqatedo Posts: 1,724member
    cpsro said:
    Unless you need to be spied on more, never hook a TV to the Internet unless maybe for firmware updates. (In which case, Airplay 2 and HomeKit support are irrelevant--just use an Apple TV.)
    I wondered whether all of the Google and Amazon services could be turned off. I've recently bought a 4k Apple TV, very happy with it. 
    watto_cobrachasm
  • Reply 8 of 12
    mike1mike1 Posts: 2,754member
    cpsro said:
    Unless you need to be spied on more, never hook a TV to the Internet unless maybe for firmware updates. (In which case, Airplay 2 and HomeKit support are irrelevant--just use an Apple TV.)

    And why would that be any different than any of the external streaming devices???
  • Reply 9 of 12
    StrangeDaysStrangeDays Posts: 11,582member
    mike1 said:
    cpsro said:
    Unless you need to be spied on more, never hook a TV to the Internet unless maybe for firmware updates. (In which case, Airplay 2 and HomeKit support are irrelevant--just use an Apple TV.)
    And why would that be any different than any of the external streaming devices???
    Because it came out that TV manufacturers were using spy tech to track users of the set and selling the data.
    caladanianwatto_cobrachasm
  • Reply 10 of 12
    mike1 said:
    cpsro said:
    Unless you need to be spied on more, never hook a TV to the Internet unless maybe for firmware updates. (In which case, Airplay 2 and HomeKit support are irrelevant--just use an Apple TV.)
    And why would that be any different than any of the external streaming devices???
    Because it came out that TV manufacturers were using spy tech to track users of the set and selling the data.
    Right. Are there people who don't think this is at least a little creepy? 

    https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2013/11/lg-smart-tv-snooping-extends-to-home-networks-second-blogger-says/
    caladanianwatto_cobrajcs2305
  • Reply 11 of 12
    maestro64maestro64 Posts: 5,005member
    mike1 said:
    cpsro said:
    Unless you need to be spied on more, never hook a TV to the Internet unless maybe for firmware updates. (In which case, Airplay 2 and HomeKit support are irrelevant--just use an Apple TV.)
    And why would that be any different than any of the external streaming devices???
    Because it came out that TV manufacturers were using spy tech to track users of the set and selling the data.
    Right. Are there people who don't think this is at least a little creepy? 

    https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2013/11/lg-smart-tv-snooping-extends-to-home-networks-second-blogger-says/
    Yeah the guy in the Ars article was watch porn which the TV reported back to LG the name of the MPEG file he was streaming to the TV from his server. Yeah it is not a far next step to bounce the stream from the TV to the manufacturer. My TV's are not connected to the internet, I only use my ATV to stream to my TV via HDMI connection. We all should consider ourselves lucky that we have Apple who has decide to make us all the product. I have also installed a whole house wireless router with a built in VPN so I can ensure my cable company is not capturing my data and selling it to whom every they like. 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 12 of 12
    MacProMacPro Posts: 19,382member
    Meh. I’m holding out for 32K. 
    Nah, if history tells us anything it will be 64K.
Sign In or Register to comment.