Published on January 8th, 2019 | by Brad Gibson0
CES 2019: Sony to add AirPlay 2, HomeKit support to new 4K & 8K TVs
Sony announced Tuesday its new 2019 Z9G Series, A9G Series, X950G Series TVs will support Airplay 2 and HomeKit standards from Apple when released later this year.
AirPlay 2 lets users stream content from your iPhone, iPad and Mac, letting them watch movies and TV shows from iTunes and your other video apps, and view photos.
With AirPlay 2 support, compatible Sony television sets will be able to stream videos, music, photos, and more right from an iPhone, iPad, or Mac, and multi-room audio across multiple AirPlay 2 devices will also be available.
Content AirPlayed on Sony television sets will be able to be controlled using the Lock screen widget or the Control Center of an iOS device. Users will be able to play, pause, fast-forward, rewind, and adjust volume on the TV when AirPlaying TVs, movies, and music.
With HomeKit and Siri integration, users will be able to control their TVs via Siri voice commands. Sony’s television sets run an Android-based operating system with built-in Cast support from Google allowing users to choose between using Google and Apple services.
AirPlay-compatible Sony TVs include the newly announced Z9G 8K TVs in 85 and 98 and inch sizes, the new A9G 4K OLED TVs available in 55, 65, and 77 inches, and the new X950G 4K LCD TVs available in 55, 65, 75 and 85-inch sizes.
Samsung, Vizio, and LG have also announced support for HomeKit and AirPlay 2 for their 2019 smart TV lineups on Monday at the Consumer Electronics Show. Samsung TVs will work with HomeKit, but will be the only televisions with have an exclusive app for accessing iTunes TV and movie content.