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Published on February 11th, 2019 | by Brad Gibson

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Samsung’s AirPlay 2-ready QLED TVs go on sale

Samsung announced Monday its 2019 TV lineup of QLED 4K and 8K options can now be pre-ordered online and from select retailers across the United States, with an AirPlay 2 firmware update expected later this year.

Available in sizes from 43 inches to 98 inches, the QLED lineup works with Apple’s AirPlay 2 technology, announced last month at the Consumer Electronics Show. People with iPhones and iPads can use Apple’s AirPlay 2 technology to display their device’s content on the Samsung TVs.

Samsung’s 2019 TVs will also feature an exclusive tie-in with Apple having a built-in iTunes Movies and TV Shows app, allowing iTunes content like movies and TV shows to be accessed directly on their sets.

Existing 2018 smart Samsung TV sets will also get AirPlay 2 support and the iTunes app through a firmware update exp[ected to be released later this year. Samsung plans to debut the new iTunes Movies and TV Shows app in more than 100 countries, while AirPlay 2 support is set to be available in 190 countries, but specific timing has not yet been announced.

Samsung’s 2019 TV lineup includes Q60, Q70, Q80, and Q90 sets ranging in size from 43 to 82 inches, along with the QLED 8K, available in sizes from 65 inches to 98 inches. QLED Lifestyle 4K TVs are also available from 43 to 55 inches with 4K UHD RU TV sets in sizes ranging from 43 to 82 inches.

According to Samsung and Apple, all 2018 and 2019 4 series, 5 series, 6 series, 7 series, 8 series, and QLED Series TVs will work with AirPlay 2, and will include the iTunes app, a company spokesman has told BESTApple TV.

Samsung’s Q900 QLED 8K TV line is available for purchase now on its website starting at $5000 for the 65-inch model. The new models will ship by March 1, 2019.

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Brad is co-founder and editor-in-chief of BESTAppleTV.com. He has been a technology reporter since the late 1980s having previously worked for MacUser, MacFormat, and iCreate magazines, as well as MacNN.com, MacObserver.com, MacCentral.com, MacMinute.com, and Macworld.com. He hosted and produced the MacFormat This Week podcast for three years. He was also a reporter, editor, and producer for the Associated Press and United Press International.



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