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TechnologyCES 2019: Apple takes on Chromecast by bringing AirPlay 2 to Samsung, Vizio TVs

22:55  07 january  2019
22:55  07 january  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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SEOUL, Korea – January 6, 2019 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.announced today it will offer iTunes Movies and TV Shows and Apple AirPlay 2 support on “ Bringing more content, value and open platform functionality to Samsung TV owners and Apple customers through iTunes and AirPlay is

CES 2019 News. Apple is putting iTunes on Samsung TVs . New, 8 comments. The iTunes Movies and TV Shows app, which will be available in 100 countries on both Samsung ’s 2019 TVs as well as its Image: Samsung . “We look forward to bringing the iTunes and AirPlay 2 experience to even

CES 2019: Apple takes on Chromecast by bringing AirPlay 2 to Samsung, Vizio TVs© Provided by USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc. Vizio TV with AirPlay 2 streaming photos from an iPhone.

Apple may not have an official booth or presence at CES but that doesn't mean it isn't making any news at the annual industry showcase.

The iPhone-maker and electronics giant has announced partnerships with Samsung and Vizio to bring its AirPlay 2 streaming technology to the latter's TVs. AirPlay 2 tech was previously largely limited to Apple's own Apple TV streaming boxes and speakers from Sonos, Beats, and Bose, among others. By bringing the tech to TVs viewers who own Apple devices will soon be able to wirelessly stream what is on their iPhone, iPad or Mac screens to their big screens.

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What's underlying the CES 2019 announcements from Samsung , LG, and Vizio who announced support for Apple services, including AirPlay 2 Amazon's Fire TV , Google's Chromecast , and Roku's streaming devices are all more than capable competitors, sometimes with even more content

As of this video you cannot screen mirror ( AirPlay ) with iOS Devices with the ChromeCast as you can with Android devices. However you can cast (stream) apps with ChromeCast such as google play movies, hbo now, sling tv , hulu, spotify, pandora, google play music, heart radio, and many others

This includes not only streaming videos from apps like YouTube, Netflix or HBO but also games, photos, and music. You can also mirror your Apple device's screen onto the larger display, directly sharing what is on your iOS or Mac device with everyone around you.

Users who stream over AirPlay 2 will also be able to use their iPhones as a remote control for their TVs, including adjusting the volume. If you have AirPlay 2 speakers you can sync your TV streaming with those speakers to allow you to use them even if they aren't connected to your television.

CES 2019: Apple takes on Chromecast by bringing AirPlay 2 to Samsung, Vizio TVs© Samsung Samsung TV with the iTunes app.

Samsung will be including the functionality on its 2019 Smart TVs and adding it to its 2018 TVs through a forthcoming software update. In another surprising first, Samsung and Apple have teamed up to create an iTunes Movies and TV shows app for Samsung TVs, allowing Samsung users to buy or rent videos from Apple right from their televisions, as well as watch videos they previously purchased.

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As the 2019 edition of CES is about to kickoff, Samsung and Apple have teamed up for a huge In the release, Eddy Cue, senior vice president of Internet Software and Services at Apple , said, “We look forward to bringing the iTunes and AirPlay 2 experience to even more customers around the world

Samsung TVs will also support AirPlay 2 , Apple 's upgraded Wi-Fi audio streaming technology, allowing customers to stream videos, music and Samsung said AirPlay 2 support will be available in 190 countries. "We look forward to bringing the iTunes and AirPlay 2 experience to even more

Vizio, meanwhile, will be bringing AirPlay 2 to "millions" of its SmartCast TVs by the spring. Vizio will be integrating Apple's HomeKit software to allow you to use Siri to control your TV as well.

And it doesn't appear that Apple will be stopping with just Samsung and Vizio. On its updated AirPlay 2 information page the company says that "leading TV manufacturers are integrating AirPlay 2 directly into their TVs," suggesting that others are on the horizon.

Apple isn't the first to add its own streaming software into televisions. Google has long worked with TV manufacturers, including Vizio, to include its Chromecast technology inside of TVs.

But for consumers looking for easier ways to watch the content they own or rent on the biggest displays in the house, the more options the better.

Follow Eli Blumenthal on Twitter @eliblumenthal

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: CES 2019: Apple takes on Chromecast by bringing AirPlay 2 to Samsung, Vizio TVs

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