Earlier this year, Amazon announced that it would start producing its own branded TVs, described for the first time as “Amazon-built TVs”. Now, the company also promises that its Omni and 4-Series Fire TVs will “soon” add support for both Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit features.
As first reported by Virgin, Amazon has already launched support for AirPlay 2 and HomeKit for various “Fire TV Edition” models from Toshiba and Insignia. This ad, however, focuses specifically on Amazon’s own TVs.
Amazon’s decision to support HomeKit and AirPlay 2 on its own-brand TVs is notable because it doesn’t support the features of its independent Fire TV streaming dongles. Meanwhile, competing streaming devices from companies like Roku support AirPlay 2 connectivity.
AirPlay 2 support for Amazon TV products will make it easier for you to share or mirror content from your iPhone, iPad, or Mac to your TV. HomeKit support allows the TV to integrate with the Home application on the device, manage playback with Siri, and add the TV to scenes, automation, and more.
You can learn more about what to expect from Amazon self-branded TVs from our colleagues at 9to5Toys. Pricing starts at just over $ 400 for the 43-inch model and increases to $ 1,099 for the 75-inch model.
Unfortunately, the company does not become more precise than saying that AirPlay 2 and HomeKit will come to Omni and 4-Series TVs “soon”. We’ll make sure we keep you posted on the status of this release.
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