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Amazon TVs are set to receive AirPlay

Amazon TVs are set to receive AirPlay

Last month, Amazon officially announced the launch of the first Amazon TVs, the Amazon Fire TV Omni series and the 4 series smart TVs.

The TVs hit the market on Wednesday and, according to The Verge, the company made a last-minute announcement: the imminent inclusion of AirPlay 2 and HomeKit in TVs. AirPlay allows users to mirror their devices to a TV, a capability that is not possible on existing Fire TV devices.

“Soon, you can use AirPlay to share videos, photos, music, and more from your iPhone or iPad to Fire TV,” Amazon said in a blog post.

Amazon announced in July that it is making the technology available on 4K UHD Smart Fire TV models manufactured by Toshiba and Insignia. These models were branded “Fire TV”, but were not promoted as “built by Amazon”, as are the new ones.

Amazon unveiled the new TVs in a blog post last Wednesday. “These TVs combine our Fire TV experience with everything you know and love about Alexa, turning your TV into a smart hub in your living room. Available in a variety of sizes and loaded with features, there is much to love about these new smart TVs, ”the company said on its Amazon Fire TV blog.

“It has never been easier to access your favorite movies, shows, video games, live TV, music and more. Fire TV allows you to stream over 1 million movies and TV episodes in your favorite streaming apps, and you can access over 20,000 free movies and TV shows from apps like IMDb TV, Tubi, Pluto TV and more, ”said Amazon.

The company also highlighted specific features that the new TVs offer, including HDR10, HLG and Dolby Digital sound and Dolby Vision on older models. In addition to AirPlay 2 and HomeKit, the TVs also offer integration with Alexa from Amazon, allowing users to request specific programs, such as requesting a song on an Alexa-controlled speaker.

Users can also easily connect new TVs to the home theater system by associating it with an existing Echo studio.

“We reimagined what a TV can do, building it with two of our most popular core experiences – the ever-available intelligent power of Alexa in the far field and the entertainment approach to Fire TV content,” said Daniel Rausch . , Vice President of Amazon Entertainment Devices and Services. “Our new Fire TV Omni Series smart TVs with hands-free access to Alexa make TV control faster, easier and more natural.”

The Omni series comes in 43 ”, 50”, 55 ”, 65” and 75 ”sizes, while the Fire TV 4-Series is available in 43”, 50 ”and 55” models.

Stephen Silver, a technology writer for The National Interest, is a journalist, essayist and film critic who is also a contributor to The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philly Voice, Philadelphia Weekly, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Living Life Fearless, Backstage Magazine, Broad Street Review and junction today. Philadelphia Film Critics Circle co-founder Stephen lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia with his wife and two sons. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenSilver.

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