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Roku now rolling out HomeKit and AirPlay 2 for streaming devices and smart TVs

Roku now rolling out HomeKit and AirPlay 2 for streaming devices and smart TVs

Back in September, Roku announced that there would be support for HomeKit and AirPlay 2 sometime this year. The new features are now being rolled out for both 4K Roku streaming devices and Roku TV models.

AirPlay 2 and HomeKit have been introduced on a variety of smart TVs from companies like LG, Samsung, and Vizio over the past two years. Roku’s rollout is particularly noteworthy given that the company’s popular streaming sticks and set-top boxes are often cheaper than the competition.

Here are the Roku players who support HomeKit and AirPlay 2:

Companies like TCL and Sharp also sell smart TVs powered by the Roku platform. In a blog post today, Roku confirmed that these devices will also be updated to Roku OS 9.4, and support for HomeKit and AirPlay 2 will be added “in phases” over the coming weeks.

AirPlay 2 support for Roku products makes it easy for you to share or mirror content from your iPhone, iPad or Mac to your TV. With HomeKit support, your TV can be integrated with the Home app on your device, manage playback with Siri, add scenes and automations to your TV, and much more.

Roku also added support for Apple TV + and the Apple TV app last year.

If you own any of the above Roku streaming products, you can update starting today to get the functionality of HomeKit and AirPlay 2. When you get the new features on your device, let us know what you think in the comments!

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