Vizio has started rolling out Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support to "millions" of SmartCast 3.0 TVs dating back to 2016.
Vizio TVs from 2016 and later
Unlike LG and Sony, Vizio is not limiting Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support to its latest and greatest TVs. The company will bring the features to TVs dating back to 2016 but expects the rollout to take several months.
With AirPlay 2 users can push video, music, photos and other media content from an iPhone, iPad or Mac wirelessly onto the TV, opening the door to far more streaming content on Vizio TVs, including movies and TV shows from iTunes in up to 4K Dolby Vision video quality.
HomeKit is Apple's platform for the connected home that allows users to control certain aspects of the TV. With AirPlay 2 and HomeKit in a TV, the user can also use Siri voice commands to control the TV.
- "SmartCast 3.0 is full of added value for Vizio customers. With both AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support, users can now share movies, TV shows, music and more from their favorite apps, including the Apple TV app, directly to SmartCast TVs, and enable TV controls through the Home app and Siri," said Bill Baxter, Chief Technology Officer, Vizio. "We are thrilled to offer an even more compelling value proposition to our users with a smart TV experience that supports all three major voice assistants. This broad range of compatibility enables Vizio SmartCast to seamlessly integrate into any household with Siri, Google Assistant or Alexa – giving users more ways to sit back and enjoy the entertainment they love."
Besides Vizio, LG, Samsung and Sony will support AirPlay 2. LG and Sony will also support HomeKit, while Samsung was first to bring Apple's TV app to TVs. The new Apple TV app is coming to TVs from other manufacturers, including Vizio, later this year.
Also read: List: TVs with Airplay 2, iTunes app & HomeKit
The same features are available in the Apple TV box that can be connected to any TV via HDMI.
Vizio - AirPlay 2 and HomeKit
Compatible Vizio TVs Vizio 2016 SmartCast TVs Vizio P-Series Quantum (2019 and 2018) Vizio P-Series (2019, 2018 and 2017) Vizio M-Series (2019, 2018 and 2017) Vizio E-Series (2019, 2018 and 2017) Vizio D-series (2019, 2018 and 2017)
AirPlay 2 on Vizio TVs With a simple tap of the AirPlay icon, users are able to stream 4K and Dolby Vision HDR movies and TV shows from the Apple TV app and other AirPlay-compatible video apps as well as music, photos and more directly from their iPhone, iPad and Mac to their SmartCast TVs2. Users can also mirror content such as web pages and presentations to their room SmartCast TVs. AirPlay 2 also features multi-room audio capabilities so room SmartCast users can enjoy a variety of content across their Vizio SmartCast TV, HomePod or other AirPlay 2-compatible speakers at the same time, all in sync. From Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and library content to third-party compatible music services and podcasts, users have more audio streaming options than ever before.
HomeKit on Vizio TVs HomeKit allows customers to easily and securely control smart home products using the Home app or by asking Siri on their Apple devices. Vizio SmartCast TVs can be added to the Home app and included in scenes or automations like any other HomeKit accessory. Customers can also use iPhone and iPad to turn their SmartCast TV on or off from the Home app, change volume and switch inputs, and ask Siri from iPhone and iPad to play movies, TV shows or music with AirPlay 2.