After Samsung, LG, and Vizio, Sony has now announced AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support for its new 8K LCD and 4K OLED Master Series TVs. Like announced by other OEMs, AirPlay 2 support means iPhone/iPad and Mac owners would be able to stream content from their device to their TV effortlessly.
Apple updated its AirPlay 2 page on Day 0 of CES 2019 to highlight that that “leading TV manufacturers” will be integrating AirPlay 2 directly into their TVs.
The HomeKit integration means the TVs will show up in the Home app on iOS and allow users to control their TV using Siri. Sony also highlights that users can add their TV to scenes where they can chain multiple commands into one.
Sony Z9G Series, A9G Series and X950G Series TVs will be compatible with Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit3. AirPlay 2 lets you effortlessly stream content from your iPhone, iPad and Mac right to your Sony TV. Watch movies and TV shows from iTunes and your other video apps, and view photos directly on your Sony TV. Listen to Apple Music, your iTunes music library, podcasts and your other music services on your television and AirPlay 2 speakers throughout the home — all in sync. HomeKit lets you easily and securely control smart home products using the Home app or by asking Siri on your Apple devices. These TVs can be added to the Home app and included in scenes or automations with other HomeKit accessories. For example, users can create a “Movie Night” scene in the Home app to easily turn on their TV and dim the lights, and simply ask Siri to launch the scene. AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support will launch in Z9G Series, A9G Series and X950G Series later this year.
These new AirPlay 2-compatible TV from Sony will be available in spring 2019, though AirPlay 2 support will come later in the year. Unlike Samsung, Sony is not promising any software update for its 2018 TVs to add AirPlay 2 support to them.