Vizio TVs start getting AirPlay 2 and HomeKit

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Vizio TV with AirPlay 2
Vizio TVs are getting a free software update that will let iPad and iPhone users beam video to them.
Photo: Vizio

Vizio has started updating its recent SmartCast TVs with support for AirPlay 2, allowing users to stream video from their iPhone or other Apple device. And not just new TVs — the list of compatible models stretches back to ones released in 2017.

These devices are also getting HomeKit support, so they can be part of Apple’s home automation system.

Vizio promises users can “effortlessly stream, share and mirror your favorite content and personal memories from your iPhone, iPad and Mac. Easily and securely control your TV using the Home app, Siri, or from Control Center on your Apple devices.”

These features are coming in an update to SmartCast 3.0 software. Vizio says this has started going out already, but could take months before all compatible TVs.

Speaking of which, AirPlay 2 and HomeKit are available to:

  • P-Series Quantum (2018 and 2019)
  • P-Series (2017, 2018 and 2019)
  • M-Series (2017, 2018 and 2019)
  • E-Series (2017, 2018 and 2019)
  • D-Series (2017, 2018 and 2019)

AirPlay 2 opens up

After keeping its AirPlay tech a closely-held secret for years, Apple changed course and licensed it to several TV makers.

That includes LG, who started bringing AirPlay 2 and HomeKit to its newest smart TV sets last week. Samsung and Sony will also add support for AirPlay 2, but only on their latest models.

Apple decided to open up its tech to boost the potential market for its Apple TV+ streaming video service that will debut this fall. This will require an iOS or macOS device to receive the video, but programs and movies can be wirelessly sent from there to any screen that supports AirPlay 2.