Roku rolls out AirPlay 2, HomeKit for smart TVs, streaming devices

Roku rolls out AirPlay 2, HomeKit for smart TVs, streaming devices


Roku gets AirPlay, HomeKit support
Get the Roku OS 9.4 update today.
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Roku has begun rolling out AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support for smart TVs and streaming devices.

The update, Roku OS 9.4, gives users the ability to control their Roku using the Home app on iPhone and iPad, and to send content from Mac and iOS devices to their TV via the Roku platform.

AirPlay and HomeKit are two of a small number of Apple platforms that can be adopted by third-party hardware-makers. You’ll now find both integrated into TVs and other devices from Samsung, Sony, and more.

Roku is the latest to embrace the wireless frameworks with its Roku OS 9.4 update.

Roku rolls out AirPlay and HomeKit support

“With Roku OS 9.4 now available on streaming players, we are adding all-new ways to navigate and control content-rich experiences on Roku devices as well as ensuring Roku devices provide a great entertainment experience for customers, regardless of what other technology products they prefer in their homes and particularly with the addition of Apple AirPlay and HomeKit,” said Ilya Asnis, SVP of Roku OS.

AirPlay gives iPhone, iPad, and Mac users the ability to send music and video and mirror their screens to their TV via a Roku device. With HomeKit, users can control their Roku using voice via the Home app on iOS and Apple Watch.

The full list of supported Roku devices includes:

  • Ultra
  • Streambar
  • Smart Soundbar
  • Streaming Stick+
  • Premier
  • 4K Roku TV

Available now

Roku OS 9.4 will be available on 4K Roku TVs “in the coming days,” Roku says. Those with another supported device should be able to get their hands on the newest update today.