When Apple made its surprise (but smart) announcement that "leading TV producers" integrate AirPlay 2 into their televisions, there was good news for existing owners of some Samsung and Vizio models – but not for LG TV – Owners …
Support was announced for premium TV models from four different brands: Samsung, Vizio, LG and Sony. But there was a crucial difference between Samsung and Vizio on one side and LG and Sony on the other.
Samsung announced that a firmware update would bring AirPlay 2 support to six of its 2018 models: the 4/5/6 / 7/8 series and the QLED models.
Vizio went even further and announced retroactive support for four of its models in both 2017 and 2018 incarnations: D, E, M and P series.
But no such luck with LG or Sony – with their TV's you only get the function in 2019 models. And that's something an LG owner hopes to change.
Doney den Ouden has launched an online petition that encourages LG to bring AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support to older premium OLED models.
We, owners of 2016, 2017 and 2018 LG webOS Premium OLED TVs, please request LG Electronics Inc. about bringing AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support for 2019 OLED TV's to 2016, 2017 and 2018 models.
It is quite possible to add these features via a firmware update, proven by Samsung, which brings AirPlay 2 and HomeKit to at least their 2018 TV models via a firmware update.
LG, showing the customers of your premium TVs and worldwide, that LG TVs are supported with software updates for several years, making it a clever investment over other brands.
It seems to be a reasonable request where it can be obtained through a firmware update. The TV may not be as expensive as they once were, but premium models are still not cheap – and people usually expect to keep them for a long time. To replace a one or two year old TV for a feature that other brands offer to existing owners will not do much for the brand loyalty of LG and Sony owners.
You can sign the petition here and see the full list of compatible models here.
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