Samsung adds rival Apple's iTunes to TVs

09 January, 2019, 05:51 | Author: Miranda Cannon
  • Today Samsung announced a deal to bring iTunes and Air Play 2 to Samsung TVs In 2019

Meanwhile Samsung stated: "In an industry first, a new iTunes Movies and TV Shows app will debut only on Samsung Smart TVs in more than 100 countries". Samsung smart TV owners will now be able to access their existing iTunes libraries and buy or rent other movies and TV shows directly from their TVs without having to use an Apple device such as an Apple TV.

Samsung's previous generation of smart TVs will also gain the features via a firmware update.

The introduction of AirPlay 2 support for smart TVs also comes amid rumours that Apple might unveil a low-priced Chromecast-style HDMI dongle for streaming video to televisions, rather than requiring a more expensive Apple TV set-top box. Starting as small as 49 inches, but going all the way to 82 inches, the NU8000 has a motion rate of 240, making all the pictures look super sharp.

The TV displays are made up of individual modules of self-emissive MicroLEDs, featuring millions of inorganic red, green and blue microscopic LED chips that emit their own light to produce brilliant colors on screen - delivering what Samsung says is unmatched picture quality that surpasses any display technology now available on the market.

Voice commands via Samsung's new Bixby and AI remote offer enhanced control, whilst also supporting Amazon Echo and Google Home.


Actually, this is not really a new product as the company did something similar at last year's CES, introducing a 146-inch Micro LED display by unveiling The Wall. These TVs are huge, however, available only in 65- and 75-inch sizes. The company has also showcased its new 8K QLED TVs that will be coming to the market this year. As with 4K TVs, the prices can be expected to get more affordable once the technology goes mainstream. At CES here, LG, Samsung, and Vizio all announced support for AirPlay 2 on their various smart TV platforms.

It may be slightly overkilling for a 40-inch TV, but 4K for under $400 is a lot of value.

Smart TVs are getting bigger and bigger each year.

LG, Sony, and Vizio are joining Samsung in the first batch of brands to include AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support in their range of upcoming TVs.

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