The Best Budget 4K TVs Will Natively Support AirPlay 2 and HomeKit, Which is Amazing

Gear Patrol
By Tucker Bowe
January 7, 2019

Vizio hasn’t been at CES for several years, but this year it’s back — and it’s back with a bang. It’s announcing that, later this year, it’ll release a software update that will add support for AirPlay 2 and HomeKit to all its SmartCast TVs. Essentially, it’s enabling its smart TVs to all work like they have little Apple TVs built inside them. Which is crazy and strange, for Apple at least, because it effectively means you don’t have to buy an Apple TV.

Just for clarity, AirPlay 2 enables you to a bunch of things on the TV. You’ll be able to instantly stream 4K movies and Dolby Vision HDR shows to the TV, straight from your iPhone, iPad or Mac. You’ll be able to quickly display photos or presentations, too. And it essentially turns your TV into another wireless speaker that you can integrate into a multi-room sound system with other AirPlay 2-supported speakers, like the HomePod.

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