The Apple TV app, and the new streaming service Apple TV+, has officially arrived on LG smart TVs. LG announced the launch of the Apple TV app on compatible 2019 LG smart TVs in the U.S. and in over 80 other countries. The Apple TV app will arrive on 2018 smart TVs as well later this year, and it’s also available on 2020 Smart TVs.
LG Smart TV users can access the new Apple TV app from the LG Home Launcher and then stream Apple TV+ shows, can subscribe to Apple TV channels, access iTunes, and buy or rent over 100,000 movies and TV shows.
LG also announced that Apple’s titles that are available in Dolby Vision like most of the Apple TV+ content — will be supported on LG’s smart TVs. Apple’s AirPlay 2, which allows users to mirror content from their iPhone, iPad or Mac on their TV, is also available on LG Smart TVs. Apple’s HomeKit, which allows users to control their TV with Apple’s Home app or Siri is also supported.
The Apple TV app, AirPlay 2, and HomeKit will now work on all of LG’s 2019 OLED TVs, NanoCell TVs (series SM9X and SM8X). Within a few months, the app will also arrive on select UHD TVs (series UM7X and UM6X). And later this year, it will also be available for LG’s 2018 TVs as well.
With the launch of Apple TV+ in November last year, Apple had no choice but to support a wider system in order to accommodate the variety of ways people today watch TV. Today, the TV app works on all Apple devices and the web. However, only Samsung was the first to have the TV app available across a wide number of smart TVs. According to Apple’s website, other TV manufacturers including Sony and VIZIO, only offer AirPlay 2 support as of now.