Roku rolls out AirPlay 2 and HomeKit assist to 4K gadgets

By | November 11, 2020

In September, Roku announced the subsequent model of its TV working system, Roku OS 9.4, would introduce assist for Apple’s AirPlay 2 and HomeKit. This morning, the company says these options have now rolled out throughout numerous its 4K Roku gadgets, together with the Roku Extremely, Roku Streambar, Roku Sensible Soundbar, Roku Streaming Stick+, and Roku Premiere. The replace will arrive on 4K Roku TV subsequent.

With the added assist for AirPlay 2, Roku system house owners will be capable of stream content material from their iPhone, iPad or Mac to their Roku — whether or not that’s private content material from their very own library or from different streaming apps that additionally assist AirPlay 2.

This could possibly be a helpful function within the case {that a} new streaming service doesn’t launch an app for Roku gadgets or threatens to tug an present app off Roku as a negotiating tactic in licensing offers, as NBCU did.

These strikes by streaming companies finally damage Roku prospects, so the choice to stream content material from a supported system, like an iPhone, would assist reduce the blow.

For instance, HBO Max is at the moment withholding its app from Roku gadgets, so the brand new capacity to stream through AirPlay 2 is a pleasant workaround. However this may even require HBO Max to proceed to assist AirPlay 2 on iOS going ahead.

(In the event you’re unable to get AirPlay 2 to work simply but, you’ll quickly. Roku says the function will arrive to 4K streaming gamers round 12 PM PT right this moment.)

Along with AirPlay 2, Roku OS 9.4 will convey assist for HomeKit, which permits Roku house owners to regulate their system utilizing the Dwelling app and Siri on their iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, and HomePod.

Different adjustments that arrive with 9.4 embrace a brand new “Dwell TV” tile to the house display, that includes a stay information to The Roku Channel’s over 115 free stay channels, in addition to options to assist customers learn to use voice instructions, and up to date theme packs that now embrace non-obligatory sounds.




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