HomeKit

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Sigmund Judge

Apple TV Gains Siri and IP Control via Crestrons Programmable Remote​

Apple TV Gains Siri and IP Control via Crestrons Programmable Remote​

Announced at WWDC 2018 as part of tvOS 12 – home control system integration – including HomeKit and Siri – will soon be made available to Crestron customers.

Through a software and firmware update expected this week, Crestrons TSR-310 handheld touch-screen remote will be the first in its category to adopt Apple TV, Siri and HomeKit control.

Crestron’s TSR-310 is a great alternative for the Siri Remote. With a price tag of $1000, Crestron customers can control multiple Apple TVs through either voice control or the remote’s integrated three inch touch display.

Todays announcement in full:

Available now via Crestron SIMPL Windows programming software for 3-Series® controllersThis enhanced partnership gives you the power to take your clients’ user experience and lifestyle to new heights with: IP Control:The ability to browse Apple TV content with lightning-fast IP control via the award-winning TSR-310 touch screen remoteVoice Control via Siri: Have Siri find specific content for you with a simple press of the microphone button on the TSR-310 remote and voice command. How to get started
The SIMPL Windows release is available now:
Make sure you are running the Device Database 106.05.001.00 or later
For the TSR-310 make sure you are running the latest software and firmware posted here
For 3-Series control systems, visit the corresponding product pages to download the latest software and firmware
Sample programs can be found here
The device and Crestron databases, will enable this functionality in SIMPL Windows. After updating the firmware you can use the built-in help file to program HomeKit® integration. Refer to the provided documentation for guidance on how to integrate these modules into your programs.
The Apple certified 3-Series SIMPL Windows firmware update will include:
Support for 3-Series control systems to enable these new features
SIMPL Windows module and TSR-310 extender, with documentation on how to make these new features work in SIMPL Windows
Ability to:
Control Apple TV with TSR-310
Securely connect TSR-310 and HomeKit
Control multiple Apple TV units via TSR-310, linked by their device names
Route voice via TSR-310 microphone to currently selected Apple TV, once correctly connected in SIMPL Windows
For control via other devices including the HR-310, touch screens, or mobile app, you will need to provide a secondary means of control such as IR or CEC.

The Crestron TSR-310 is available for purchase through certified commercial dealers.

Sigmund Judge

HomeKit and Airplay Now Rolling out to Vizio TV's

HomeKit and Airplay Now Rolling out to Vizio TV's

Vizio is the latest television manufacturer to roll out support for Apple’s AirPlay 2 and HomeKit. These features make it easier for iOS and OSX users to share content to the big screen as well as control their TVs power, volume and inputs through a combination of Siri voice commands and Apple’s Home and Remote apps.

Starting today, Vizio owners are required to update Vizio’s SmartCast 3.0 software which includes support for both. It should be noted compatible Vizio TVs will be updated in a phased process “through the coming months”.

Here is the list of compatible Vizio TVs:

VIZIO P-Series Quantum X (2019)

VIZIO P-Series Quantum (2019 and 2018)

VIZIO P-Series (2018, 2017 and 2016)

VIZIO M-Series Quantum (2019)

VIZIO M-Series (2018, 2017 and 2016)

VIZIO E-Series (2018, 2017 and 2016 UHD models)

VIZIO V-Series (2019)

VIZIO D-Series (2018)

Vizio should be commended for the vast array of SmartCast TV models that will be compatible with both features; with some dating back to 2016. Other manufacturers in comparison are limiting these convenient features to their 2019 models and in some exceptions to last years models.

LG started rolling out AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support to some of their 2019 TVs yesterday whilst Sony are expected to roll out support for their flagship models in the near future. Samsung TVs will not support HomeKit compatibility in favour of their own SmartThings platform yet support AirPlay 2. Samsung are also the first TV manufacturer to feature the Apple TV app, giving access to Apple TV Channels along with iTunes Movie and iTunes TV Show purchases and rentals.

Press Release:

VIZIO, Inc. announced today that support for Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit is beginning to roll out to VIZIO SmartCast TVs. The new compatibility feature will roll out via an over-the-air update for VIZIO SmartCast 3.0, the latest iteration of its easy-to-use smart TV experience1. With AirPlay 2, millions of VIZIO SmartCast users can now effortlessly play videos, music, photos and more directly from their iPhone, iPad and Mac to SmartCast TVs. HomeKit, Apple’s secure smart home platform, is also supported, enabling customers to easily control their SmartCast TVs using the Home app or by asking Siri. These new enhancements are beginning to roll out now and continue over the coming months to new and existing SmartCast TVs dating back to 2016.

“SmartCast 3.0 is full of added value for VIZIO customers. With both AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support, users can now share movies, TV shows, music and more from their favourite apps, including the Apple TV app, directly to SmartCast TVs, and enable TV controls through the Home app and Siri,” said Bill Baxter, Chief Technology Officer, VIZIO. “We are thrilled to offer an even more compelling value proposition to our users with a smart TV experience that supports all three major voice assistants. This broad range of compatibility enables VIZIO SmartCast to seamlessly integrate into any household with Siri, Google Assistant or Alexa – giving users more ways to sit back and enjoy the entertainment they love.”
AirPlay 2With a simple tap of the AirPlay icon, users are able to stream 4K and Dolby VisionTM HDR movies and TV shows from the Apple TV app and other AirPlay-compatible video apps as well as music, photos and more directly from their iPhone, iPad and Mac to their SmartCast TVs2. Users can also mirror content such as web pages and presentations to their VIZIO SmartCast TVs. AirPlay 2 also features multi-room audio capabilities so VIZIO SmartCast users can enjoy a variety of content across their VIZIO SmartCast TV, HomePod or other AirPlay 2-compatible speakers at the same time, all in sync. From Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and library content to third-party compatible music services and podcasts, users have more audio streaming options than ever before.
HomeKitHomeKit allows customers to easily and securely control smart home products using the Home app or by asking Siri on their Apple devices. VIZIO SmartCast TVs can be added to the Home app and included in scenes or automations like any other HomeKit accessory. Customers can also use iPhone and iPad to turn their SmartCast TV on or off from the Home app, change volume and switch inputs, and ask Siri from iPhone and iPad to play movies, TV shows or music with AirPlay 2.
VIZIO’s 2019 4K HDR smart TV collection, featuring VIZIO SmartCast 3.0 and its most captivating assortment of premium picture quality technologies to date, is now available at retailers nationwide such as Amazon, Best Buy, Costco, Sam’s Club, Target and Walmart. Pricing ranges from $259.99 MSRP for the all-new 40-inch V-Series to $3,499.99 MSRP for the flagship 75-inch P-Series Quantum X.
More information surrounding VIZIO SmartCast support for AirPlay 2 and HomeKit is available at VIZIO.com/apple.
1 The SmartCast 3.0 update is available only to eligible SmartCast TVs enabled with SmartCast Home™, VIZIO’s on-screen smart TV experience.2 4K and Dolby Vision HDR available via select apps. iOS 12.3 or later or macOS 10.14.5 or later is required.

Sigmund Judge

HomeKit & AirPlay 2 Coming to all AI ThinQ LG TVs?

HomeKit & AirPlay 2 Coming to all AI ThinQ LG TVs?

Update 2 – July 25th 10.10am

We received an email from LG’s UK PR Team this morning clarifying the situation.

“I’m really sorry but it turns out we (the UK office) misunderstood the comms from HQ in South Korea – by ‘all’ AI ThinQ TVs, the press release was only referring to the 2019 line up, therefore my email quoting ‘past and present’ is not accurate. Again I apologise for the misinformation on this”.

Update 1 – July 24th 11pm

In a bizarre turn of events LG have refuted the statement made by their UK PR team to us earlier today. LG offered the following statement to 9to5Mac whilst opening up to the future possibility of HomeKit and AirPlay 2 support on their older TVs:

“LG cannot guarantee that TV models prior to 2019 will be able to deliver a seamless user experience. Therefore, while this may be a possibility in the future, at the moment, LG has no plans to update its pre-2019 TVs with Airplay2 or Homekit”.

Original Article

In January LG announced Apple HomeKit and AirPlay 2 would be coming exclusively to It’s 2019 TV’s. Whilst other manufacturers including VIZIO and Sony will also be supporting these features across some of their product lines, LG will be first to the punch with a public rollout to it’s AI ThinQ compatible TVs starting this week.

With HomeKit support, LG TVs can be controlled with voice – via Siri – or through the Home app in iOS. Using either method you will be able to trigger power, volume and inputs. LG TVs will also be able to become a part of user defined automations and scenes.

HomeKit and AirPlay will be rolling out in phases to LG TV owners from July 25th to the following 2019 models:

LG Super UHD AI ThinQ – Models SK80, SK81, SK85, SK95

LG NanoCell AI ThinQ – Models SM98, SM90, SM86, SM82

LG OLED AI ThinQ – Models B9, C9, E9, W9

But wait, there’s more good news…

After communication via email with Piers Le Moignan of LG’s UK press team, ScreenTimes.net can exclusively confirm that HomeKit and AirPlay 2 will be coming to

“All LG TV models with AI ThinQ from past to present”

meaning owners of some older LG TVs will be joining in on the party!

Let us know on Twitter the creative Scenes you’ve created with HomeKit automations.