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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® controllers
This 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 remote
Voice 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.

 
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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. 

Read VIZIO, Inc’s full press release after the jump.

 
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Updated: Misunderstanding of comms between LG UK and LG HQ.

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”.

You can read our original article after the jump.