LG Electronics revealed Monday that it is making the Apple TV app available in “compatible 2019 LG smart TVs”.

The addition, which was previously announced as coming to its 2020 smart TVs, is now expanding to many existing 2019 models as well as some 2018 models (the latter via a firmware update later this year). Among other things, this will enable users to access the AppleTV+ streaming service, access various channels of free, rental and purchased content, and will come with support for Apple HomeKit and access to user’s iTunes libraries.

Using the Apple TV app viewers with “compatible LG” 2018, 2019 and 2020 TVs will gain the ability to subscribe to the Apple TV+ streaming service without the need to add a separate streaming adapter. At the same time, an update gives viewers the ability to subscribe to various Apple TV channels — direct subscriptions to premium video services available both online and offline, ad-free and on demand, the company said.

The Apple TV app brings access via an LG smart TV to users’ iTunes video libraries, where they can also buy or rent over 100,000 movies and TV shows, the company revealed.

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The Apple TV app can be accessed from the LG Home Launcher. Apple TV+ allows users to view many popular 4K Ultra HD/Dolby Vision high dynamic range (HDR) supporting movies and programs as well as HD and Full/standard dynamic range (SDR) content. Many LG 4K/HDR TVs support the Dolby Vision dynamic metadata HDR profile, in addition to the HDR10 and HLG profiles. Many LG 4K TVs also support Dolby Atmos advanced surround sound content streamed along with Dolby Digital+ compressed content, but this capability has not been announced as part of the new Apple TV app.

LG’s 2019 TVs also support Apple AirPlay 2, which allows users to share or mirror content from their iPhone, iPad or Mac directly to an LG TV. Customers can also play music on the TV and sync it with other AirPlay 2 compatible speakers anywhere in the home. Also supported is Apple HomeKit, which lets users easily and securely control their TV with the Home app on their iPhone or iPad or by voice using Siri, enabling them to power on or off, change volume, switch inputs and other perform functions, the company said.

The Apple TV app, AirPlay 2 and HomeKit capabilities are now available on LG’s 2019 OLED TVs and NanoCell TVs (series SM9X and SM8X), the company said. Later this month, the Apple TV app will roll out on select 4K UHD TVs (series UM7X and UM6X).

In addition, the Apple TV app and Apple TV+ will be available on 2020 TVs at launch and on certain series of LG’s 2018 TVs later this year via an over-the-air firmware upgrade, LG said.

“LG continues to offer the best home entertainment experience through technological innovations that support the delivery of high quality viewing and user convenience,” said Park Hyoung-sei, president of the LG Home Entertainment Company. “By bringing the Apple TV app and Apple TV+ to even more TV models, we are once again demonstrating our determination to meet consumers’ needs and add value to our products.”

By Greg Tarr

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