CES 2019 News: Samsung to add iTunes to Smart TVs

Samsung's Smart TVs are now even more comprehensive

by Steve Withers Jan 6, 2019 at 7:25 PM

  • At CES 2019 Samsung announced plans to add Apple iTunes Movies and TV Shows, along with AirPlay 2, to its Smart TVs.
    The support will be included on Samsung's 2019 TVs when they begin shipping in the spring, and it will be added to the company's 2018 Smart TVs via firmware update.

    In an industry first, the new iTunes Movies and TV Shows app will debut only on Samsung Smart TVs in more than 100 countries. AirPlay 2 support will be available on Samsung Smart TVs in 190 countries worldwide.

    With the new iTunes Movies and TV Shows app on Samsung Smart TVs, Samsung customers can access their existing iTunes library and browse the iTunes Store to buy or rent from a selection of hundreds of thousands of movies and TV episodes — including the largest selection of 4K HDR movies.

    iTunes Movies and TV Shows will work seamlessly with Samsung’s Smart TV Services, such as Universal Guide, Bixby 2.0 and Search features, to create a consistent experience across Samsung’s smart platform.

    With AirPlay 2 support, Samsung customers will be able to effortlessly play videos, photos, music, podcasts and more from Apple devices directly to Samsung Smart TVs, including QLED 4K and 8K TVs, as well as other Samsung UHD and HD models.

    "We pride ourselves on working with top industry leaders to deliver the widest range of content services to our Smart TV platform", said Won-Jin Lee, Executive Vice President, Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. "Bringing more content, value and open platform functionality to Samsung TV owners and Apple customers through iTunes and AirPlay 2 is ideal for everyone".

    "We look forward to bringing the iTunes and AirPlay 2 experience to even more customers around the world through Samsung Smart TVs, so iPhone, iPad and Mac users have yet another way to enjoy all their favorite content on the biggest screen in their home", said Eddy Cue, senior vice president of Internet Software and Services at Apple.

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