has announced (via
Engadget) that smart TV owners can sign up for a
beta for its SmartCast 3.0 update, which it will roll out this
spring, bringing with it Apple Airplay 2 and HomeKit support to
eligible smart TVs.
The company has opened up signups for
the beta, which will be made available in “Q1 2019,” and
will be made more widely available in an update for SmartCast
TVs and Displays during the second quarter of the year.
At CES this year, Apple made a splash by integrating with
AirPlay 2 support for
Samsung smart TVs for the first time. Vizio’s update is the
first step towards bringing AirPlay 2 and HomeKit compatibility
to consumers, allowing them to rent or buy content from iTunes
on the television, or to control it with Siri.
At the show, Vizio said that its 2019 televisions would
come with Airplay 2 functionality, and that “eligible”
SmartCast TVs will also get the functionality with a software