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[Update: Availability details] Samsung Smart TVs adding AirPlay 2, iTunes Movies and TV Shows app

Update 2/11/2019: Samsung now says its 2019 QLED TVs are now available to purchase or pre-order. The upcoming iTunes app and AirPlay 2 feature will be available in a future update to compatible 2019 and 2018 TVs.

Apple and Samsung today announced a partnership to put iTunes TV shows and movies onto Samsung Smart TVs from the spring. The iTunes video content will be exposed through a special app that sits alongside existing apps like Netflix, Hulu and YouTube.

The TVs will also become AirPlay 2 receivers, marking the first official AirPlay integration for third parties. The features will launch on 2019 Samsung Smart TVs and most 2018 Samsung Smart TVs through a software update.

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The features offered by the Apple partnership will mean that the service offering on Samsung Smart TVs mirrors what you can get with an Apple TV set-top box.

Samsung users will be able to view, buy and rent the entire iTunes movies and TV shows — in resolutions up to 4K. Apple’s content will integrate with Samsung TV features like universal search and the Bixby voice assistant.

AirPlay 2 integration enables iOS users to beam videos, photos and music to their Smart TV without needing an Apple TV connected. Videos can only be streamed to one device at a time, but the TVs will be able to participate in multi-room audio.

Apple SVP Eddy Cue celebrated the announcement in a press statement today:

“We look forward to bringing the iTunes and AirPlay 2 experience to even more customers around the world through Samsung Smart TVs, so iPhone,

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