Roku Brings AirPlay 2 and HomeKit Support to Roku Streaming Players and Roku TVs
Last month, Roku announced that AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support would be coming to their line of 4K streaming players.
While select customers began receiving the update a few weeks ago, Roku said this morning that it should be available to all customers with Roku 4K streaming players like Roku Ultra and Roku Streaming Stick+, with support on and 4K TVs in the coming days.
Fortunately, the addition of AirPlay, does open up access to apps that aren’t available on Roku. With the addition of AirPlay, there is now a workaround to access HBO Max, which isn’t available as a native channel on Roku devices. Additionally, Twitch streamers can now watch their favorite gamers by using AirPlay on Roku devices.
Depending on your Roku device, with HomeKit, you can control power, remote commands, and on Roku TVs even volume/mute and input switching. You can control your Roku using Siri or through the Home App on your iPhone or iPad.
“With Roku OS 9.4 now available on streaming players, we are adding all-new ways to navigate and control content-rich experiences on Roku devices as well as ensuring Roku devices provide a great entertainment experience for customers, regardless of what other technology products they prefer in their homes and particularly with the addition of Apple AirPlay and HomeKit,” said Ilya Asnis, senior vice president of Roku OS at Roku
What Roku Devices Support AirPlay & HomeKit?
|Roku TV||Axxxx, Cxxxx, CxxGB, 7xxxx|
|Roku Smart Soundbar||9101x, 9100x|
|Roku Ultra||4800x, 4670x, 4661x, 4662x, 4660x, 4640x|
|Roku Premiere||4630x, 4620x, 3920x|
|Roku Streaming Stick+||3811x, 3810x|
To use AirPlay, you will need an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 12.3 or later, or a Mac with macOS Mojave 10.14.5 or later.
What HomeKit Features Does My Roku Support?
|Power||Volume/mute||Input switching||Basic remote control commands|
|Roku Streambar and Roku Smart Soundbar||x||x||-||x|
|Roku Ultra, Premiere, and Streaming Stick+||x||-||-||x|