Roku adds Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support to wide array of devices

Roku today announced, with the release of Roku OS 9.4, Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support is now available on select 4K Roku devices, including the Roku Ultra, Roku Streambar, Roku Smart Soundbar, Roku Streaming Stick+, and Roku Premiere. Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit are expected to roll out to supported 4K Roku TV models in the coming days.

Roku adds Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support to wide array of devices

With AirPlay 2, Roku customers can stream, control and share their favorite content directly from their iPhone, iPad, or Mac to their supported Roku device, bringing the experience to the big screen. HomeKit allows customers to easily and securely control their Roku device with their voice using the Home app and Siri on iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, or HomePod.

“With regular automatic software updates, the Roku OS enables consumers to easily get to the entertainment they want via the new features we develop and add over time,” said Ilya Asnis, senior vice president of Roku OS at Roku, in a statement. “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.”

Roku Ultra

The Roku Ultra offers up to 50% more range and Bluetooth support. Users can stream in Dolby Vision picture quality and experience immersive Dolby Atmos sound when paired with compatible devices. Control the Roku Ultra by using Roku Voice via the included voice remote, or by speaking commands to devices featuring Apple’s Siri, Amazon Alexa, or Google Assistant.

Roku Streambar

The Roku Streambar combines streaming and audio for any TV with HDMI. Users can hear every detail as they stream 4K HDR picture quality on 4K HDR compatible TVs. Crisp audio makes dialogue easier to hear and, with its compact design, fills the room with sound. Loud commercials can be quieted automatically.

Roku OS 9.4

Roku OS 9.4 also features the Live TV Channel Guide on Roku TVs, helpful hints for Roku Voice, Surround Level Control for Multi-Channel Audio, updated Theme Packs, and performance enhancements. Roku TV models are expected to receive the update in phases over the coming months, including Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit for select 4K Roku TVs.

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  1. Just did a Roku system update, and confirmed “Mirroring” on my Mac. It’s working on my Sony TV, but when playing a streaming video there is noticeable “lag time” with the audio. Also a noticeable lag in on screen pointer/mouse movements. More research to be done.

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