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AirPlay 2 and HomeKit added to Amazon’s Fire TV Edition TVs

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Various Fire TV Edition models will receive free updates adding AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support, Amazon announced on Wednesday. Amazon’s $80 Fire TV stick and set-top box will gain the features as well, before the lower-priced Fortes Fire TV sticks with Dolby Vision and Insignia 4K UHD Smart TVs do.

AirPlay 2 should work the same way on these specific TV sets as it does on Apple’s own Apple TV, allowing you to send audio and video from your phone, tablet, or computer to the big screen and control playback directly from your device.

Apple’s HomeKit and AirPlay 2 will be available on the Fire TV Edition TVs

It takes a little extra work to integrate your TV with Apple’s HomeKit smart home ecosystem: make sure HomeKit is enabled in Settings > Display & Sounds > AirPlay & HomeKit > Set Up, and then add it as a device in the Home app. Once added, your Fire TV can be turned on and off, adjusted in volume, or switched inputs using Siri.

AirPlay 2 and HomeKit coming to Fire TVs (and, hopefully, one day soon, to Fire TV sticks) should make using the TVs with Apple devices even easier. As of 2019, Apple TV Plus is available for Amazon Fire TVs, meaning Apple already has an arrangement with Amazon.

These companies are interacting in a completely different way than they did just a few years ago. Amazon had once banned the sale of competing hardware in its marketplace, such as Apple TV (and Chromecast, as well as the Nexus Player). Amazon claimed it was important to only sell products that are “compatible with Prime Video”.

Since then, the companies have reconciled, and Amazon has reached a very favorable deal so it can avoid Apple’s 30 percent App Store commission and use its own in-app purchase system. Things have improved now. The iPhone and the Fire TV should work together.

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