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Earlier today Roku announced the release of Roku® OS 9.4 supporting Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support 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.


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.


Ilya Asnis, senior vice president of Roku OS at Roku: "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. 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."


The entertainment news site Variety added that "Nearly six months after HBO Max’s launch, Roku still doesn’t have a deal to distribute the WarnerMedia streamer. But now Roku has added support for Apple's AirPlay 2 and HomeKit to many of its 4K devices that provides a new workaround to watch HBO Max.


With AirPlay 2, Roku customers can stream, control and share content directly from their iPhone, iPad or Mac to play back on a supported Roku device — meaning you can use the HBO Max app for Apple devices to "cast” content directly to Roku players.


According to Roku, AirPlay 2 is supported on the following models: Roku Ultra (4800x, 4670x, 4661x, 4662x, 4660x, 4640x); Roku Premiere (4630x, 4620x, 3920x); Roku Streaming Stick Plus (3811x, 3810x); Roku Streambar (9102x); and Roku Smart Soundbar (9101x, 9100x).


On third-party Roku TVs (modelsAxxxx, Cxxxx, CxxGB and 7xxxx), support for Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit is expected to roll out in phases with Roku OS 9.4 in the coming months.


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