Fire TV Smart TVs gain Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit capabilities

Amazon has announced that Fire TV Smart TVs from Toshiba and Insignia are gaining support for Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit. AirPlay will allow iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Mac owners to cast content from their Apple devices directly onto the TVs. HomeKit support will allow Fire TV Smart TVs to be controlled by Siri. Support is rolling out to 2020 models now and will come to other Fire TV Smart TV models in the future. Read more ›

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Roku OS 9.4 update adds Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit to select Roku models

Roku is starting to roll out Roku OS version 9.4 and the big new feature is the addition of Apple Airplay 2 and HomeKit support. AirPlay allows users to cast video from an iPhone, iPad, or Mac to a supported Roku device, providing a decent alternative to Apple’s own Apple TV hardware and a new way to watch HBO Max on Rokus, since the app is still not available on the platform. HomeKit support allows for control of compatible Roku devices through Siri voice commands and Apple’s Home app. Read more ›

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Netflix drops AirPlay support for Apple TVs and smart TVs — Fire TV casting is not affected

Netflix has confirmed to The Verge that they’ve dropped support for Apple AirPlay entirely. This means that iPhone and iPad users can no longer use their mobile device to cast Netflix content to Apple TVs, as well as smart TVs that will support the upcoming AirPlay 2 expansion that includes Samsung, LG, Vizio, and Sony TVs. This does not affect Fire TVs, so it’s still possible to use an iOS or Android device to start playing Netflix content on any Fire TV that has the Netflix app installed. Read more ›

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AirScreen turns your Fire TV into a Chromecast with support for Google Cast and Apple AirPlay

A new app called AirScreen has just arrived in the Amazon Appstore for Fire TV devices that adds support for all the major casting protocols. It is compatible with all Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Edition television models and makes it possible to cast videos and your entire screen to your Fire TV from an Android device, iOS device, Mac, or Windows PC. It supports Google Cast so it works exactly like a Chromecast and supports Apple AirPlay, so it works like an Apple TV for iPhone casting. It also supports Miracast, which is what Windows PCs use for screen mirroring, as well as DLNA. Read more ›

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App Deal: AirPlayMirror Receiver down from $4.99 to $2.99 [Expired]

AirPlayMirror Receiver has just gone on sale for $2.99. This is the first time this app has dropped below its regular price of $4.99. This is the newest AirPlay app to be released for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. It allows Fire TVs and Fire TV Sticks to receive AirPlay video and screen mirroring from iPhones, iPads, and iMacs the same way the Apple TV works. One very interesting feature of this app that no other AirPlay app can do is display up to 4 different Apple devices simultaneously, with each device’s video displayed in its own window. I have not tried this app yet myself, but you don’t need to rely on my testing because the developer offers a free version that lets you try the app for 15 minutes before committing to buy the full version. The app is compatible with all Fire TV and Fire TV Stick models.

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New AirPlay app released for the Fire TV & Fire TV Stick

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One of the most popular category of apps on the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick are apps that add Apple AirPlay capabilities to the devices. Three out of the five most purchased apps by AFTVnews readers in 2014 were AirPlay apps, so it’s worth mentioning when a new player enters the AirPlay game. Airtight is a new app that promises to turn any Fire TV or Fire TV Stick into an AirPlay receiver, and it does so for just $0.99. That’s the same price as the full version (via in-app purchase) of AirBuddy, the previous cheapest app, but Airtight promises more features. Read more ›

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AllCast released for iOS — Compatible with AllCast for Fire TV & Fire TV Stick

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AllCast has long been one of the best solutions to send photos and videos from an Android device to your Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick. Now, the app made by the same guys behind ClockworkMod Recovery has finally been released for iOS devices.

Install the app on both your Fire TV and iOS device, and seamlessly send photos, music, and videos from your mobile device to your TV. While it’s not integrated across the OS like AirPlay, it should serve to be more reliable than the various AirPlay apps which promise to add AirPlay support to the Fire TV but never quite fully deliver on that promise.

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App Deal: Mirroring360 AirPlay Receiver down from $6.99 to $1.09 [Expired]

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Mirroring360 AirPlay Receiver, an app which allows your Fire TV to receive wireless AirPlay audio and video from Macs and iOS devices, has just gone on sale for $1.09. This is the first time this app has dropped below it’s regular price of $6.99 since its release last month. The app is created by Splashtop, who offer some great remote access software, but surprisingly has poor reviews. I haven’t tried this app myself, as I personally use AirReceiver and have been very happy with it. One thing to keep in mind with any AirPlay app for the Fire TV is that they are all essentially hacks. The AirPlay protocol is not an open standard, so all the AirPlay apps for the Fire TV have essentially reverse engineered the protocol to allow its use on non-Apple devices. So no AirPlay app on the Fire TV will ever be as rock solid as an Apple TV.

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App Deal: AirReceiver, the best iPhone and iPad AirPlay app, is $1.19 [Expired]

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AirReceiver brings one of the best features of the Apple TV, AirPlay, to the Amazon Fire TV. The app just started giving 180 coins back when purchased, which brings the total cost down from $2.99 to $1.19. This is the first time this app has ever been below its regular price since it was released in june. If you have an iPhone, iPod, or iPad in the house, this is a must have app. I have personally tried all of the AirPlay options for the Fire TV and have found this app to be the best solution. The app allows you to stream audio or video from iPhones, iPads, and iPods to the Fire TV. You can also mirror your entire iOS device’s screen onto your Fire TV. The app will also allow you to use your Fire TV as a second monitor, wirelessly, for your Apple computer.

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