Amazon adds support for AirPlay 2 and HomeKit to its two Fire TV Edition TVs with free upgrade, company announced on Wednesday. Both the 2020 Toshiba 4K UHD Smart Fire TV with Dolby Vision and the 2020 Insignia 4K UHD TV will get features before they arrive at Amazon’s cheaper Fire TV sticks and set-top boxes.
On these specific TVs, AirPlay 2 should work the same way on Apple’s own Apple TV, allowing you to stream audio and video from your phone, tablet, or computer to the big screen and control playback from your device. Integrating into Apple’s smart home ecosystem with HomeKit requires a little extra footwork: You need to enable HomeKit in TV settings under Display & Sound> AirPlay & HomeKit> Configure and then add it as a device to the Home app. Once added, you can use Siri to turn Fire TV on and off, change the volume, or switch inputs.
Both Air-Play 2 and HomeKit, which come with Fire TVs (and hopefully one day soon, Fire TV sticks) should make using TVs with Apple devices much easier. Apple already has Amazon devices – The Apple TV Plus app came to Fire TVs in 2019.
It is the stark contrast to how these two companies were dealing just over five years ago. At the time, Amazon had banned competing devices such as Apple TV (and Chromecast and Nexus Player) in the market because it argued that it is important to sell only media players that are “well interacted” with Prime Video. Companies have since agreed, and reached a very favorable agreement Amazon, which allows it to avoid Apple’s 30 percent App Store fees and use its own in-app purchasing system. Now things are better. At least if you have an iPhone and Fire TV.