To kick off, let’s address the heart of your query: does your smart TV support Apple TV? The simple answer is: it depends on your TV’s model and brand. Not all smart TVs come with built-in support for the Apple TV app. However, many modern smart TVs do, so let’s explore further. On the other hand, if you’re talking more broadly about whether or not your TV can support you plugging in an Apple TV box then it’s a much easier question – as long as your TV has an HDMI port you’ll be able to connect your Apple TV box to it.
Smart TVs That Support Apple TV App
|Samsung||QLED 8K, QLED 4K, UHD 8, 7, and 6 Series, Frame, Serif, and The Sero series|
|LG||OLED, NanoCell, and UN8000, UN7000, and UN6000 series|
|Sony||X950H, X900H, X800H, and X850H series|
|Vizio||P, M, and V series|
|Hisense||H9G, H8G, and H6G series|
|TCL||9 Series, 8 Series, and 6 Series|
What is Apple TV?
Apple TV is more than just a physical streaming device; it’s also a software platform. This platform includes the Apple TV app and Apple TV+, Apple’s subscription streaming service. Understanding this distinction is crucial as it opens up the possibility of enjoying Apple TV content without needing the physical Apple TV device.
Smart TVs and Apple TV Compatibility
The compatibility of your smart TV with Apple TV is determined by the brand and model of your TV. Many leading TV manufacturers have integrated Apple TV support into their models. For instance, LG’s premium OLED and NanoCell TVs, including some 2019 and 2020 models, offer native support for the Apple TV app.
How to Check Compatibility
If you’re wondering whether your TV supports the Apple TV app, the first step is to visit your TV’s app store. Search for the Apple TV app or Apple TV+ app. If it’s available, you’re good to go. Here’s Apple’s official instructions on how to check:
Make sure your Smart TV is connected to your WiFi network and follow the instructions below to download it on your Smart TV.
Note: Some Smart TVs and streaming devices don’t support purchases in the Apple TV app. Use your Apple ID to buy, rent, or subscribe in the Apple TV app on an Apple device or other supported streaming device, then sign in with the same Apple ID on your TV to watch.
- Do any of the following, depending on your Smart TV model:
- Samsung: Select the Apps icon on the home screen.
- LG: Select the Search icon or the Apps icon on the home screen.
- Sony: For 2020, 2019, and 2018 models, make sure your TV’s software is up to date. See Sony support.For 2021 or later models, follow the instructions below for either Android TV or Google TV.
- Panasonic: Select the Apple TV+ app on the apps list page, then go to step 4 in this task.
- VIZIO: Go to step 4 in this task.
- HiSense: If you have a HiSense Roku TV, follow the instructions in the Roku task below.If you have a HiSense Android TV, follow the instructions in the Android TV task below.
- VIDAA: Select My Apps on the home screen, then select App Store.
- Browse or search for “Apple TV.”
- Follow the onscreen instructions to download the Apple TV app or Apple TV+ app (whichever is available for your Smart TV).
- On your Smart TV’s home screen or app launcher, select the Apple TV or Apple TV+ app to open it, then sign in with an Apple ID if prompted.Note: If you don’t already have an Apple ID, you can create one on the Apple ID website. You need only one Apple ID to use Apple TV app services. For more information, see the Apple ID FAQ.
Do All Smart TVs Support Apple TV?
Unfortunately, not all smart TVs support the Apple TV app. If your TV lacks this support, you still have options, like purchasing an Apple TV device. This device works with any TV that has an HDMI port, offering you access to Apple’s exclusive productions and a high-quality streaming experience.
Certain brands are more likely to have Apple TV support. Samsung, for instance, announced several new TVs in 2021 with native support for the Apple TV app. Similarly, LG and Sony have integrated the app into many of their models.
Alternatives to Built-In Support
If your smart TV doesn’t support Apple TV natively, you’re not out of luck. External streaming devices, such as Roku or Amazon Fire TV sticks, often support the Apple TV app. These devices can be plugged into your smart TV, extending its capabilities.
Setting Up Apple TV on Your Smart TV
Once you’ve established that your smart TV supports Apple TV, setting it up is straightforward. Just download the app from your TV’s app store, sign in with your Apple ID, and you’re ready to stream Apple’s extensive content library.
Exploring Apple TV’s Content Offerings
Apple TV+ is known for its exclusive, high-quality original content. From critically acclaimed shows to award-winning movies, there’s a wealth of content to explore once you have access to the app.
In conclusion, whether your smart TV supports Apple TV depends largely on the brand and model. However, with multiple ways to access this content, from native support to external devices, you’re never too far from enjoying Apple’s streaming services.
FAQs About Apple TV and Smart TVs
- Can I use Apple TV on an older smart TV? Yes, you can use an external Apple TV device or compatible streaming sticks like Roku or Amazon Fire TV to access Apple TV services on older smart TVs.
- Do I need an Apple ID to use Apple TV on my smart TV? Yes, an Apple ID is required to sign in and access content on the Apple TV app.
- Can I watch Apple TV+ if my TV doesn’t have the Apple TV app? Yes, you can watch Apple TV+ by using an external streaming device that supports the Apple TV app.
- Are there any smart TVs that come with Apple TV pre-installed? Yes, several modern smart TVs from brands like Samsung, LG, and Sony come with the Apple TV app pre-installed.
- Is the Apple TV app available in all regions? The availability of the Apple TV app may vary by region. Check your TV’s app store or Apple’s website for availability in your area.
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