Meanwhile, Here is how 2019 Samsung TVs to support Apple iTunes, AirPlay 2 in the link of an Eye. The move marks the first time iTunes movies and TV shows can be viewed on a non-Apple streaming device. Samsung and Apple are making nice — at least when it comes to video. 

2019 Samsung TVs

2019 Samsung TVs to support Apple iTunes, AirPlay 2

Samsung on Sunday said its 2019 line of smart TVs will offer support for iTunes movie and TV shows beginning this spring. The launch could coincide with the expected unveiling of Apple’s long-rumored video streaming service, which is expected to make an appearance early this year.

The iTunes support will allow Samsung TV owners in more than 100 countries to access their iTunes library or buy and rent iTunes video content through their TVs. The capability will also be made available to 2018 models through a firmware update, Samsung said.

Samsung TVs will also support AirPlay 2, Apple’s upgraded Wi-Fi audio streaming technology, allowing customers to stream videos, music and other content directly to their TV from an Apple device. Samsung said AirPlay 2 support will be available in 190 countries.

“We look forward to bringing the iTunes and AirPlay 2 experience to even more customers around the world through Samsung Smart TVs, so iPhoneiPad, and Mac users have yet another way to enjoy all their favorite content on the biggest screen in their home,” Eddy Cue, Apple’s chief of internet services and software, said in a statement.

Samsung made the announcement ahead of the start of CES in Las Vegas. The company uses the massive electronics show as its venue for unveiling new TVs, appliances and other devices. It will host an event Sunday to show off TVs, as well as a press conference Monday to talk up its strategy for the next year.

Apple’s video ambitions

As for Apple, the move to expand iTunes beyond its own Apple TV demonstrates its heightened emphasis on software and services. The company has long used its services as a way to sell more of its devices, but as phone sales slow, it’s pushing things like Apple Music and iTunes even more.

Over the past year, Apple has deployed a $1 billion budget to develop content from high-profile film and television stars, including Oprah WinfreyReese WitherspoonM. Night Shyamalan, and Steven Spielberg. The company has hired two top executives from Sony Pictures Television to lead the effort. Apple’s also hinted that there’s something big in store. It may be a streaming video service that would rival Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime, or some other model, like a big package of services that includes Apple Music.

2019 Samsung TVs to support Apple iTunes, AirPlay 2

2019 Samsung TVs

For that service and others to really take off, Apple will have to make them work with products from other companies. Even for many diehard Apple fans, it’s still a mix-and-match world — with many buying TVs from Samsung or LG, computers from Lenovo or Dell and smart speakers from Amazon or Google.

Samsung is the world’s largest TV vendor, so working with the company — despite past patent litigation related to phones — makes sense for Apple, especially as it gears up to introduce its own video streaming service.

“It makes total sense,” Creative Strategies Analyst Carolina Milanesi said. “Samsung has the biggest share in TV across the people Apple would want to subscribe to their upcoming service.”

And for Samsung, “there is no real downside in allowing this,” she added.

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