Samsung 2019 QLED TVs available for pre-order; iTunes/AirPlay 2 support coming in a firmware update

Samsung says its 2019 QLED TVs — in both 4K and 8K versions — are now available to purchase or pre-order, while the previously announced iTunes app and AirPlay 2 feature will be available in a future update for compatible 2019 and 2018 TVs.

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Samsung’s QLED lineup offers models in a range of sizes. The 2019 QLED 4K line spans four series—Q60, Q70, Q80 and Q90—that range from 43 to 82 inches. They join the 2019 QLED 8K line, which is available in five sizes ranging from 65 to 98 inches.

Samsung is also enhancing its design-focused lifestyle TVs: The Frame, which features the Samsung Art Store, which the company says is the world’s largest art platform for TV with 1,000+ works of art and interchangeable bezels for owners to customize to their aesthetic, and The Serif, which features a “bold, post-modern design that makes a statement in any room.”

As announced at CES 2019, Samsung will be offering iTunes Movies and TV Shows and Apple AirPlay 2 support on 2019 Samsung Smart TV models. Support on 2018 Samsung Smart TVs will be made available via firmware update. In an industry first, a new iTunes Movies and TV Shows app will debut on Samsung Smart TVs in more than 100 countries. AirPlay 2 support will be available soon on Samsung Smart TVs in 190 countries worldwide.

With the new iTunes Movies and TV Shows app on Samsung Smart TVs, Samsung customers can access their existing iTunes library and browse the iTunes Store to buy or rent from a selection of hundreds of thousands of movies and TV episodes/ iTunes Movies and TV Shows “will work seamlessly with Samsung’s Smart TV Services, such as Universal Guide, the New Bixby and Search, to create a consistent experience across Samsung’s platform,” according to Samsung.

With AirPlay 2 support, Samsung customers will be able to effortlessly play videos, photos, music, podcasts and more from Apple devices directly to Samsung Smart TVs, including QLED 4K and 8K TVs, The Frame and Serif lifestyle TVs, as well as other Samsung UHD and HD models.