Amazon Adds AirPlay 2 and HomeKit integration for two Fire TV


“AirPlay 2 and HomeKit are now available on the 2020 Toshiba 4K UHD Smart Fire TV with Dolby Vision and the 2020 Insignia 4K UHD Smart TV,” Amazon said. 

On these specific TVs, AirPlay 2 should work the same on Apple’s Apple TV, allowing you to send audio and video from your phone, tablet, or computer to the big screen and control the reading from your device. Integrating with HomeKit, Apple’s smart home ecosystem, requires a bit of extra work: you’ll need to enable HomeKit in your TV settings under Display & Sounds> AirPlay & HomeKit> Configure, then add it in as a device in the Home app. Once added, you can use Siri to turn your Fire TV on and off, change the volume, or change inputs.

Amazon had banned the sale of competing hardware like Apple TV in its market because it said it was important to only sell media players that “interact well” with Prime Video. The companies have since reconciled and struck a very favorable deal for Amazon that allows it to bypass Apple’s 30% commission on the App Store and use its own in-app purchase system. Now things are better. At least if you have an iPhone and Fire TV.