Apple has been slowly expanding its software and features to other platforms, most notably its Apple TV+ and Apple Music streaming services. Now the company’s software is coming to third-party webOS TVs.
LG today announced that Apple Music, the Apple TV app (which includes access to purchased content and the TV+ service), AirPlay and HomeKit will be coming to third-party TVs running LG’s webOS software. To be clear, those services were already available on LG’s own TVs; the novelty is that they will be available on televisions from other companies that run LG’s software, called “webOS Hub”. It’s not clear why that needed to happen separately, but regardless, it’s addressed now.
LG says that more than 200 partners are now using its webOS Hub software, “including Seiki, Eko, Stream System, Konka, Aiwa and Hyundai.” There aren’t many TVs in the US yet with the software, aside from LG’s own models, but that could change as the platform receives full support from companies like Apple. Samsung is also looking to export its smart TV software to other manufacturers, and TiVo now has a TV operating system as well.
It’s always good to see services coming to more hardware – no one should ever refuse to buy a TV because it’s missing some streaming services.