At CES 2019, many TV manufacturers announced built-in Apple AirPlay for their televisions. Vizio promised that many existing TVs dating back to 2016 would have these features as well. Now you can join beta and get AirPlay early.
AirPlay lets you send content from your iPhone, iPad or Mac to your Vizio TV. For example, you can stream videos from iTunes, play music from Apple Music or even mirror your iPhone or Mac screen on your TV. HomeKit support means you can use Siri to control your TV, turn on and off off, adjust the volume and start playing with an iPhone, iPad or HomePod.
As Vizio told, the SmartCast 3.0 software with these new features should roll out for everyone sometime during the second quarter of 2019. But in the first quarter of 2019 you can join Vizio's beta program and get it early. This allows you to install the beta version of SmartCast 3.0 on your TV, so you may experience some bugs if you take the leap before it is ready for everyone.
If you are interested, you can now sign up for the Vizio SmartCast 3.0 beta if you live in the US or Canada. Go to Vizio's registration page and enter your email address to get started. It looks like Vizio hasn't rolled out the beta software yet, but you're the first to know when Vizio does.
According to Apple, the following TVs will receive the SmartCast 3.0 program:
- VIZIO P-Series Quantum X (2019)
- VIZIO P-Series Quantum (2019 and 2018)
- VIZIO P-Series ( 2018, 2017 and 2016)
- VIZIO M-Series Quantum (2019)
- VIZIO M-Series (2018, 2017 and 2016)
- VIZIO E-Series (2018, 2017 and 2016 UHD models)  VIZIO V-Series (2019)
- VIZIO D-Series (2018 )
Other Vizio TVs will not get the SmartCast 3.0 software update as far as we know.
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Thanks to Engadget for discovering this.