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(Pocket-lint) - LG is adding Apple's AirPlay 2 and HomeKit to its 2019 TV lineup the company has confirmed. 

The news follows confirmation from others including Samsung earlier in the year and follows speculation as to whether LG would follow Samsung and add AirPlay 2. What many didn't expect however was that the Korean company would also add HomeKit support at the same time.

By doing so, it breaks away from Samsung's AirPlay 2 offering. Many have speculated that Samsung didn't announce HomeKit support because it  presumably wants to keep people within its SmartThings ecosystem instead. 

HomeKit support means you'll be able to control devices like thermostats that are within Apple's ecosystem. 

There was also no mention of older LG TVs being given the tech; Samsung's 2018 TVs were also included in its announcement, but it seems like it's 2019-only for LG. 

LG also said before CES 2019 that it would be adding Amazon's Alexa to its TVs alongside Google Assistant. It also announced the Z9 8K OLED TV in addition to other TVs, the W9, E9 and C9.

During its keynote LG also announced the awesome Signature OLED TV R rollable TV. Yes, it really does roll up

Writing by Dan Grabham.