When asked if TCL would be willing to work with Apple to add AirPlay 2 support to their smart TVs, a TCL spokesman told MacRumors that the company is "currently engaged in Roku", which has a software platform for smart TVs.
TCL's partnership with Roku does not necessarily prevent AirPlay 2 support, but no company is willing to promise it right now. A spokesman for Roku said "we have nothing to share with this now." We also asked Apple if it would be willing to work with TCL, but got no answer.
TCL describes itself as "America's fastest growing TV brand" and "third largest television producer in the world." The company has been able to gain market share in the US thanks to both the Roku integration and its generally cheaper range of smart TVs compared to Samsung and LG.
Roku OS for TCL TVs is the same software used on its standalone media player, enabling users to stream content from a wide range of services, including Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Amazon Prime Video, HBO NOW, Pandora and Spotify.
AirPlay 2 support would allow users to stream video, audio, photos and more directly from an iPhone, iPad or Mac to TCL smart TVs, with multi-room audio support. HomeKit also comes with many smart TVs, enabling users to control volume, playback and more with Siri or home app on an iPhone, iPad or Mac.
At least for now, but those who want the AirPlay 2 features on their TCL smart TV must consider alternatives from their competitors instead.