Apple TV to get IP Control via Crestron, Control4, Savant Remotes

Announced at WWDC 2018, Crestron, Control4 and Savant home automation systems will be able to control Apple TVs via IP in the new iOS 12; Dolby Atmos support comes to tvOS.

Apple TV to get IP Control via Crestron, Control4, Savant Remotes

Remote control via Crestron and other third-party home-automation systems will be available through a shortcut on Apple's Control Center in the forthcoming iOS 12, as announced at WWDC 2018.

Historically unfriendly to third-party integration, Apple TV will soon get IP control via Crestron, Control4 and Savant home-automation remotes. The announcement came today during Apple's WWDC 2018 conference.

Details are scarce right now, but Crestron released a brief statement that integrators will “soon be able to leverage the power of Apple TV, Siri, and HomeKit to enhance their clients’ lifestyles and user experience.”

The Crestron statement continues:

First, it will enable IP control of Apple TV, including voice commands via the TSR-310 touchscreen remote control. And second, it allows users to use Siri on their iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, or HomePod to control the Crestron devices in their home such as lights, shades and thermostats.

TV remote control — from both Apple and third-party remotes — will be added to the iOS Control Center, enabling simple control via shortcuts in the app.

Currently, Apple TV offers precious little integration with third-party home-automation systems. Developers have worked furiously over the past few years to reverse-engineer Apple TV for some modicum of control (e.g., the 2014 RTI hack and 2016 Crestron kludge). Crestron says of today's announcement: “This is MAJOR news.”

Also today, Apple announced Dolby Atmos support in iTunes, making the Apple TV app the only streaming player with support for both Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos.

CE Pro will continue to follow the iOS 12 news.

Related: Crestron Developer Reviews TSR-310 Remote: ‘Favorite Remote Yet’

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Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson