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.
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