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Talks 'nearly finalized' for AirPlay 2 compatibility on Roku streamers

Apple and Roku are reportedly on the verge of completing negotiations for AirPlay 2 support, which could greatly expand the platform's reach.

The two companies are allegedly sorting out a launch date and marketing. Still uncertain at this point is which first-party Roku products will be supported, though it's probable the demands of AirPlay 2 could limit it to the most recent generation.

The technology should, however, show up on Roku-based TVs from vendors like TCL, Sharp, Hisense, Hitachi, Sanyo, and RCA, MacRumors said, citing an anonymous source.

Roku's products have long supported Google Cast, which is functionally similar to AirPlay.

Rumors that Roku was gunning for AirPlay 2 compatibility began in February, roughly a month after Vizio, LG, Samsung, and Sony announced plans for their TVs. In some cases though only the latest sets from those brands are getting the technology, which could make Roku streamers the next best solution if people aren't willing to spend a minimum of $149 on an Apple TV or $179 on an Apple TV 4K.

AirPlay 2 compatibility lets people push audio, video, and photos from Apple devices to their TVs. Users can also control power and inputs via the Apple Home app, and ask Siri to launch content through commands like "Play 'Stairway to Heaven' in the Living Room."