Those picking up a new Apple TV 4K today have a new feature to try out, so long as their TV supports it of course. That feature is ARC, allowing audio from a connected TV to be routed to speakers connected to an Apple TV.

Those speakers? HomePods, despite the fact the smart speakers have been discontinued for weeks.

The news came after a new Apple support document was spotted online, explaining how users can go about getting the feature up and running.

With HDMI ARC or eARC turned on, your Apple TV 4K (2nd generation) can receive high-quality audio from a supported TV and then play that audio through your HomePod speakers.

What makes ARC so great is the fact any source of audio will now be routed to the Apple TV and, in turn, HomePods. That will be great for those with game consoles and other sources of video, for example.

Apple recently discontinued the HomePod, although the HomePod mini remains. However, the HomePod mini doesn’t work with the Apple TV in the same way standard models did, something that is a real shame given the addition of ARC in the new Apple TV 4K.

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