The new Apple TV 4K lets you play any TV audio through a HomePod

Apple might have discontinued the original, full-size HomePod smart speaker, but the company is continuing to add new functionality to it. The latest one relies on you also buying the new, second-generation Apple TV 4K, however. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2021/5/21/22447590/apple-tv-4k-homepod-hdmi-arc-audio-support

You can buy Apple’s new $60 Siri remote a la carte for your old Apple TV, too

Apple has finally excised its much-maligned Apple TV remote with a new iteration that ditches the confusing touchpad for some good old-fashioned buttons. But you won’t need to shell out for Apple’s updated Apple TV 4K to get one. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2021/4/20/22394196/apple-tv-4k-new-siri-remote-sold-separately-price-buttons