Use the Hue Sync mobile app and the Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box to get lights that dance, flash, dim, and brighten with the content on your TV screen. Sync your on-screen TV content to your Philips Hue smart lights for a fast, seamless display of colorful light that responds to and reflects what you watch or listen to.
SYNC PHILIPS HUE LIGHTS WITH YOUR HOME THEATER
You’ve heard of surround sound, but have you heard of surround lighting? Expand your home theater to include your smart lights, which respond to the content on your TV screen.
PERSONALIZE YOUR EXPERIENCE
Use in-app controls and settings to make your entertainment experience your own. Customize sync settings by controlling the brightness and speed of the light effects.
CHOOSE YOUR SYNC MODE
Switch between video, game, and audio modes with the touch of a button. Choose light settings in each mode to tailor your entertainment experience even more.
POWER ON AUTOMATICALLY
Use the Hue Sync mobile app to set your sync box to come on automatically — or even switch input modes — when it detects that your connected HDMI device powers on.
ADD UP TO 10 LIGHTS
Create an Entertainment area in the original Hue app to sync up to 10 color-capable Philips Hue lights with the content on your TV screen.
CONNECT UP TO 4 HDMI DEVICES
The Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box has four HDMI inputs, allowing you to connect multiple media devices, such as gaming consoles and streaming devices, to your Hue smart lighting setup.
HUE BRIDGE REQUIRED
The Philips Hue Bridge acts as the middleman between your lights, the Hue Sync mobile app, and the sync box, allowing you to sync your smart lights with your TV screen for surround lighting. The sync box requires the Hue Bridge V2.
GET AN IMMERSIVE ENTERTAINMENT EXPERIENCE
Watch movies and play video games like never before with the Hue Sync mobile app and the Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box. Learn more about the sync box at www.meethue.com/syncbox.
To ensure your Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box is always up to date, this update introduces automatic updates. You can adjust this setting in Settings > Sync boxes.
Ratings and Reviews
Decent, but needs some improvement
Edit: thanks to the developer for a quick response on how to make lights power down automatically - I’ll give it a try, and update this review based on results (my initial reaction is that the need to use two different apps to get things working correctly feels rather convoluted, and was definitely non obvious)
I’m thrilled to have my entertainment area automatically controlled by simply splicing in the sync box in the HDMI between my receiver and my TV. The previous solution of running sync software on a PC was only good for gaming - this is much more broadly applicable and seamless.
But, there are some growing pains. The sync box fails to ever turn off the entertainment area lights when it stops receiving a signal. It automatically powers up and syncs fine when a signal initiates, why can’t it likewise power off the lights?
Another issue is the responsiveness - at anything other than the “Extreme” setting, there is a pretty noticeable lag in the lights adjusting to what is on the screen. Extreme appears to be more responsive, but I also had to dial back the brightness in this mode.
Developer Response ,
Hi there BaroqueCycle, thanks for providing us with your valuable feedback. Let's see, if you want to turn the lights in the entertainment area off, or set them to a specific scene, you can use the Hue app to configure this. If you go to Settings > Entertainment area, and select the Entertainment area, you can set the behavior when sync stops. We hope this helps you further, if you have more questions you can contact us anytime at Facebook (http://m.me/HuePhilips) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/tweethue).
Great Idea Spoiled By Implementation Issues
I’ve been waiting for the ability to use Hue Sync with my AppleTV and this product is so close... unfortunately my attempts to get this to work have been unsuccessful due to constant connection issues between the bridge and sync box. My guess is the sync box doesn’t play well with dual-band mesh networks like eero, but that’s not acceptable in 2019.
The potential is definitely there... I’ve painstakingly watched a few “showcase” clips (requiring a lot of pauses while waiting for the boxes to reconnect). Hopefully the support team is able to iron out the bugs so this can reach its full potential (before I have to return it).
Developer Response ,
Hi Nate! Thank you for your feedback and sharing your experience with us. We'll be happy to have a look at the issue if you reach out to us via Facebook http://m.me/HuePhilips or Twitter https://twitter.com/tweethue.
The Hue Sync disconnects from the HDMI sync box 20 seconds after the lights start syncing. I cannot change modes or intensity. The only way to stop the lights from syncing is to open the Hue app and select the stop syncing button from that app. I can then open up the Hue Sync app again and change the mode and intensity level.
Developer Response ,
Hi MicroGuy03, we appreciate your review on this. We would like to provide you with assistance on this one. Can you please contact us on Facebook (http://m.me/HuePhilips) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/tweethue), and provide us with an extensive summary of the problems that you are encountering? We are determined to get everything up and running as soon as possible for you.
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