New Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box Lets You Sync Your Lights to Your Apple TV

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Signify today announced a new device for its Philip Hue line of lights, debuting the Hue Play HDMI Sync Box, designed to allow Hue users to sync their lights to their home entertainment systems.

The Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box is designed to connect between a television set and HDMI devices like the Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, video game consoles, and Blu-Ray players with the purpose of syncing lights with TV shows, movies, games, and music.


Signify says the box will work with any HDMI device that you have to take your content "to the next level with surround lighting." You can connect up to four HDMI devices to the Sync Box, and swap between them as needed when watching TV, gaming, and more.

The Sync Box is able to automatically switch between each device depending on which one is in use, so there's no need to worry about fiddling with settings every time you use a different device.


The Sync Box is compatible with all color-capable Philips Hue light bulbs, fixtures, and light bars that are paired to a Hue bridge. Up to 10 color-capable lights can be synced to whatever content is being played.
"People love to escape the pressures of everyday life by getting lost in their entertainment," said Jasper Vervoort, Business Leader, Home Systems & Luminaires, Philips Hue at Signify. "We are proud to present the new Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box and give them a simple way to make that possible. Philips Hue users can now easily connect the color-capable lights in their room with their home entertainment systems, taking their movie- and TV-watching, listening and gaming experience to a completely new level."
There is a dedicated Philips Hue Mobile Sync app that works with the Sync Box, allowing users to control and personalize the lighting experience. Brightness, speed, and intensity of the lighting effects can all be tweaked, and there are options to configure the default settings to better suit your needs.


You can get the Philips Hue Play Sync Box for $229.99 starting in October, but it is available for pre-order from the Hue website today.

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Daku93

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Only on MacRumors have I heard Philips products continually referred to as by "Signify" is this an American thing? Philips is a pretty big brand over here in the UK, we just call these Philips products.
Signify bought the Philips Hue brand from Philips.
Signify are the ones who make Philips Hue Lights. They split from Philips some time ago
 

BeachDuc

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Great for external HDMI sources, but what about the smart TV apps? I’m guessing this won’t work as there is no way to sample those images. You’d also be out of luck if you use multiple devices but have different TV pictures settings for each, as they would all share one HDMI input between this box and your TV. This probably only matters for games consoles, as you’d want the less lag ‘game’ mode on your TV. I wander if this device introduces any lag?
 

Sir Ruben

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Yeah...no, sadly. If it doesn't support HDR10+ or Dolby Vision then its no use to me. All my gear is Dobly Vision and Atmos supported so I don't want this flakey box of tricks cancelling out major capabilities of my tech just to flash lights on and off. Oh well.
 
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gigatoaster

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YAY I’ve been waiting for it for so long! I hope it can listen to the music and change lights on the tempo. And I hope it will work with Infuse.
[doublepost=1568730100][/doublepost]Ah nooo!! Now that I read the news, saw the price & not compatible with HDR, grrr
 

jermwhl

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I'm curious about the privacy agreement on this. What is Philips collecting while the video is essentially only a pass-thru device. I would hope with such a "premium" price tag, zero data is being collected, but you just never know anymore.
 

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The omission of HDR10+ and Dolby Vision is definitely a problem. I am using a Sony ES receiver (which does support HDR10+, Dolby Vision, and Dolby Atmos) -- I'm wondering if I can connect this box to the SECOND HDMI output on the receiver and let it do its thing, while the first HDMI output goes off to the TV without the signal being messed up.
 

ConnorCDM

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Im so excited for this. Wish it didnt have so many HDMI ports to reduce cost. And truthfully if you cared that much about Dolby Vision you would have a receiver with multiple HDMI outputs and wouldn't rely on the Passthrough.
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The omission of HDR10+ and Dolby Vision is definitely a problem. I am using a Sony ES receiver (which does support HDR10+, Dolby Vision, and Dolby Atmos) -- I'm wondering if I can connect this box to the SECOND HDMI output on the receiver and let it do its thing, while the first HDMI output goes off to the TV without the signal being messed up.
This is what I plan on doing. Also reduces the chance of video lag.