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Syfy is bringing the classic 12 Monkeys science fiction thriller to TV in a new series that will provide an immersive lighting experience for iOS device owners with a Philips Hue lighting system. For the first time ever in a TV series, viewers will be able to sync their household lighting to the action within each episode of the Syfy original series.

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Syfy updated its iOS Sync app earlier this year with support for Philips Hue prior to the re-airing of Sharknado and the debut of Sharknado 2. The system requires users to install the Syfy Sync second screen app [Direct Link] to enable the feature.
Starting with the series premiere on Friday, January 16 at 9pm ET/PT, 12 Monkeys fans who pair the Syfy Sync app for phones and tablets with Philips Hue bulbs while watching the program will be treated to a specially designed "light track" - marrying the action on the screen to the lighting in your room - which will add a heightened engagement through a more immersive viewing experience. When combined, the app will detect audio cues from 12 Monkeys and translate them to the Web-enabled Hue system. Fans will then be enveloped in the onscreen action through ambient lighting effects designed to engage viewers in an entirely unique way.
Syfy will provide this immersive lighting in all 13 episodes of 12 Monkeys beginning in mid-January. The first episode will air Friday, January 16 at 9pm ET/PT.

Article Link: Syfy's Upcoming '12 Monkeys' TV Series to Integrate With Philips Hue Lighting System
 

TsMkLg068426

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Shame that SyFy has not Sci-Fi shows just bunch of dumb reality shows and flying sharks for people with a IQ of a peanut.
 

Miabifilms

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I want to sync my Nest to Frozen so it gets cold in the family room when I'm watching it. Just to say that I can.
 

Xenomorph

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Welp. I guess I better go out and buy a bunch of new light bulbs.

It's a shame to replace my CFL bulbs. I've been using the same ones for the past 8 years. The whole "not burning out" thing has been a treat.


So this is how light manufactures will get us to replace them? We have to keep upgrading them to get smarter lights?
 

juniormaj

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Shame that SyFy has not Sci-Fi shows just bunch of dumb reality shows and flying sharks for people with a IQ of a peanut.

While it has dumbed-down a bit from when it was the Sci-Fi Channel, they've still had some decent sci-fi shows mixed in with the wrestling, reality shows, and sharks.
Continuum, Warehouse 13, Helix, Defiance, Ascension, and some others.
Battlestar Galactica was before the name change, but it's still listed as a property on their web site.
Unfortunately, almost all specialized cable channels are going the way of the dodo. They all eventually bow to the pressure to generalize for lowest common denominator ratings.

I'm looking forward to trying out the Hue integration. I've got 4 of them in my TV room.
 

Glassed Silver

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This is the kind of thing that might get me to finally invest in these. I do wish they were cheaper though...

Indeed, the prices for them are obnoxious.
They are on sale sometimes, but only with very moderate discounts.

As soon as they seem reasonably priced there will be a new version of them.
Smart bulbs need more real competitions, which includes developers having access to/using competing products' APIs, because let's face it, Hue is great for the ecosystem, not just selecting from millions of light colors.

Glassed Silver:mac
 

PBG4 Dude

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Got the Hue starter pack for my birthday and a bulb for Christmas. I love these things! Being able to change the mood lighting is awesome! Hopefully I will continue to receive bulbs as presents. :D

I loved the 12 Monkeys movie so I'll definitely give the Hue tie-in a shot. :)
 

Gizmotoy

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Shame that SyFy has not Sci-Fi shows just bunch of dumb reality shows and flying sharks for people with a IQ of a peanut.

Actually, the head of the network has recently addressed this. He admitted they've conceded the hardcore Science Fiction stuff to other networks and will be pushing hard to get quality Sci-Fi programming in the near future.

http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/10/28/syfy/

I'm admittedly skeptical, but they seem to be serious about it.
 

Kissaragi

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Its almost like you're trying to hide something by refusing to discuss sales numbers... ;)

You caught me out! Anyone would think I was basing my comment on the fact it's a non essential, high priced item with a limited appeal and then using common sense. Of course in actual fact I have all the sales data for Philips hue and I'm just trying to hide it.
 

SandboxGeneral

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I hadn't planned on watching the new series, though I enjoyed the movie. I have a Hue set and because I do, I'll watch the first episode just to see how it works out.
 

ptb42

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Shame that SyFy has not Sci-Fi shows just bunch of dumb reality shows and flying sharks for people with a IQ of a peanut.

While I agree about the reality shows (although my wife really likes Face Off), Sharknado and Sharknado 2 were really funny -- "check your brain at the door" funny, but still amusing.

But, I appreciate parody and satire, at least when I recognize the target.
 

stevemiller

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I work for the type of company that would do this type of this type of thing (we've done 2 oculus rift installations). Admittedly I don't know much about this particular tech, but this particular use case just seems so gimmicky. I feel like the best way to immerse in something on tv is to simply turn the lights out, movie theatre style!

And I f you really wanted to get wacky, why not go for that kinect setup that actually projects a true expansion of the tv content onto the geometry around your tv? Illumiroom I think it was called.
 

Kissaragi

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I work for the type of company that would do this type of this type of thing (we've done 2 oculus rift installations). Admittedly I don't know much about this particular tech, but this particular use case just seems so gimmicky. I feel like the best way to immerse in something on tv is to simply turn the lights out, movie theatre style!

And I f you really wanted to get wacky, why not go for that kinect setup that actually projects a true expansion of the tv content onto the geometry around your tv? Illumiroom I think it was called.

Think all these things are a bit gimmicky but if it was a low subtle light I could see it adding slightly to the experience if you happen to own a hue system anyway. It wouldn't really factor into a decision for me to purchase them though.

Illumiroom or whatever it was called did look very cool, hope someone releases it one day.
 
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