Signify has announced a new way to sync your Philips Hue lights with your TV with the new Hue Play HDMI Sync Box.
As the name implies, the Hue Play HDMI Sync Box lets you connect an HDMI-enabled device like a streaming device, game console, Blu-ray or DVD play or even your laptop and have your Hue lights react to what’s on-screen.
Think of the Hue Play HDMI Sync Box as a more streamlined alternative to using your computer with the Hue Sync app.
“People love to escape the pressures of everyday life by getting lost in their entertainment. 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 colour-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,” says Jasper Vervoort, Business Leader, Home Systems & Luminaires, Philips Hue at Signify.
The box has four HDMI 2.0b ports with support for 4K 60Hz, CEC and HDR10, unfortunately, there is no support for Dolby Vision or HDR10+.
Controlling the Hue Play HDMI Sync Box is done through the Phillips Hue app on Android or iOS, so you can set up your Hue entertainment layout.
You will need a Hue Bridge to use the Hue Play HDMI Sync Box if you don’t have one already (so it can talk to all your Hue lights).
The Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box is set to launch on October 15th for $229 USD (€249.95 incl. VAT) in the US, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg and Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland.
You can pre-order the Hue Play HDMI Sync Box now from the company’s site.
Signify has confirmed that the Hue Play HDMI Sync Box will launch in Canada and more countries in early 2020. It will retail for $299 CAD.