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

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.


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18 months ago
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.
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18 months ago
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.
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18 months ago

do you have sales data on Hue sales?


Oh come on, its not exactly a mass market item. Its going to be a small percentage of the audience.
Rating: 10 Votes
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18 months ago
Thats actually really cool, shame only a few people will be able to use it
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18 months ago
Pretty cool idea. Shame I don't have cable or the hue.
Rating: 7 Votes
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18 months ago
Cool! It's purely for fun, but it sets a precedent for future integration with home lighting.
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18 months ago
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?
Rating: 5 Votes
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18 months ago

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.
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18 months ago

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.
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18 months ago

Very funny! Give it a few years and we won't be laughing though - TV-controlled lights, thermostat and wind generators, all for a more immersive experience.


Global warming has reached its highest this year. Your heating and lighting system will now switch off. Go to bed early. Contraceptive myst will now be sprayed. Inhale deeply. Save energy. Love from your government.

:)
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