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

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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5 weeks ago
$229 dollars!?!?!?
Are you serious? And doesn’t support HDR10+ or Dolby Vision? Pass
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5 weeks ago

$229 dollars!?!?!?
Are you serious? And doesn’t support HDR10+ or Dolby Vision? Pass



$229 is ridiculous.

$59...absolutely. $79...sure. $99, yeah I suppose.

$229??? No way.
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5 weeks ago
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.
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5 weeks ago

"The device supports 4K 60Hz and HDR10 at launch, but it doesn’t support HDR10+ or Dolby Vision, two key standards for higher picture quality." -The Verge ('https://www.theverge.com/2019/9/17/20864953/tv-light-sync-box-philips-hue-play-hdmi-passthrough-4k')


That's a huge omission. The kind of folks that would spend $500+ (this box plus a couple of lights) on active bias lighting are the same folks that care about HDR10 and DV.
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5 weeks ago
Wanted this for ages too, for running Zwift on Apple TV, but the price is absolutely stupid. Hope a competitor comes out next year for a more reasonably priced version.
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5 weeks ago
Soooooo pre ordering this as soon as its live. Looks awesome!
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5 weeks ago
This is what I have been waiting for! Oh yeah!
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5 weeks ago
"The device supports 4K 60Hz and HDR10 at launch, but it doesn’t support HDR10+ or Dolby Vision, two key standards for higher picture quality." -The Verge ('https://www.theverge.com/2019/9/17/20864953/tv-light-sync-box-philips-hue-play-hdmi-passthrough-4k')
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5 weeks ago

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.


Yes, it's a little annoying. The brand is still Philips and Philips Hue. Signify is the parent company and isn't really consumer-facing.

It's like saying Kelloggs have released a new flavour of Pringles. It might technically be true, but its needlessly confusing.
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4 weeks ago

Confirmed not available in The UK until the first half of 2020. Looks like a standard 24V power adaptor, so I will be looking to pick one up on holiday in the USA later this year and changing the plug.


Judging from the pack contents images it looks to use the same cable and multi-cable-capable' power plug as the Play light bars so if you have these it looks like the HDMI box power cable can plug into your existing power plug (I think each Play power supply can link to 3 cables). I would prefer if it was USB powered, but at least Philips is thinking about reducing the need for multiple mains plugs.
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