Philips Hue has announced its newest component designed to help bring smart lighting and special effects to your TV or gaming screen is now available in Canada. The Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box can now be ordered here.

Philips Hue HDMI Sync Box now available

The new HDMI Sync box connects directly to your TV and lets you connect up to four components and peripherals so you can personalize your Hue lighting experience and have it match what’s happening on your TV. Up to ten lights will be able to mimic the action on screen, creating a whole-room entertainment area.

Philips Hue HDMI Sync Box : What’s new?

Previously the Philips Hue Play light bar system was designed mainly for computer gaming, and could mimic the colours of the lights to what was happening on your screen. There was a way to hack this to get the lighting effects to play on your TV but it was a bit of a process (read about the Hue Play Light Bars and my hacks in this review). Now with the Hue HDMI Sync box, you can get the lights to adapt seamlessly to what’s happening on TV without the hacking, and without extra steps. You do still need a Philips Hue Bridge (to connect to your home’s Wi-Fi network) and Hue smart lights like the Philips Hue Play Bars.

Easier set up: no hacking!

Philips says the set up process has been dramatically scaled back. A simpler setup allows you to easily connect the Sync Box to your Hue Bridge and use your it immediately with any TV and any HDMI device. Also new are on-HDMI control buttons meaning you can control your entertainment experience and sync box any way you want—via the Hue Play app or on the device

Use Sync Box to control all your Philips Hue lights

The HDMI Sync Box is designed to get the Hue Play Bars, which are placed behind or beside your TV, to flash, morph and match the colours of the video picture, but using the Philips Hue app, you can rope in other Philips Hue Smart lights in your home too and they’ll also mimic these effects. For example, the Play Bars will light up the area around your TV, while any overhead bulbs will also adapt and change colours to the overall scene, as will any lamps or light strips too. Just imagine the scene of a major blockbuster action flick, and when a building explodes, your whole room lights up so you really feel immersed in the movie. It’s pretty cool.

We have a full review planned for the Philips Hue HDMI Sync box so you can see exactly how it works, how it integrates with your TV and if it is indeed easy to set up and use, not to mention if the effects are seamless.

Check back here on the Best Buy Blog to read that in the coming weeks.

Meantime, you can get your Philips Hue HDMI Sync Box at Best Buy.

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