Hueblog: Hue Sync Box: Update improves Harmony integration among other things

Hue Sync Box: Update improves Harmony integration among other things

Firmware update 1.5.3

On Thursday Philips Hue distributed an update for the Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box. The update to version 1.5.3 can now be downloaded to the device via the software update in the Hue Sync App.

Here first a look at the release notes:


  • Introduced native support for Harmony remotes
  • Introduced a Wi-Fi status screen in the Hue Sync mobile app
  • Improved letterboxing detection
  • Improved automatic updates
  • Fixed a crash related to mDNS
  • General IR improvements
  • Changed the default Hue sync box name to “Sync Box”
  • Changed the LED indicator’s behavior while lights are dimmed
  • In cases of multiple Wi-Fi access points, the Hue sync box will now connect to the strongest access point

The introduction of native support for the Harmony remote is certainly interesting, although unfortunately I can’t yet say exactly how this will manifest itself in practice. But I almost assume that you don’t have to create all commands in the sync app manually anymore, but that everything works automatically after you have activated the Harmony skill. To do this you have to enter the manufacturer “Harmony Pro” and the device name “HDMI Sync Box” in the device search in the Harmony app, which will then lead you to the device “HARMONY PRO PLAY HDMI SYNC BOX”.


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