Actually, it sounds pretty great: you can easily expand the Ambilight of your Philips TV with Philips Hue light sources. You don’t even need the Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box to do this, instead you just click through the TV menu a bit and you’re ready to go.
What sounds so simple, however, currently seems to be causing big problems again. Not only in the social networks, but also in my email inbox, an increasing number of messages from affected users are coming in. This time, however, it is not about small delays or errors in colour reproduction, but about the complete connection between the Philips TV and the Philips Hue lamps.
Is a new firmware for the Hue Bridge causing problems?
Now comes a guess on my part: Philips Hue has made numerous changes to its API in recent weeks that are leading to the problems. For example, the developer of iConnectHue writes:
If you upgrade your Hue bridge firmware, you can’t use the Gradient Lightstrip’s individual segments, iConnectHue detects and informs now about this and will switch back to single colour mode (we will issue an update once Philips lets 3rd parties use the new API for the strip).
Now you would think that a company should be able to manage not to disrupt functionality elsewhere with an update. Unfortunately, Philips Hue and Philips TVs have nothing to do with each other. Our favourite light sources are developed by Signify, the TVs come from the company TPVision. And in the past, it has become clear that communication between the two manufacturers is not always smooth. For me, this is inexplicable, because an incredible number of possibilities remain unused.