The blog Toengel, which specialises in Philips TVs, published an interesting report yesterday: the new Philips TVs with the model year 2023 will only offer “normal” Ambilight integration across the board, while the popular Ambilight+Hue function will be dropped completely.
This was officially confirmed to me this morning by a spokesperson from Philips’ TV division. This means that with the new TVs, even with the expensive OLED top models, there will no longer be a direct option to have the Hue lamps in the living room light up to match the Ambilight.
The background: It’s not all Philips where it says Philips on it
You are probably asking yourselves: Why is Philips cancelling such a great function that connects two of its own products in such a simple way? Is it to boost sales of the Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box?
The basic problem, as I see it, is the fact that the Ambilight TVs and the Hue lights are developed and manufactured by two different companies. They both say Philips, but there are two manufacturers behind them: TPVision is responsible for the TVs, Signify for the lamps.
In the past, there have always been problems and functions that were not fully implemented, for example, Gradient products were not fully supported by the Ambilight TVs. In addition, from my point of view, many possibilities have been left unused. How great would it have been, for example, if you could have controlled the Ambilight LEDs of a switched-off TV via the Hue app?
In the end, the whole Ambilight+Hue thing simply involved two manufacturers who couldn’t or didn’t want to pull together properly.