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.
Despite the high price, the Philips Hue HDMI Sync Box is very popular. Especially in the social media, I see installations with several Hue lights behind, under or next to the TV, particularly the Philips Hue Play Lightbar is very well suited for this purpose. But how is that in reality?
About four weeks after the big update with support for Dolby Vision, voice assistants and infrared remote controls, Signify is pushing another small update for the Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box via the Hue Sync App. You can now download version 1.11.0 of the app from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.