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.
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.
After I moved a little more than two years ago and the distance from the sofa to the television set increased by about one and a half meters, I quickly realized: My previous 55 inch TV is simply too small. For years I have been using an Ambilight TV and have always been very satisfied – even if it was from the 2010 or 2011 model year and the connection to the Hue system was not really comfortable.