Philips had already announced an update for the HDMI Hue Sync Box in 2019. The update is now scheduled for summer and will make Dynamic HDR-format with a color depth of up to 12 Bits and Mastering of up to 10,000 Nits and License-free, dynamic HDR-format in competition with Dolby Vision possible for those who use the box as an Ambilight alternative.
New features of the Philips HDMI Hue Sync Box
After the Philips HDMI Hue Sync Box so far only supported High Dynamic Range - image/video with more dynamic range (contrast range), Philips announced a feature that many users have been missing: From the update´s release in summer 2020 onwards, the box will also support Dolby Vision and HDR10+. In addition, the box is compatible with universal remote controls and can additionally be controlled via the voice assistants Alexa, Siri and Google assistant.
Easy to handle
Remote controls can be configured using the Hue app after the update is installed. This should make it possible to operate the box with a universal remote control. However, if desired, commands such as switching the Sync Box on and off, changing the light settings and switching between different HDMI devices can also be transmitted using language assistants. The Dutch-Chinese manufacturer is thus expanding the Sync Box with features that make it even easier to combine it with technical devices that are already part of the user´s home set-up.
Update for the Hue-App already in 2019
Philips released an update for the Hue app in 2019. It is now possible to configure accessories to control individual zones. While previously only individual rooms could be operated as a group, smaller or even larger zones can now be set up. These can contain several rooms or just a group of a few lamps. This function allows a more differentiated use of Hue home lighting and most likely is of particular interest to fans of smart home technology.
When will the update for the Philips Sync Box be available?
The update was announced as early as 2019, but after it was postponed to April 2020, users will now probably have to wait for summer 2020. The exact release date is not yet known, but more information can be expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
Update: Due to the new developments regarding the topic, we will be updating our article on retrofitting Ambilight in the next few days. For more information please have a look again soon!
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