TP Vision confirms to discontinue its Hue integration for Philips Ambilight televisions. Reason for the end of the cooperation is not given.
TP Vision has been offering the option of synchronizing Hue lamps with Ambilight modules on the televisions for several years now. Users can thus take the Ambilight experience to a higher level. However, the Chinese brand seems to be drawing a line this time, write Toengel and Hue Blog, who received confirmation from the television manufacturer. New TP Vision televisions with the Philips logo and Ambilight would lose Hue integration.
This already applies, for example, to the 77OLED808/12, which was recently released. Specifically, the Ambilight + Hue integration will be omitted from all Philips models from model year 2023, the site reports. The Chinese manufacturer currently offers one new model with Hue, the 55PML9507/12. This television appeared in the spring of 2023. The change may take effect specifically with the TVs that the brand will announce in the second half of the year, usually around IFA in Berlin.
Cause remains uncertain
Why TP Vision stops integrating Hue is unclear. Hue Blog, meanwhile, is taking a stab at the reason. Signify, the Dutch brand behind Philips Hue lamps, expects the Hue integration to disappear to boost sales of its Hue Play HDMI Sync Box. That module also lets you synchronize Hue lamps with your television, and of course generates extra income.
No Matter for Philips Hue lamps for the time being
Two independent companies
It also seems that TP Vision and Signify were not exactly waiting for a continuation of the collaboration. Although both companies carry products under the Philips brand name, they basically have nothing to do with each other.
That stumbling block now seems to have led to the end of integration. Purchasing the Hue Play HDMI Sync Box (or an older Philips model) is currently the only solution if you can’t afford to miss the feature. Is there already a Samsung TV in your living room? Before that, Signify previously launched a Hue app to synchronize Philips Hue lamps. That app does have a hefty price: 130 euros.