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I have 14 color lights (a ton of high ceiling can lights, corner lamp and TV lights) as well as the tv light strip. Using the Hue Sync app, entertainment areas are limited to 10 lights. Sucks. I have lights that are just not used often.
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its official. hue users are more retarded than the simple "u got more money than sense" crowd. congrats on being the best at something.
Why are you even in this thread?
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so...…. pretty much you have to add a $40 splitter if you want dolby vision? LAME..... I want to bite but not if it doesn't support DV
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I also use hue stream for hdr10 movies from plex. I haven't tried the camera app for dv content or Netflix. But sync box not being able to do DV kills it for Netflix. Maybe I will give that a shot. I understand the box needs to look at the video data but if a free app can do it or a camera app can somewhat do it, I feel $180 is way too much for the box. I can maybe accept $100. So many better things to buy for $180. They really need better competition. I can justify $100 for 2 lights, hub, and $50 gift card. The gift card from the play lights can be better spent than on the sync box. Haven't tried nvidia game streaming but I believe hue play app worked when I games with connected pc
The DV and HDR+ data stream needs HDMI 2.0 to have enough bandwidth. When you have a splitter/matrix like the Hue Sync Box it doesnt just output 4k/uhd it outputs and accepts 1080p because of this, the input will accept 4k signal and will down have the option of down converting to 1080p and vice-versa. As such if it accepts a 4k DV signal it needs to have the software and hardware capable of LIVE conversion to remove the DV stream. Meaning it needs to turn a 2.0 HDMI signal into HDMI 1.4.

I am unsure if folks are truly getting DV to work, but if they are they are, they somehow forcing the sync box to NOT convert/transcode and that's seemingly against how it was designed. Which makes sense since it was designed to automatically provide a stable experience with any combination of 1080p and 4k content.

The reason the Hue Stream app works is the software tapping into the export API of the Android TV OS. This is also why it adheres to anti piracy protocols and wont work on Streaming services. Essentially, streaming services work with HDCP so that you cant plug the HDMi directly into a recording device and pirate 1:1 everything outputed. The Sync Box has paid the licensing to act as a middleman and absorb the HDMI data stream.

TL: DR, Hue Sync Box needs to be as user friendly as possible while adhering to anti-piracy protocols. It would need to cost even more to do Dolby Vision consistently for hardware and software reasons.
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The DV and HDR+ data stream needs HDMI 2.0 to have enough bandwidth. When you have a splitter/matrix like the Hue Sync Box it doesnt just output 4k/uhd it outputs and accepts 1080p because of this, the input will accept 4k signal and will down have the option of down converting to 1080p and vice-versa. As such if it accepts a 4k DV signal it needs to have the software and hardware capable of LIVE conversion to remove the DV stream. Meaning it needs to turn a 2.0 HDMI signal into HDMI 1.4.

I am unsure if folks are truly getting DV to work, but if they are they are, they somehow forcing the sync box to NOT convert/transcode and that's seemingly against how it was designed. Which makes sense since it was designed to automatically provide a stable experience with any combination of 1080p and 4k content.

The reason the Hue Stream app works is the software tapping into the export API of the Android TV OS. This is also why it adheres to anti piracy protocols and wont work on Streaming services. Essentially, streaming services work with HDCP so that you cant plug the HDMi directly into a recording device and pirate 1:1 everything outputed. The Sync Box has paid the licensing to act as a middleman and absorb the HDMI data stream.

TL: DR, Hue Sync Box needs to be as user friendly as possible while adhering to anti-piracy protocols. It would need to cost even more to do Dolby Vision consistently for hardware and software reasons.
I just got off messenger with phillips. basically if the output is DV the box would simply just be a pass through switch. I assume the work around to this is to set inputed device to output HDR only/ covert DV to HDR. or.... phil/signify pays the DV license which they stated they couldn't comment if that would be a future firmware update.
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There is an app that does the same thing. Point the camera of your tablet or phone at the tv and it changes your hue to match. Think it was free.
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Where are all the hue play deals? I want to try it first to know whether I like it before the return period ends. I don't feel like paying full price for them when they are recently $100 with a $50 gift card...😭
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Where are all the hue play deals? I want to try it first to know whether I like it before the return period ends. I don't feel like paying full price for them when they are recently $100 with a $50 gift card...😭
Why didn't you jump on the deal then?
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best to use this box with AVR. all you need to do is connect it to your AVR Monitor2 and your HDMI end will be on HDMI1

everything will work. no DRM issue here
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best to use this box with AVR. all you need to do is connect it to your AVR Monitor2 and your HDMI end will be on HDMI1

everything will work. no DRM issue here
Agreed, but there can be some trade offs. My receiver (Sony STR-DN1080) will allow dual HDMI output, but if you use both it limits the output to HDR10 only. If you are only using a single HDMI, it can output in Dolby Vision. I have a samsung TV so HDR10 is my limit so it doesn't effect me, but it's just something to keep in mind.
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Agreed, but there can be some trade offs. My receiver (Sony STR-DN1080) will allow dual HDMI output, but if you use both it limits the output to HDR10 only. If you are only using a single HDMI, it can output in Dolby Vision. I have a samsung TV so HDR10 is my limit so it doesn't effect me, but it's just something to keep in mind.
So how do you know that it can input DV if your TV can input only HDR? Im interested on your single HDMI set how you placed them on AVR
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So how do you know that it can input DV if your TV can input only HDR? Im interested on your single HDMI set how you placed them on AVR
My receiver literature says that it can. If I only use one HDMI output it can do DV. If I use both HDMI outputs, it can only do HDR10 on each.
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My receiver literature says that it can. If I only use one HDMI output it can do DV. If I use both HDMI outputs, it can only do HDR10 on each.
Can you explain how you use only 1 HDMI output if you have AVR? Because if you use single HDMI how will the sound go out if you dont have HDMI assigned to AVR?
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I picked it up yesterday after combining several GCs from the hue light kit deal from back in December. This gave me another $50 GC and so I then bought the hue light strip.
It seems to work great and my kids think I'm cool now. Haven't tried it for gaming yet but the movie experience is pretty unique as long as you tone down the lights a little.
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Back to $199 plus the gift card for my Best Buy members
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