Sync (Entertainment) on your phone or Android TV

Hi Robert,
is there a special recommended hardware setup with Lifx-stripes?
I just bought 6m of stripes to install on my 85" Sony Android TV and I’m wondering if I need to start in a special corner or if everything is freely configurable.
Cannot test yet, since I just joined the Beta and am still on latest official version :wink:

First of all great app keep up the good work, i downloaded it on my android sony tv and the sync works very well with the interface and with youtube but not with netflix or amazon prime app. O and I’m premium. When i start netflix or Amazon prime the lights shutdown, i hope that this issue will be fixed in a later update. I also tried the latest beta on Android tv but the interface of the app wasn’t that good for the tv and i had to reinstall the app because i couldn’t find the app button so i reinstall the latest version of de app store.

Hi @Yves,

you can start the light strip everywhere you would like, it does not matter which corner you start. If you would like an example, please see the following:

The beta is available for everyone now (sign up for testing on Google Play) so you should be able to download it.

Let me know if you have any feedback or questions.


I just installed the stripes to the TV and tested a little bit.
With demo videos from YouTube everything works good, but if I watch a movie the lights are pretty “hectic”.
I also have the impression that the colours are “grabbed” too much towards the middle of the screen, if you know what I mean😁
Would be great if you manage to grab more towards the frame of the screen and smoothen everything a bit.

But great work for a Beta version - this has a lot of potential :+1:

Next step would be to find some Android TV Box with HDMI passthrough to build a “Hue Sync Box” alternative🥳

Please keep up the great work :+1::+1::+1:

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3 posts were split to a new topic: Automatically start/stop Sync on Android TV

Hue Essentials states clearly in the first post, and all documentation about sync, that the app does not work with DRM (copyright protected) content such as netflix and amazon prime.

This is also true with the official philips hue sync box, and the official philips hue sync PC software.

Copyright protected content cannot be “read” for image information

from the first post above…

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I have purchased the app first and then redeemed the payment. For me (using it on the Android TV) is almost useless. There are two major points:

  • As mentioned in the article above, without Netflix and co. it reduces it to Youtube :slight_smile: (hue sync box can do it so… find a way $$)
  • Second using the gradient strip from Philips works, BUT guys your algorithm for the color recognition is BAD
    Try the youtube video with hue test, detect the colors on the edge not on the center. Or whatsoever.
    If those issues are solved I would be ready to pay much more for the app.
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I purchased the premium package to run Sync on my Hue play devices from Sony A8 Android TV. However, I am unable to see any options to add new devices under Sync. Is there a delay expected from purchase of premium to activation of Sync?
I am using version 1.14.6.

Hi @Basudev_Chakraborty, you first need to create an entertainment area on your phone. After that you can use that entertainment area on your TV. See for more information: Gray screen with sync?
Let me know if you have any questions.

Hi @Thomas Thanks a lot for the tip, it works perfectly now :slight_smile:

Is it possible for this to work with devices connected to hdmi ports (i.e. consoles etc) and/or regular tv channels on android tv or is this mainly for apps?

no. Inputs require hue sync box

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read top of page, clearly states that it does not support HDCP protected content from Netflix. (yet)
continue reading… they are working on it, with several possible ways of doing it.
RTFM before you buy next time.

Hue Box desktop app the same limitation at launch… doesnt now…

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Hi guys. Just grabbed Hue Essentials sync.

One issue I’m finding is that with 4K HDR 10 bit content (via Plex) I’m getting the movement of the lights, but no colours.

Is this something that can be fixed or a limitation in the software? Just checking so I know whether I need to buy the Hue Sync Box.

Great work giving consumers options though!

I do not read manuals. If I do need to read a manual then I bought something wrong. And I wrote about the limitation in my post. They will never get around the DRM. If there is a way everyone would known about it. Until then, you kiddies can continue to play with your lightning effects on the TV…

Very interesting product. So it looks like you guys are already working on a solution for protected content like the one from Netflix and Amazon. Collaboration isn’t an option? Maybe they come up with a very nice idea. The might can give your specific app the permission to access their content.

And will there also be a solution to activate the sync on external sources like an uhd player?


The software works quite well. It would be great if the colors were picked up from the edge rather than the center of the picture. My 3 Playbars work very well on the side, but the top one shows the colors from the middle rather than from the top.

Thanks for your great job.

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this software is developed by one talented (but young) individual still in school.
Netflix has no reason to collaborate with any one person…

Also the “protected content” is “copyright protected”. Its protected from being scanned / duplicated / read by non protected devices software, ect.

Netflix opening up a way to read the image for this software to get color info would open the ability to copy the content. They would never do that.

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