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How to Sync Hue Lights with Netflix Movies

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Syncing your lights with movies is a great way to make the viewing of these more immersive and exciting, if you have Hue lights set up around your TV then this is how you can sync them to change color when watching movies on Netflix. 

How to Connect Hue Sync with Netflix

Using the Hue Sync box you can sync your Hue lights with what is happening on your Tv, be it gaming using a PS5, Xbox, DVD or via Apple TV, but also TV and Netflix.

To set up an entertainer area if you have not not already load the Hue app and go to Settings > Entertainment areas > Create entertainment area. Here you can add and position your lights in relation to your TV.

You use the Hue sync box to sync your lights with Netflix:

  1. Set up and plug in your Hue sync box to your screen.
  2. Set up the entertainment area using the Hue app.
  3. Load Netflix on a device, such as PS5, Amazon Firestick or Apple TV and hit play.
  4. Using the Hue Sync mobile app and tap the green “Start” button at the bottom of the screen
  5. Your lights will sync and adjust to Netflix

Can I sync my lights with the Netflix app on my TV?

Many smart TV’s have Netflix built in via an app, however this along with Amazon Prime will not work this way due to content protection, to allow this to work you must play it through a device that has a HDMI output to a TV such as a games console, TV box such as Apple TV or Amazon Fire TV Stick. 

Devices you could play Netflix through that work with Hue sync:

  • Apple TV
  • Google Chromecast
  • PlayStation
  • Xbox
  • Roku
  • Amazon’s Fire TV Stick
  • Laptop

Can I sync my lights with the Amazon Prime app on my TV?

No, the same applies to Amazon Prime as it does with Netflix smart TV apps, due to content protection it must be played through one of the above devices.

Syncing via a computer or laptop

If you have a computer or laptop you can play Netflix on that device and screen cast it to your TV using Google Chrome cast for example. 

If watching on your computer then you can just download the Hue Sync desktop app to your computer and sync your lights while watching it on this. This method does not require the Hue Sync box and works in the same way as the method above with the same output. 

Movies that look and work great with Hue Sync

Movies that look great when used with Hue Lights.

  • Animated movies
  • Rogue One
  • Into the Spiderverse
  • The Matrix
  • Transformers
  • Toy Story
  • Mad Max: Fury Road

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Mike is the founder of Hue Home Lighting, a huge Hue fan with far too many lights, covering home and garden. A smart home gadget addict and also enjoys the odd bit of DIY

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3 Comments

  1. Gordy

    what exactly was the point of that story? you just got me all excited about having Hue interface with Netflix, only to snatch it away again 😉

    Reply
  2. Joe

    I completely agree with Gordy.

    What’s the point of this article – I know it’s three-and-a-half years old but it still has NO value!

    Reply

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