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12 Monkeys television series will synchronize with Hue home lighting

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Syfy’s original series is the first with a 'light track' that adjusts room lighting to on-screen action

Owners of Philips Hue light bulbs will have the chance to experience something rather unique with the premiere of 12 Monkeys on Friday, January 16th. The Syfy original drama based upon the 1995 Terry Gilliam film will feature a "light track" that marries the action on the screen to the lighting in your room. Not just once, but for the entirety of the 13-episode season.

This isn’t the first collaboration between Syfy and Philips. Sharknado 2 also featured live synchronized Hue lighting when it premiered in July.

The transmedia lighting experience is controlled by the Syfy Sync app which connects to the Hue bridge and translates audio cues into web-enabled lighting commands. The result is room lighting that helps strike the right mood, with bulbs changing colors to better immerse the viewer in the on-screen action, akin to the effect achieved by those Philips-branded Ambilight televisions that always look neat but few people buy.