Movies & TV Home Movie Screening Gets Cinematic Boost

Home Movie Screening Gets Cinematic Boost


- Advertisement -

Signify the world leader in lighting, and makers of Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box, has conducted research on the latest movie watching trends and the nation’s favourite blockbusters. With the latest developments in surround lighting and sound, the most epic films can now be enjoyed at home with immersive cinematic effects.

A study of 2,000 movie fans revealed the 40 films which disappointed at home, with Star Wars, Titanic and Jurassic Park topping the list of blockbuster movies which lose their magic on the ‘small screen’.

The research found that a quarter of respondents prefer watching films at home, compared to 15% who would opt to go to the cinema. Those who prefer their sofa to a cinema seat stated being able to pause the film when you want, a comfy sofa to snuggle into and always being able to have snacks to hand as key reasons they prefer staying in. And seven in 10 agreed there are plenty of great films out there to enjoy which aren’t available in the cinemas.

Andy Baxter, Philips Hue Product Manager said: “The research tells us people are watching and streaming more film than ever from the comfort of their own homes, with the trend towards bigger, smarter TVs and the ability to personalise the experience, set to continue.”

More than one in four agreed that being able to watch multiple films in one sitting is another bonus to watching movies at home, and a third said you have the luxury of more choice.

It also emerged that 57% will get irritated by other movie fans talking in a cinema screening, and 43% said the cinema experience is ruined by the adverts seeming to go on ‘forever’.

Just under 50% of the survey respondents like the amazing sound systems at the cinema, while 42% like to feel immersed in the film.

“While light has long been used to enhance our entertainment experience at the cinema, until now it’s been difficult to recreate the same effects at home, so we’ve developed surround lighting. Smart lights that sync to the content on your TV screen – which you can control from subtle to intense, creating the ultimate interactive entertainment experience increasing the overall enjoyment of what is happening on the screen.”

Andy Baxter continued: “With today’s 4K TVs and 3D sound commonplace, if you’re looking to create a true cinematic experience in your home, it’s time to upgrade your entertainment centre and that includes the lighting. First you need to get the lighting right and smart dimmable lights are a must to set the atmosphere. The new Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box tech takes this to another level for maximum impact.”

The average consumer today watches five films per month at home, as opposed to an average of just one film at the cinema. With half of respondents sharing they wish to have watched more films, creating a cosy atmosphere for a movie night in is key.

The most popular genres to watch are thrillers with 54% of respondents saying it’s their favourite, followed by comedy (51%), drama (49%), action (47%), crime (43%).

Andy Baxter, Philips Hue added: “People love to escape the pressures of everyday life. The Sync Box takes movie- and TV-watching, listening and gaming experiences to a completely new level. Enhance the suspense in your thriller, add colour to your comedy and you will see the colour capable Philips Hue lights make explosions come to life at home.”

Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box is the latest development by Philips Hue, enabling you to create immersive media experiences from your living room – whether using a streaming device, satellite and cable set top box, game console, DVD player, laptop, or TV.


  1. Star Wars
  2. Titanic
  3. Jurassic Park
  4. Harry Potter
  5. The Matrix
  6. Lord of the Rings
  7. Avatar
  8. Saving Private Ryan
  9. Indiana Jones
  10. Dunkirk
  11. Jaws
  12. Gladiator
  13. Pirates of the Caribbean
  14. Terminator 2: Judgment Day
  15. Die Hard
  16. Alien
  17. Pearl Harbour
  18. Skyfall
  19. Gravity
  20. The Hunger Games
  21. The Dark Knight
  22. Toy Story
  23. The Avengers
  24. Guardians of the Galaxy
  25. Apollo 13
  26. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  27. The Shining
  28. Braveheart
  29. Frozen
  30. Gone with the Wind
  31. ET
  32. Fast and Furious
  33. La La Land
  34. Beauty and the Beast
  35. Casino Royale
  36. Transformers
  37. Inception
  38. Mad Max: Fury Road
  39. Joker
  40. The Exorcist

Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box: Pricing and availability

The Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box is available to purchase on Available from £229.99.

For more information on Philips Hue products and how smart lights can help you create the ultimate cinematic experience, visit

Andrew Edney
I am the owner and editor of this site. I have been interested in gadgets and tech since I was a little kid. I have also written a number of books on various tech subjects. I also blog for The Huffington Post and for FHM. And I am honoured to be a Microsoft MVP since January 2008 - again this year as an Xbox MVP.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Stay connected



Review: Remothered: Broken Porcelain

It's appropriate that a game about a young woman trying to survive in a mad world is released at the same time that the...

Review: Crystal Palace iPhone 12 Pro Max Case from gear4

If you recently purchased an iPhone 12 Pro Max, you will want to protect it. Here is our review of the Crystal Palace iPhone 12 Pro Max Case from gear4.

Review: Zepp E Smartwatch

It's time to review the Zepp E Smartwatch.

Review: Foregone

It's not too often that a game like Foregone comes along that makes you appreciate how far the industry has come. Whilst Foregone could...

Review: Paw Patrol Dino Rescue Chase Deluxe Vehicle

With the new range of Paw Patrol Dino Rescue toys just released, we take a look at Chase and his Deluxe Vehicle from SpinMaster.

Review: Paw Patrol Dino Rescue Skye Deluxe Vehicle

With the new range of Paw Patrol Dino Rescue toys just released, we take a look at Skye and her Deluxe Vehicle from SpinMaster.

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you