Syfy and Philips are partnering to provide a unique light show for Syfy’s new drama 12 Monkeys, based on the 1995 Universal Pictures film. Beginning with the series premiere on January 16, viewers who pair the Syfy Sync app for phones and tablets with Philips Hue bulbs while watching the program will see a specially designed “light track”, which marries the action on the screen to the lighting in the room. When combined, the app will detect audio cues from 12 Monkeys and translate them to the Web-enabled Hue system. It comes on the heels of this summer’s Sharknado 2, which enabled home viewers to sync their Philips Hue lighting system to accompany the soundtrack. With 12 Monkeys, audiences will get custom light tracks for a full 13 episodes.
“Syfy is consistently at the forefront of utilizing technology for transmedia storytelling. With Sharknado 2, our fan base whole-heartedly embraced the addition of Philips Hue to their viewing experience,” said Matthew Chiavelli, VP, Digital Media & Strategy. The gritty drama that 12 Monkeys delivers offers a perfect opportunity for us to extend this exceptional capability throughout the entire first season.”