Harmony experience with Philips Smart TVs

It's compatible with Harmony IR remotes

It's compatible with Harmony hub‑based products

Harmony and Philips Smart TV

Power on your TV, automatically set the correct inputs, and begin navigating your Philips Smart TV all with a single Harmony remote. You can also create unique Activities that launch directly into your favorite compatible video streaming app (e.g., Netflix).

If you have a Harmony hub‑based product, you can create a "Good Morning" Activity that automatically turns on your coffee maker and Philips Smart TV, setting it to your favorite news station each morning at designated time.


Setup


Set up your Philips Smart TV
Set up your Philips Smart TV and install the apps you'd like to use (e.g., Netflix, Hulu+, Plex).
Connect Harmony to Philips Smart TV
Once connected, you may use Harmony to control your Philips Smart TV and trigger Activities in which your Smart TV is included.

Add Philips Smart TV to a new Harmony account

Harmony hub‑based products

During the setup process Harmony will automatically scan your home network and search for any connected Philips Smart TV devices. Once found, Harmony will either automatically create a Watch Smart TV Activity or guide you through the process of creating one. If you wish to select a channel to launch each time the Activity begins, you may edit your Activity to select one.

If your Philips Smart TV is not detected, ensure it's powered on and connected to the same Wi‑Fi network as your Harmony hub.

Harmony IR based products

During the setup process, Harmony will ask you for the manufacturer and model numbers of your television, AV receiver and other devices. Enter manufacturer Philips and enter its specific model number. Harmony will then guide you through the creation of a Watch Smart TV Activity.




Add Philips Smart TV using the Harmony mobile app

Only Harmony Hub and Harmony hub‑based products have access to the Harmony mobile app.


  1. Launch the Harmony mobile app and connect to your Harmony hub.
  2. Select MENU, then Harmony Setup > Add/Edit Devices & Activities > DEVICES.
Harmony app select devices
  1. Select the ADD DEVICE button at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Select ENTERTAINMENT DEVICE and enter manufacturer Philips followed by your Smart TV model number.
  3. Once added, Harmony will prompt you to create an Activity. Select Yes.
  4. Continue through the series of questions to build your Watch Smart TV Activity.


Add Philips Smart TV using the MyHarmony desktop software

  1. Launch the MyHarmony desktop software and sign into your account.
  2. Select your Harmony product from the Remote Gallery screen.
  3. Select the Devices tab on the left side of the screen.

Harmony hub‑based products

  1. Select the Scan for devices button near the center of the page.

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  3. You will be prompted to connect your Harmony to your computer with the provided USB cable. Harmony will scan your home Wi‑Fi network for devices. Ensure both your Philips Smart TV and Harmony Hub are on the same Wi‑Fi network.

Harmony IR based products

  1. Select the Add device button.
  2. Enter the manufacturer Philips and enter your model number.

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Control

Using your Philips Smart TV

Below are some tips on using Harmony with your Philips Smart TV. Once you've added your TV to Harmony and setup is complete, we recommend setting up a Smart TV Activity.

  • To access the Philips Smart Apps, press the NETTV button on your Harmony's screen, or the Windows key on the Harmony Smart Keyboard.
  • To exit an app, press the Back button on the Harmony remote or Harmony Smart Keyboard.
  • To return to a previous screen from within an app, long press the Channel Previous button on the Harmony remote, or press the Back key on the Harmony Smart Keyboard.

    Harmony 600/650/700 remotes may have the previous command assigned to their screen. Learn how.
  • For auto power and/or auto input issues, disable CEC auto power and input switching.

Harmony hub‑based products

Harmony hub‑based products can control select Philips Smart TVs, and also add additional capabilities. Using the Harmony mobile app:

  • Control icon lists commonly used Philips Smart TV buttons.
  • Gestures allows you to control your Activity using simple swipe gestures over your phone screen. For example, swiping up/down will change your volume.
  • Favorites will display all your Philips Smart TV channels for easy switching.
  • Voiceand Text entry allows you to control your Philips Smart TV using your mobile device's keyboard and/or microphone.

Harmony IR based products

All Harmony remotes may navigate and control control select Philips Smart TVs.


Philips Smart TV app navigation

The following apps can controlled using your Harmony Remote.

Netflix

Direction Pad Navigation will navigate the Netflix app.

Media Keys such as Play, Pause, Stop, FastForward and Rewind commands work. Netflix allows you to move a frame forward or backward using the direction left and right arrows.

Text entry is not supported on Philips Smart TVs.

Hulu

Direction Pad Navigation will navigate the Hulu app.

Media Keys such as Play, Pause, Stop, FastForward and Rewind commands work.

Text entry is not supported on Philips Smart TVs.

YouTube

Direction Pad Navigation will navigate the YouTube app.

Media Keys such as Play, Pause, Stop, FastForward and Rewind commands work. YouTube allows you to navigate between videos using the Skip Forward and Skip Backwards commands.

Text entry is not supported on Philips Smart TVs.

Amazon

Direction Pad Navigation will navigate the Amazon app.

Media Keys such as Play, Pause, Stop, FastForward and Rewind commands work. Amazon allows you to move a frame forward or backward using the direction left and right arrows.

Text entry is not supported on Philips Smart TVs.

Plex

Direction Pad Navigation will navigate the Plex app.

Media Keys such as Play, Pause, Stop, FastForward and Rewind commands work. Plex allows you to move a frame forward or backward using the direction left and right arrows.

Text entry is not supported on Philips Smart TVs.

Browser

Direction Pad Navigation will navigate the Browser app.

Media Keys are not used within the Browser app.

Text entry is possible using Harmony Smart Keyboard or Harmony app.

Mouse/Cursor control is possible using Harmony Smart Keyboard.

Other apps

The behavior of other apps may vary depending on its design.

Customize


Adjust the physical buttons on your remote

Harmony has already optimized the buttons on your remote; however you can further customize these buttons depending on your preference.

Add, remove or rename commands on your remotes screen

Harmony automatically imports your Philips Smart TV channels and displays them under the favorites section on your Harmony remote. Commands specific to your Watch Smart TV Activity are also displayed for which you can add, remove or rename them.

Customize Harmony mobile app buttons

You can view common Philips Smart TV commands on your phone or tablet screen. You can add, remove or rearrange these commands.

Set your own swipe gestures

By default, swiping up or down on the gestures screen will change volume. There are 22 gestures in total, view and customize them from the app.

How Harmony integrates with Philips Smart TVs

All Harmony hub‑based remotes

Harmony connects to and controls your Philips Smart TV using IR (infrared) signals. Some Smart TV models may offer text entry via Bluetooth when using a Harmony hub‑based product. In this case, your mobile device must be connected to the same Wi‑Fi network as your Harmony hub.

Harmony remotes without Harmony Hub

Philips Smart TVs are compatible with all IR (infrared) based products.

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