As we reported back in May of this year, Insignia, the in-house brand of big box retailer Best Buy, quietly discontinued their line of smart home products. Today, Insignia has notified users through the Insignia Connect App of an impending shutdown date, November 6th, 2019, meaning that devices that connect directly to Insignia’s cloud will no longer operate with the App.
While this is truly a big loss for those that have purchased the affected Insignia products, the company is providing compensation in the form of Best Buy gift cards as a way of easing the blow.
(actual amount is unknown as of yet) Update: readers are reporting that they are now receiving their gift cards and they range from $5-$30 per device. Even though two HomeKit products are listed in the program, Insignia points out that since HomeKit products function locally, they will indeed continue to work after the shutdown, serving as a huge testament to just how important HomeKit is to the IoT market.
In order to be eligible for the compensation program, owners of the following products will need to submit their serial numbers to the Insignia Connect Product Validation Site:
Wi-Fi Smart Plugs
Wi-Fi In-Wall Switch
Once your serial numbers have been submitted, you will be notified within 3 days with your status. The company has also provided an FAQ that covers some of the burning questions that users may have.
What do you think of this announcement? Are you going to be losing some functionality due to the impending announcement? Does this validate your investments in the HomeKit platform? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter, @HomeKit_Hero.