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Samsung - Streaming Audio Wi-Fi Built-In Blu-ray Player - Black-Front_Standard

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Easy to Use, but Not So Smart

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    lebowitzit
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    If you've never had a modern Blu-Ray player before, the first thing that strikes you about this unit is that it is completely useless without the remote control. While this is hardly a new phenomenon, this player takes it almost to its logical conclusion. My conventional DVD player at least lets you play, stop and skip to the next or previous chapter from its front panel. This player has just two buttons on it - Power and Eject - and no indicator lights. Hookup is simple enough: The player has an HDMI port, an Ethernet port and a wi-fi radio built in. The HDMI cable is not included, so be sure to buy one if you don't already own one. You plug the player into your TV set with the HDMI cable. (If your TV set is old enough that it doesn't have an HDMI port, you can buy an RF adapter to convert to Component, Composite, SVHS or coaxial, but you'd probably be better advised to buy a different player, one that has whatever connection your TV set has.) More about the network setup later. The player is a bit slow to boot up. Modern HDTV sets can also be slow to boot up, and this can be a bit disconcerting at first if you're used to older components, which were pretty much instant-on. Expect to wait a good 15 seconds after pressing the power button before it sends any output to your TV set. Once the player is booted and displaying on the TV set, operation with the remote is fairly intuitive. If you put a disc in, the player will automatically switch to DVD mode and begin to play your disc. Simple enough. But you don't buy this player just to watch movies on discs. (If that's all you want, there are cheaper, simpler units on the market.) I, for one, was very interested in seeing what Internet content I could watch with it. To watch Internet content, the first thing you need to do is connect the set to your network. (If you don't have a network in your home, now you have a reason to get one.) This process is fairly straightforward. If you only have a wired network, you have various options for getting an Ethernet connection to your Blu-Ray player; I won't detail them here. Most people reading this probably have wi-fi networks, and will want to connect wirelessly. Either way, the guided setup procedure for the player walks you through the process of connecting to and verifying your network. Alas, the player doesn't do WPS, so you will need your wi-fi passphrase, if connecting to a wireless network, and you will need to type it in using the guided setup's on-screen keyboard, which is a rather tedious process. The product info for this player boasts that there are over 240 "apps" for it. Unfortunately, this is something of an overstatement. The player's home screen includes "presets" for VUDU, HULU, Netflix, Amazon Video, and YouTube. There is a button you can select that lets you add more presets, but just about the only thing you can add from there is something called the Opera Store, which turns out to be where most of the "apps" are located. The Opera Store is a vast collection of vintage, foreign and indie movies, sports, and how-to videos. It requires no subscription, is mostly free of charge, and is rather fun to explore, but all the video content is heavily laden with VERY repetitive advertising. I already knew that VUDU is a service that offers nothing free, but I was disappointed to find that HULU no longer offers anything free. YouTube is free on the player, just as it is on your computer, although you may occasionally run into a video that requires you to log into your Google account before you can watch it.That process is tedious and involves switching between devices, since the player offers no way to log on. The player does support screen-casting from YouTube on your smartphone, tablet or computer to the player. That's handy, because the on-screen search engine is slow and hard to use, while searching YouTube from smartphones, tablets and, especially, computers is a snap. The only "gotcha" is that your smartphone, tablet or computer must remain on and awake in order for this to work, and screen-casting will deplete the battery charge fairly quickly. Therefore, you'll want to keep whatever you're screen-casting from plugged into its charger while you do this. I haven't poked around enough to find out if you can screen-cast from the other "apps". I'm also an Amazon Prime customer, so I can get lots of nice video content from there at no extra charge. Most Internet video access works well (assuming your network connection is strong and your Internet bandwidth is decent) and intuitively, although interrupting YouTube videos and backing out to your search results is less than obvious. Unfortunately, there seems to be no way to add more apps to this player. (Fancier, more expensive Samsung players do allow you to get more apps from Samsung's proprietary app store.) Another thing that the on-screen, guided setup procedure does is ask if you want to download a software update for the player. I strongly advise that you do this - and I would strongly advise downloading and installing any future software updates that the player might ask you about. Maybe one of them will make the Smart features smarter! Those who prefer not to juggle a lot of remotes will be pleased to know that most cable TV system remotes can be programmed to operate this unit with full functionality.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice Player For The Money

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    PD8542
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    I read a lot of reviews of this player on a lot of sites before buying it. The major gripe people had with it is the lack of indication if the unit is turned on or not. Most reviewers were so concerned about that issue that they either didn't have any other concerns with the unit or didn't mention them. Since no one seemed to have any serious problems with the unit, I decided to buy it, given the great Black Friday pricing. Let's get this out of the way up front. Yes, this unit has absolutely no lights on the front or any indication whatsoever to tell you if it's turned on or not. Personally, I don't see this as a problem. When I turn on the player, the TV turns on and everything works. When I turn off the TV, the player turns off. If for some odd reason the player were to stay on when I turned off the TV, I don't really care. The player will go to sleep after a while anyway. With that stupidity out of the way, the player itself is a very mainstream Blu-Ray player. It has all the apps and DLNA features you would expect from a similarly priced unit. It spins up quickly and is responsive to the remote. I bought this unit as a replacement for a similar Samsung unit I purchased about 2 years ago that developed problems playing most Blu-Ray discs. The old player would freeze and stutter during playback. I've had this new unit for about a month and it's played every disc I tried in it perfectly. The apps (Netflix, Pandora, Hulu, etc...) all work well. Yes, the Netflix problem that plagued early versions of this player have been fixed. The player has built in WiFi, which is nice, but I have it hard-wired, and you should too for best performance. Don't hook up your player with WiFi and then complain that Netflix is buffering all the time. All in all it's a nice basic player for the money. It doesn't have any fancy features or controls at all. It does everything I need it to do, play Blu-Ray discs and stream Pandora, Netflix and other services. I just hope it lasts longer than the 18 months the previous player lasted.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good DVD player with Wifi

    Posted
    jj12
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    My husband wanted to be able to get Netflix on his not-Smart garage TV so we looked at several options. Replacing our DVD player with one with wifi seemed to be the best way to go because it provided wifi without adding another device. The apps are easy to get to. I set up Pandora for him so he can listen to his Oldies. Music CDs and DVDs can also be played on this unit. The only problem I had setting it up was some incompatibilities with the Insignia TV. At first the menu screens were gigantic and went off the screen but using a different HDMI output fixed that. Also, the Samsung default option on the home screen is Pictures and the TV doesn't like that Pictures doesn't have audio so pops up an audio box each time the DVD is turned on. I only have two real complaints about the unit. One is that there is no light to tell you when the player is on. You have to push the power button and resist hitting it a second time when nothing happens for a few seconds. The second is that the unit is very light. There is no open/close button on the remote, and pushing the button on the front to open the drawer can push the unit to the back of the shelf. I had to block it with a piece of Styrofoam.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good basic DVD player

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    jjmt
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    We had a Sony DVD player that still worked, but wanted to get Netflix on a non-Smart TV in the garage. Buying a new DVD player with wifi was one of the options. The Best Buy sales person recommended the Samsung player over another Sony. The set up was simple and when the device is turned on, it opens with one screen that has everything that is needed to play a DVD or connect to the internet program of choice. The remote, on the other hand, took me an hour to figure out. There is no light on the device to let you know it's on - and it doesn't come on instantly. I found that after pushing the power button on the remote I have to count to 5 before there is any change on the screen. The keys on the remote are small and my husband has trouble moving through the on-screen options to move from Play DVD to Netflix. There is no open/close door button on the remote - you have to do that from the device itself - which is OK because you have to go there anyway to load/remove a disc - but the unit is very light and pushing the open button slides it to the back of the shelf. I ended up putting a piece of velcro on the bottom to keep it in place. But as a DVD player it seems to work fine.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Hello, is this thing on?........

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    Dawn
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    Good buy for the price. Let's get the cons out of the way. 1. They all look alike. If you buy the least expensive unit or the top of the line you can't tell them apart by looking at them. I guess that could go pro or con depending on your view. 2. The remote is a little bit on the small side. If you need reading glasses put them on. It's packed with lots of buttons and tiny words. 3. For the 3rd. and final con, there's no power light. Nothing to indicate the unit is on. My tv is another matter, but, it has 4 HDMI slots, a TV, DVI, S-Video, Video, YPbPr1 & 2 and a PC slot. If you're like me and live with someone who pushes every button on the TV remote before they call you into the room and say "The TV's not working right" you're gonna be frustrated. A lot. Now, the Pro's 1. It's small. It fits pretty much anywhere. 2. It has apps so it replaced my Roku. Moved the Roku into the guest room. (That could be a negative at some point though.) 3. Wireless internet connection. No more than a power cord and the HDMI. If your internet source isn't right next to your TV no worries. Before you would have had to run an Ethernet cable long enough to get from the TV to your router. That's gone. 4. It's not overly complicated. Fairly straightforward. 5. Overall worth the money.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Needs a Power On/Off Light in Front

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    USER123
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    This product served as a replacement for my DVD player. It is a great piece of equipment for a non-Smart HDTV because it adds the ability to watch Netflix, Youtube, Amazon, and other streaming services. I enjoy the fact that I now have only one piece of equipment that allows me to play DVDs, Bluray discs, CDs, and watch Netflix/Amazon/other streaming services. Interestingly, I tried to program the Aux button on my Silver/Red Comcast Xfinity remote using the 20199 programming code so that I could avoid using the Samsung Bluray remote that came with the product. The directional buttons (up, down, left, right) on the remote, as well as the play, rewind, fast forward, stop, etc work on the Comcast remote, but the Select button doesn't, rendering the use of the streaming services impossible; though, the play/rewind/etc buttons do work with this Bluray player so I have been able to play my Bluray discs using the Comcast Xfinity remote. I have found initiating Netflix to be slower using this Bluray player than it is on a Vizio Smart HDTV that I have. Finally, I don't like the fact that the Bluray player doesn't have an on/off light indicating whether it is active.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    As it should...

    Posted
    AlwaysAndForever
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    My blu-ray died after 6 years of great viewing. I decided to stop at Best Buy and purchase a new one. I spoke with a great sales person who explained the differences and features of the multiple machines. I asked him for his personal choice and he suggested this machine. It happened to be the one I was leaning toward. As I went to pick it up he said, better deal, this is an Open-Box and it is discounted. I asked about what that meant, he explained the possible reasons and said this one was a return and was checked by Geek Squad. I purchased it. It played Blu-rays great, problem was playing a standard DVD - the sound would not work. All it did was play this high pitch screech and static. I exchanged that machine and now the new one WORKS GREAT! I love the quick start feature and the automatic updates. No machine will last forever, they all are about 3-5 years of life and done. Try this one, great picture, sound and nice features!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Blu-Ray player

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    Batvic
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    The device has been working well so far, although it did get stuck the first time we turned it on, but after unplugging it from the electrical outlet, it started up without problems, and has been working fine ever since. It's worked very well with Blu-Rays and DVDs, though Netflix has had a few hiccups; after a firmware update it's been unable to connect correctly from time to time. Also, the network settings have been forgotten a couple of times and we've had to input the modem password...not a big thing, but a bit annoying. The one big flaw is that there's no light indicator to show that it's powered up! Also, the drive is a bit noisy...not really a big deal, and I don't really know how it compares to other players, but you'd think that wouldn't happen nowadays. The user interface is a bit akward, but I still haven't seen any Blu-Ray that doesn't suffer from that problem. In general, it's been working well and I'd recommend it, but I'd also recommend buying the extended warranty, it's not very expensive and it covers you for a few years.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Everything I needed and more...

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    SuperChuk
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    A great little package that I bought to replace my old LG Blu-Ray player. This thing was half the size and weight of the old one, but came with several more features! Wireless internet connectivity (even through my phone's mobile hotspot) which makes it super easy to keep the firmware up-to-date, streaming apps such as YouTube, Netflix, and Hulu just to name a few, as well as USB connectivity for viewing digital content from a USB drive or portable hard disk drive including video, photos and music! I've yet to test out connectivity to my home computer for content sharing, but so far I've really enjoyed this player. My lone complaint is there is no LED indicator on the front to display info, nor is there any sort of lighting whatsoever to indicate whether the unit is on or off. This is a minor gripe, however, and the player functions just fine otherwise. Picture and sound quality are exactly what you'd expect from a 1080p HD device - loud and lovely!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Very Competant and Handsome Machine

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    Bodaciousbassist
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    If you're at all familiar with the Samsung line of BluRay players then you'll immediately spot the difference between this machine and its predecessors - the lack of a digital display on the front of the machine. This engineering short sight means that unless your TV is on, HDMI plugged in correctly, and source switched the correct input - it's impossible to tell whether the machine is switched on or off. This concludes the list of negatives. What you end up with is another installment in a line of competent BluRay players. If you have a Samsung HD TV (and I do) then this device will interact with your TV seamlessly with the remote that comes in the box. The switch from a gloss to matte finish was a nice touch - as the gloss predecessors tended to scratch despite having nothing around them. The remote is easy to navigate, and most of the quick buttons have been replaced with a smarter software that includes all the features of the machine on one compact HUD accessible when you turn the device on.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Compact and solid

    Posted
    JimSonOfJim
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    I bought the Blue-Ray player as my son keeps taking the PS-4 to another room. I have to say that everything works great. I plugged in the player to power and to an HDMI and was off and running in about 30 seconds. the remote has an intuitive layout but looks just like any other remote so I trained the master remote to operate this as well. There are links to other apps (Netflix, Hulu, and others) on the homescreen but I haven't tried any of them as my TV already has everything programmed. I like the small footprint and silent operation. My only real beef is that there is no indicator light on this. Is it on? Is it off? In the dark can you find the power or eject buttons? No way of seeing anything without the lights on. The only way to tell if it is on or off that I see is to change it to the input on the TV. For something that I chose on strictly price-point I am happy with how it has worked.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Chrome Book if that's all you need

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    BoMoNix
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    We bought this to take on a trip for email and some web browsing. I didn't want to worry about my MacBook getting stolen, especially with all my private files on it. So far, it's been exactly what we wanted. The pros... Hardware seems durable and good quality, especially at this price. Fast start up. Great battery life. Full size keyboard. They cons... This is my first experience with the Chrome OS and I didn't know what to expect. Chrome isn't hard to learn, but there is a learning curve. If you like Google apps and email you may like the Chrome OS. But this isn't a full-laptop. You can't install most applications (like Firefox), and some (like Facebook) have to be installed as extensions to the Chrome browser. So know what you're getting before you buy! That said, if you mostly do email and web browsing and you already have a "real" computer, it's a solid choice.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great "Smart" Bluray player....however......

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    Jonathan
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    For months since I purchased it last year, it worked like a charm. My wife and I watch primary Hulu, Amazon, and Netflix. The smart apps never presented any issues till about 6 months ago. Netflix requires some type of firmware update that Samsung has yet to address. The device will freeze while watching any show on the Netflix app, requiring me to unplug the player in order to reset it. So far no updates have addressed the issue nor does it seem Samsung will ever address it. I have been a long time Samsung fan, our tv is one. One sour experience won't keep me from purchasing from Samsung in the future, however, I am very disappointed at the lack of system support. It almost seems they have abandoned the device, as if knowing everyone going towards smart tvs. I would recommend getting a different player, even if its a different brand, to ensure the issue isn't brand wide.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good price, serves its' purpose

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    DryerKing
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    Since we had to upgrade everything else when our plasma went bad, we decided to upgrade to the blu ray also. Was a choice between this and one other brand and only reason we went this route was price. $40 is $40 to serve the same purpose any would, and the quality it plays seems good. We haven't watched many blu rays yet but noticeable difference between DVD and blu ray. Didn't need the 4K or streaming (tv not 4K but has smart options) but price was right and cheap enough that we can upgrade to 4K if we decide to upgrade tv down the road. Only downfall is same as everyone else...no power indicator, which doesn't affect us much because of the way our tv switches inputs letting us know it's off, but a light would still be nice.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good basic Disc player

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    Steven
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    We were ready to update from an up-scaling DVD player to a Blu-ray player for our main TV. After comparing price/quality on different brands we decided to go with this one. The player itself works great and I was able to connect up to our home wifi and setup our Netflix streaming with no problems at all. The only drawback that keeps me from giving this device a solid 5 stars is the remote. The remote design could have been a lot cleaner and the layout of the controls a lot better if you didn't have to use separate areas depending on whether you are viewing a disc or using one of the "smart" apps. You will find yourself trying to hit the wrong set of buttons for what you are currently viewing. After some use this might be as much an issue but it still could have been done better from the start.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great budget streaming player

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    BridgetH
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    I am very satisfied with this player and the streaming software it comes loaded with: Hulu, Amazon, YouTube, Netflix, Pandora, a few others I'm not familiar with, and even a weather app. I bought to avoid having to pay for cable, and with all of the options, I'm not left looking for more. The player does have about a 30-second start delay after turned on where if you've tried to choose an app it will give you a variety of error codes either about updates or connectivity issues, but I've found if I just wait those 30 seconds out, it's good to go. Out of many hours of streaming only twice it inexplicably refused to unpause & subsequently had to be shut off. Think it was a fluke. The software seems to stay up-to-date so that it visually matches PC and app based versions as well. Overall love this player! Great deal for the price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Everything I needed it to be

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    FlyBoyN
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    I'd like to get it out of the way that I really have no issues with this player or its Smart capabilities, however, I feel like it's still a tad bit pricier than it needs to be at this stage of blu ray players/streaming devices. But in this situation, I feel as if you're paying for the name more than anything. Still, it's easy to set up, quick, much faster than your standard Smart TV interface, which are often clunky and slow, and inputting settings such as Hulu, Netflix, and Wi-Fi passwords were a breeze. You can't go wrong here, but I'd wait for a sale around 55-65 dollar range or go with another brand if it offers the same specs at a lower price. Good player. Picture looks good. I'm happy with the purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very easy to set up and use, with good features.

    Posted
    Bob1
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    This product (Samsung Smart BluRay player) was very easy to set up and start using, with good directions on the online menu. Picture quality and audio is excellent for DVD and BluRay playback, as well as accessing online content (Netflix) from my WiFi network. My one complaint is not having an on/off light, unlike 2 previous Samsung players I bought in the past 2 years, and still use in other rooms. This has caused me in a couple of instances to literally have to unplug the unit in order to reboot it when it failed to quickly link up with my Samsung TV. That one (relatively) minor issue is the only reason it doesn't get 5 stars from me. Otherwise is is a great unit and was priced very reasonably (on sale) by Best Buy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good inexpensive player to match a Samsung TV

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    JoelH
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    This is a good inexpensive player to match my Samsung TV. Playback of standard and Blu Ray dvd's is fine (though it suffers from image breakup when slowing back to play speed from fast forward). I didn't realize before buying a Samsung TV and player that their remotes are poorly done. The TV remote can control some of the basic player functions, but both of the remotes have lousy button layout, and the player's remote doesn't have a backlight. Only one button on the player remote has a locator bump, which is the play button, and the rest of the buttons are tiny, similarly sized, and don't seem to follow much of a logical layout. One other minor annoyance: if I turn on the player first, it sets the TV to its internal speakers, rather than the attached non-Samsung sound bar.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Super-easy to set up!

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    pickyaboutSherlocks
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    I'm NOT a techy, so I was astonished when I actually installed this correctly in under 10 minutes! The unit is tiny, takes up very little space.There is NOT an HMDI cord included, buying one increased the price a few dollars. The lack of an 'on/off' light on the front is annoying, but it does have an internal Ethernet connection the other inexpensive player didn't. The remote buttons are small & somewhat confusing, but there is a full-page picture with some explanations in the manual (included on paper in box). The picture is excellent & BluRay & regular DVDs played with no problems. If you play DVDs or stream everyday, the lack of power light will be annoying frequently, for lighter use the inexpensive price & Ethernet outweighs that.

    I would recommend this to a friend