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Samsung BD-F6500


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  • Extensive features
  • Simplified GUI
  • Sparkling 2D and 3D pictures
  • Excellent file compatibility with AllShare


  • Lightweight build quality
  • Clunky web browsing with remote
  • Long-winded Allshare menu sequence

Review Price £129.99

Key Features: 3D Blu-ray playback; AllShare DLNA streaming; Smart Hub; Screen Mirroring; Built-in Wi-Fi

Manufacturer: Samsung


The Samsung BD-F6500 sits just below the flagship BD-F7500, and lacks some of its premium features, such as twin HDMIs and 4K upscaling. The rest of the feature list is exactly the same though, which could potentially make it a great bargain given that it’s around £120 cheaper.

Samsung BD-F6500

Samsung BD-F6500 - Design

The BD-F6500 sports a significantly different design to that of the BD-F7500. Gone is the 7500’s aluminium outer ‘sleeve’, leaving just the gloss-black casing underneath. At 40mm high and 360mm wide, it’s also slimmer and narrower than most Blu-ray decks on the market – the perfect size for sliding discreetly into an AV cabinet or next to a small TV in the bedroom.

Samsung BD-F6500

What makes the design so distinctive is the curved corner on the right hand side, a flourish common to all of Samsung’s players below the BD-F7500. On top of the unit is a round panel of soft-touch controls that sits stylishly inside the curved corner.

Samsung BD-F6500

That leaves the fascia completely clear from buttons, giving it a moody, minimal look when switched off. There’s a slim disc tray on the left, an LED display panel to the right (which spells out information in large digits) and a USB port hidden behind a flap. On the whole it’s a sleek and stylish Blu-ray player, but build quality isn’t great – the casing is light and plasticky, which although common in this price range will nonetheless make enthusiasts turn up their noses.

Samsung BD-F6500 - Connections

Rear connections are sparse. There’s an HDMI output that’s equipped to send 3D pictures to a compatible TV, alongside an optical digital audio output and an Ethernet port. The BD-F6500 boasts built-in Wi-Fi, which means most people won’t need to use the Ethernet port, but there are some who prefer the stability of a wired connection. The lack of a second HDMI output and multichannel analogue outputs (as found on the BD-F7500) is not surprising and unlikely to bother the typical buyer of a Blu-ray deck in this price range.

Samsung BD-F6500

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Jukka Laurila

April 20, 2013, 3:11 pm

Can you set this player to be region free for DVD? For Blu-ray?


May 4, 2013, 12:14 pm

Going to upgrade my old BD-C6500 blu ray player with is one, having netflix and LOVEFILM with out Xbox Live is a big selling point for me


May 19, 2013, 11:20 pm

Does the webbrowser support Flash ?


July 14, 2013, 1:11 pm

Is the upgrade feature on the internet?


August 3, 2013, 2:46 pm

Does anyone know if the F6500 supports up to 60fps video? It does appear to support 28 Mbps bit rate.

Keiran B

August 7, 2013, 12:58 pm

Bought this a couple of days ago.

Looks nice and shiny.

Plays DVDs...

Unfortunatley that's where the good stuff ends...

Remote's a bit old fashioned, but hell, it's just a remote right...

But, I thought, at least there's some cool apps for it...

Let's get this Smart Hub rolling....

Oh.... It's a bit slow... but no matter...

That looks a bit ugly... Shouldn't it have a nice shiny screen design? Like a swimming pool...

Hang on a minute...

Where's Spotify gone?

Where's TED?

Turns out that it doesn't contain the Smart TV Smart Hub, but a cut down version for blu ray.

Also, unfortunately, the remote is soooooo sloooooowww to use to do anything. Typing something into youtube takes eons because you're having to press left/right 20 times to move between letters...

Liekwise moving between menu items.

The web browser is next to unusable... If you'd ever used the 'Experimental' browser that came on the old kindle you'd know what I'm talking about. Just can't move around the screen since it takes so long to respond to the remote.... And comes preloaded with msn and bing for good measure.

The app (Samsung Smartview) control drops out all the time, so it's difficult to use as a replacement, and doesn't pick up the keyboard controls (which would be the one useful thing about having an app to control the thing..) i.e. it presents you with a keyboard and then when you submit the text you've written it ignores, or just inputs the letter you were previously focussed on... Genius...

Just spent an hour on the phone to Samsung Customer Services and Technical Support.

Technical Support:

"I'm trying to get these apps working and can't seem to find them in the Samsung Apps page on the machine"

"I can't see these apps. Are you sure we support them?"

"Yes. They're on the front page of your Concepts and Services TV Apps page. Front and centre. Spotify and TED"

"What model is that?"


"I can't see those apps. They're not listed on the page."

"They're right in the middle."

"Doesn't say anything about them"

"Are you looking in the right place? Try "

"I'm looking at the page for your player... It says that is supports iplayer and ITV"

"Sure, but those are only the preloaded things. There's only about 5 apps on that page. This comes with 'Smart Hub' so I can download other apps onto it"

"We can only guarantee the apps that come with it"

"Sure, but you also have this wonderful app store where I can get other stuff. That's why it's smart, right? Now, Spotify says it supports Smart TVs F5000-F8000. Why can't I see it?"

"That must be written by a third party."

"Sure. But they write it with your SDK. You approve each app. And you advertise this one on your front page. It's not something written by two kids in a garage that makes lightsabre noises. It's the biggest music streaming service on the planet"

"It's not on the page."

"It's on your services TV apps page. Right there."

"We can't guarantee third party...."

"I know. Ok. But you can tell me if my player should be showing these... So I know it's a fault with the player... right? It says it's supported on models F5000-F8000"

"Those are only available for our Smart TV service"

"But I've got the Smart Hub. I get that a TV listing app isn't going to be much use on a bluray player, so I wouldn't download that, but spotify's useful. As is TED..."

"But you've got a bluray player, not a Smart TV..."

"But it comes with the Smart Hub. It's a Samsung Smart Blu Ray player.. That's why I bought it..."

"It's not a Smart TV..."

"Ok, so you're telling me that the Smart on the Blu Ray is a different product to the one on the TV? Shouldn't you be making that clear in your advertising?"

"I'm just technical support. I don't know about that."

"Can you confirm that it shouldn't work, and it is definitely a different product?"

"Sorry, I don't deal with Third Party Apps"

"But surely the whole point of the Smart service is that you can have apps for it?"

"I don't know about that sir, I'm just technical support"

"Ok, could you put me through to customer services... Maybe they can help with what it's supposed to do?"


<repeat conversation="">

"And, as I was saying, I sort of expected that the Smart Hub would mean it had the functionality of the Smart Hub on your Smart TVs, otherwise it's a different product and you'd have told me that in your advertising"

"I don't know about that. I'm not technical"

"Sure, but we're not talking about some chip on the mainboard, or the operating system upgrade. This is sort of what the thing does... It's a product feature... you've been advertising it all over the place..."

"As I said, sir, I'm not technical"

"Don't you work in customer services for a massive technology company?"

"I only do policy. Since there is no fault with your unit, we can't do anything under warranty. And as per the Sales of Goods Act any other issue you'd need to take it up with your retailer."

"Ok. Technical Support can't help me with product features as they're just technical. You can't help me with product features as you're not technical. Could you transfer me to someone who can help?"

"You've already reached the highest point of escalation.."

"........ <picks ones="" jaw="" up="" off="" floor=""> ..... You're the highest point of escalation!? OK... Good... Thanks for your time..."

Absolutely hopeless...

The worry, as discovered in the past with Samsung Products... (actually, Sony are pretty good at this too), is that since this isn't the 'real' smart hub, it will soon be unsupported at whcih point you've got a nice shiny piece of junk under your TV.

If you want my advice. I wouldn't touch it with a bargepole...

My friend has the LG-BP730 which me and some mates bought him for his birthday... Knocks the spots off this... And now I'm stuck with it... (justifying two Smart BluRay players to the Mrs is unlikely to go down well)


September 11, 2013, 12:00 pm

I don't know about this exact model but I have last year's model (BD-e5500) and it will play MKVs over dlna if you rename them .mp4 (go figure)


September 25, 2013, 5:09 pm

Why the backplane picture shows coax output even if it has optical?

Oscar Grouch

October 16, 2013, 10:37 pm

You have more time on your hands than sense..


October 20, 2013, 12:04 pm

If you have a problem with advertising, tell the Advertising Standards Authority. You won't get your money back though. If you need a refund, go to the Citizens Advice Bureau and Small Claims Court


December 28, 2013, 9:14 pm

Anybody wanting to use Youtube or any web application on a DVD player must be pretty desperate. You know, there are PC's with keyboards and a mouse around ;-)
What's more, I guess those browsers don't have any form of adblock. I'm allergic to ads, my religion forbids me to watch ads and they annoy me terribly. I never see ads on Youtube or Facebook under Firefox on my PC, so why should I fiddle with a remote on TV?
Does it play Blueray 3D or not? Like my dad always said: the proper tool for the proper job.


January 20, 2014, 7:08 am

Is it a multizone player?

Vernon Cholerton

January 20, 2014, 3:07 pm

No at this time it is with a Samsung repair centre for new parts to be fitted.Not bad since it was brand new at Christmas 2013 !!! Why Samsung didn't swap it for a new one don't know but will be reluctant to buy Samsung in the future !!!

Vernon Cholerton

January 27, 2014, 10:00 am

further to my original comments player now back from Samsung repair centre working perfectly.I am now.very happy.


January 29, 2014, 4:14 pm

If you stream films to the player will it upscale them?

Rene Z

May 3, 2014, 2:50 pm

Today bought and ...brought back BD-F6500. First, advantages: fast, Blu-Ray quality, simple, convenient remote control. Cons: very, very bad sound quality is inconsistent with the view music videos; boom! in the movie, well, the dialogues bad; bad quality of upscaling DVD, mediocre quality when viewing a photo, noisy operation of the drive.


June 8, 2014, 8:50 pm

Not sure why you say this doesn't upscale to 4k when it very much does !

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