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Samsung BD-F6500 - Features

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Samsung BD-F6500 - Features

The BD-F6500’s feature set is virtually identical to that of the BD-F7500, apart from the 4K upscaling. Given its tempting price tag, that could make the F6500 one hell of a bargain.

Samsung BD-F6500

In addtion, the BD-F6500 boasts built-in Wi-Fi, making it easy to get online. When connected, you can access Samsung’s online content portal, which includes BBC iPlayer, YouTube, Netflix, LoveFilm, Blinkbox, Knowhow Movies, Crackle, Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo, BBC News, Rightmove, AccuWeather, BFI Player and vTuner internet radio. That’s what you get out of the box, but more content can be downloaded from the Samsung Apps menu under a range of categories – video, games, sports, lifestyle, information and education. We’re a little surprised that ITV Player, 4OD and Demand 5 aren’t available yet (especially as ITV Player is found on Samsung’s TVs) but these are due to be added later this year.

Samsung’s 2013 Blu-ray players have ditched the Family Story photo-sharing service, but retain the Fitness and Kids sections. These aren’t quite as prominent within the new-look Smart Hub, as they’re now merged in with all the other app icons, but they’re no less fun to play around with. Their presentation is gorgeous, using crisp graphics and bright colours. Neither has changed since last year – Fitness again offers workout videos and progress monitoring tools, while Kids provides videos and educational games.

Samsung BD-F6500

Another section added this year is ‘Movies and TV Shows’, an eye-catching menu that showcases a range of on-demand movies. It provides a faster and more convenient way of accessing movies than visiting the individual on-demand sites. The content comes from Samsung’s Video Hub service and Acetrax Movies.

However, there are some teething problems. When we selected an Acetrax movie to rent or buy, it took us to the installation page for Sony’s Crackle app. At the time of writing, the App server was ‘still in development’ and Acetrax hadn’t been added, but we expect this to be ironed out by the time these new players hit the market.

Samsung also retains the web browser from previous models, but it’s still tricky to use with the remote handset. In ‘pointer browsing’ mode the cursor crawls slowly around the screen, while in the alternative ‘link browsing’ mode it takes an age to skip to the link you want. Entering a web address is also time consuming, despite Samsung adding a predictive letter system to its virtual keyboard. However, the player does support a wireless mouse or keyboard.

Samsung has rejigged the AllShare DLNA media streaming feature this year, calling it ‘Photos, Videos & Music’ on the Home menu. You can stream a wide range of formats from PCs and other servers on your home network. It’s supposed to work with PCs running Windows 7 or 8, but with our Windows 7 laptop we found that it couldn’t stream MKV at all and only streamed AVCHD, DivX HD and WMV HD in SD resolution. However, after installing the Allshare software (downloaded free from Samsung’s website) it streamed all of the above files with no problems, as well as MP4, 3GP, XviD, WMV, MP3, WMA, AAC, FLAC, OGG, WAV, APE, JPEG, PNG, BMP and MPO.

Samsung BD-F6500

You can also beam files directly to the F6500 from smartphones and tablets using Wi-Fi Direct, and control playback of content stored on media servers using a smartphone on the same network, but you have to install the AllShare app first.

Like the BD-F7500, the step-down version features Screen Mirroring (dubbed AllShare Cast), which replicates your phone’s screen on your TV. To use it you’ll need to install and launch the AllShare Cast software on your phone, then hit the blue button on the Smart Hub menu. The player also supports Miracast devices.

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 http://www.samsung.com/uk/tvap... "

"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?"


"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.."

"........ ..... 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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