By Danny Phillips
Reviewed: 24 Mar 2014
Samsung BD-H6500 3D Smart Blu-Ray / DVD Player HD1080P Black UDAC
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This is going to sound thick, but since all the Blu-Ray player has to do is take a digital stream from the disc and fire it off down the HDMI cable for the TV to sort out, wouldn't you expect every player to deliver identical performance? So accurate colours are down to the quality of the TV, not the player.
I've thought this pretty much every time I read a review of a Blu-Ray player.
It's a bit like HDMI cables, where all it's doing is passing digital content. so long as it's not broken, it's doing it's job. Simple as that.
I guess with a Blu-Ray player things like up-scaling and processing may effect the final image. If it were just passing the signal I think you'd be right, but these machines usually add their own 'sparkle' to the image. That's my understanding at least.
no - the content is being processed - so the player reads large amounts of data from the disk and then processes it into an image and sound - there is no stream directly from the disk.. you are right that colour accuracy is mostly down to the TV tho
What's up with the BD-rive: is it a silent player?
I've just taken delivery of a shiny, new BD-H6500 but, contrary to the review, it does not seem to have iPlayer on it. All the other catch-up services but not the one I use most. Am I missing something obvious?
Samsung definitely has it -- it's the only company to have all the catch-up services. I suggest you drop Samsung a line. They can probably help.
I contacted Samsung Customer Support: their reply "Upon initial release of products annually, there is typically a period of up to 4 weeks from release before all apps are available in the Smart Hub. These are released onto the Smart Hub servers in phases so the apps will be coming soon, although we cannot advise of a specific date for any individual app's availability". So it looks as if I shall have to wait patiently for an indefinite period. Odd though as both this review and Samsung's own material emphasises the availability of all the catch-up apps as a selling point for Smart TV.
It does seem strange that the review talks about using a feature that doesn't even exist yet!FWIW, the BBC has a list of all devices that are "iPlayer certified" and none of Samsungs 2014 units are on it yet while sony, panasonic etc. do have 2014 devices on the list.http://iplayerhelp.external.bb...Who knows how long we will be waiting to experience: "apps like BBC iPlayer load up in seconds".I guess the lesson is don't buy anything from Samsung until it's been on the shelves for 6 months, and don't trust trustedreviews. :)
I already dropped Samsung a line, They said they don't have iPlayer for he BD-H6500 because it's not ready yet.
I bought a BD-H6500, partly on the strength of this review. One of my required features was iPlayer support. Your review clearly mentions using the iPlayer app. Now I have the device and there is no iPlayer. I have talked to Samsung about this and they say it's not available yet. Nowhere in the review does is mention that it is not the retail version being reviewed. Maybe Samsung sent you a unit with a beta iPlayer app... however, you don't mention that in the review, and now rather than apologising for the misleading information, you are defending it by referencing a chromecast review?! and calling me a troll. wow.
2 months on and the iPlayer app still not available. Samsung customer support say "soon".
What file formats can it play via DLNA please? Will it handle MP4/MKV or AVI? I'm looking toupgrade my old unit and include DLNA rather than buying a separate unit. Thanks.
You might like to know that as of this week, the iPlayer app is now available on the smart hub! You should find it on the 'popular' apps category.
This has been an annoyingly long wait, but it was out of Samsung's hands. Apparently, BBC pulled the app for 'testing and certification' just as this hit the shelves. This is why a lot of review sites who had it early saw the app and we didn't.
The iPlayer app is now available :-) Check on the 'popular' apps category
I like the look of this, but it appears that I could not record from a HD Camcorder onto it, or make/record Blu Ray discs? I'm still used to the ol' VHS decks where I could back up all my films?? Or is too simple a task nowadays?? :)
I use plex on my pc with a mapped drive to my NAS where all I have is 1080p content in MKV. There is a plex app for the player and it upscales EVERYTHING to 2160p.
Will not play "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" or "Guardians of the Galaxy". Samsung support says that a firmware update is coming "soon". I am returning this machine to get one that plays movies that I want to watch. Will NEVER buy Samsung again.
Piece of shit, the controls for moving around the screen is infuriatingly slow and ponderous, you feel like you are trying to move an earthmoving machine around the screen it is that cumbersome. You cant download apps as you cant find one that matches the operating system, it stops the sound on movies it doesn't approve off and sticks a big label on the screen. It is fine for playing discs and that's about it other than that buy a computer and watch that because you can use a keyboard and mouse something this player wont let you.These machines are the biggest waste of money, buy a computer or aniPad or something, just not this!!!
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