Samsung SMT-S7800 Review - Features Review


The SMT-S7800 features two Freesat tuners, and unlike the BD-DT7800 you can record two channels simultaneously, which is a hugely important talent. It will even let you watch a third channel while two recordings are in progress, but only a handful of channels.

There’s a 500GB hard-disk on board which can store 120 hours of high-definition recordings or 250 hours of standard definition programmes. That capacious hard-disk, which is larger than the Humax FOXSAT-HDR’s 320GB HDD, will also hold music, video and photo files that can be copied over from USB devices.

Although the SMT-S7800 lacks the brilliant Smart Hub internet content portal found on the BD-DT7800, it does grant you limited online functionality through the scaled-down Samsung WebTV portal. At present this only includes access to YouTube.

Samsung SMT-S7800

However the SMT-S7800 also supports BBC iPlayer and ITV Player but they’re listed as channels in the EPG (channels 901 and 903 respectively) and not in a dedicated interface, which makes them a bit of a pain to access. Only iPlayer is available at present, with ITV Player listed as ‘coming soon’.

Elsewhere the SMT-S7800 boasts all the basic PVR functionality you could hope for – pause/rewind live TV, series link and timer scheduling directly from the EPG – as well as versatile scanning and slow-motion features when playing back your recordings. There are no editing options, but its hardly essential on a deck designed for you simply watch and delete recordings.

As well as all the prescribed Freesat functionality, you can also switch to a non-Freesat mode and automatically scan for channels on any of the available satellites, or there’s a manual scan mode which lets you change the parameters (frequency, polarity etc). The channels appear in a separate EPG when found, and we even managed to record programmes from other satellites.

Unlike other sites, we thoroughly test every product we review. We use industry standard tests in order to compare features properly. We’ll always tell you what we find. We never, ever accept money to review a product. Tell us what you think - send your emails to the Editor.