A proud owner and I have to say I have not had any of the issues raised here. This maybe due to the fact that the latest firmware update has resolved many of the issues. I have just paid £229 for this at Currys and have to say it is excellent value for money. The HD picture is excellent and there are plenty of apps available on the hub to download. Take it from me, this is a bargain given the twin tuners and 500 gb hard drive to record on. The one criticism that I do have is that its noisy when loading the discs but that's about it. Go for it.
I now own one of these - have done for 2 months. The last month it has been at the repairers. There are quite serious and irritating problems with the PVR function and Samsung have been very slow to accept that this is the case. The problems are:
Playback of recordings is interrupted - going back to live TV and losing your place when either the current recording ends in "pause live tv" or "timeshifting" or otherwise when any other recording starts. This is very annoying if you do much recording.
Recordings are sometimes not made when recordings are timed such that one starts as another ends. Not to be relied on!
Only the most casual PVR user would be happy. Also note that you can't use media player or internet functions while recording.
The unit is a good media player of video files from USB drives. Photos have poor sizing / zoom and there is an undeclared limit (10500 photos ) beyond which a particular type of USB drive becomes effectively unusable.
Samsung seem to be saying that they will only fix these firmware issues if there is enough interest. Shocking complacency to match that shown in accepting the problems.
After owning a BD-D8500 for nearly 6 months, I'd like to report a number of design flaws and bugs that I find extremely annoying and ruin the experience:
1.Playback of recorded programme reduces to about half frame rate following fast forward or rewind by a few minutes or more, making the programme unwatchable. It also seems that the recording itself is about half frame rate if recorded while playing a bluray as playback is jerky even without any fast forward or reverse.2.Playback of recorded programme stops when a new recording starts.3.Chasing playback stops when the recording completes, displaying a message that the recording has completed.4.Before a new recording starts, an unnecessary and irritating message appears which the user is forced to respond to.5.Series timers are not always picked-up, missing new episodes. This seems to be especially bad when there is more than one week between episodes eg F1.6.EPG very slow to respond, even worse while recording.
If you're surprised to read these issues I think you have a right to be because you wouldn't expect these sort of things from a decent brand.
Issue 1 may not have been present when we first bought it. An older recording made soon after purchase does not seem to exhibit the issue. It has had a number of firmware updates since and we've also been through the analogue switch off and retune. It's possible that the firmware of the review unit was further different.
However, I have raised the issues with Samsung and it's like water off a duck's back. The best I have been able to get from them is they suggest sending it off for "repair" even though it's clear to me that it's down to the software design and bugs rather than being an individually faulty unit. I'd be interested to hear from MHOLL whether his "repair" has helped at all. I don't want others to be disappointed like ourselves: the unit promises a lot but ultimately fails to deliver frankly.
I thought this might be a replacement for my failing panasonic Freeview HDD/DVD recorder with the following features(?)
?Record to USB external HDD as backup/longterm recording vs DVD
Some bad reviews tho, jack of all trades - master of none? Trying to getout of Samsung (not good so far) - can you direct specific recordings to USB at time of scheduling recording or BETTER - copy from HDD to USB ext HDD (formatted to Samsung - clear from other reviews not possible to open file format for ?copyright reasons?)
Anyone explored these features?
After reading the review in last month's mag I thought that this may well be the item to replace our ageing Sony HD DVD recorder, especially as we are due to receive Freeview HD in August and still haven't made the jump to blu-ray. However, an Amazon comment stated that you can only record from one of the two HD tuners at a time which seems an oversight and could well make me reconsider buying.
I've just bought one of these and whist the BluRay is excellent (paired with LE40C750) the HDFreeview is hugely frustrating. Browsing the EPG is INCREDIBLY slow and there is no search function that I can find!
Having just given away my cheapie (£50) SD-DTV TopUpTV box I'm shocked by just how bad this is.
Oh and no Series link either.
Does anybody know if this has Series link?
£279.95 at Superfi
Strange the date on this post should read May 15th NOT March 31st
Apologies for that: it's a known problem, and it's on the fix-list.
Can anybody confirm whether this will play Apple Lossless files through a networked NAS drive?
Good point Sp@rky, I'll add that into the review.
Recently I've been noticing some sort of item/cookie tracker keeps tabs on what I've been viewing, so as I popped into play.com it showed me my recently viewed items, despite not recently viewing anything on that site.
So the BD-D8500 popped up in the recently viewed box and at the shockingly low price of 329.99.
If this got five stars when reviewed at the price of 450 pounds, then spotting this on the web for 329.99 should be seen as something as a mini-marvel. If only I had a need for 3D blu-ray.
It seems the player is the same price at Amazon, so take your pick between the two. Though with Quidco you can get cashback from play.
This was great to read about but nothing in the review mentioned the size of the hard disk, neither did the tech specs. There is a HDD in there for sure, but it's just not mentioned.
So for those of you interested, there's a 500GB HDD.
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