Well I have bought this PVR on the review by what hifi? And that it was given PVR of the year I have always used Humax foxsat although it had only 320 gig hard drive gave a sterling service for over 5 years. I changed over because I needed a 500 gig hard drive. Sorry but I fail to see how the Samsung got such a high award? Yes the picture is 1080p 50hz Humax is 1080i But the user menu for both tv guide and library on the Samsung is bloody awful! Even if you set the unit to remind you to watch a tv program. It will not switch to it? You still have to press ok on the remote? The Humax will switch to the channel without the users input. Also the channel listing on the samsung's guide are small and hard to see? This is on a 50" Plasma! And the most annoying thing about the samsung? Go to the tv guide press record on a program you want to watch and you may end up recording the program in SD! The Humax asks you if you want to record the the program in SD or HD No, What HiHi? Magazine have made a real EDITED up giving the Samsung pvr of the year Now makes me wonder about the awards for 2013
How anyone can, in all honestly, award this heap of rubbish Five Stars, defeats me utterly. Mine, purchased, fortunately, from John Lewis, has been sent for repair twice; the best the workshop can come up with, is that I am using a Sky antenna, which is wrongly sighted for Freesat. It freezes on a regular basis; the volume goes up and down like a yo-yo on speed, and quite frequently, on switch-on, I have to go to the TV tools settings, to bring it back to hdmi-tv-sat. None of this ever happened with Sky with its "Second Rate" Amstrad HD box. Perhaps that's why I was paying £30 per month. At least it all did what it said on the tin.
In response to some of the earlier postings, this is a fairly no-frills product, it does what it says on the box and I've had no major problems with it, save for the resolution keeps resetting itself to 576i if the AV receiver (Arcam AVR360) gets switched on before the Freesat box and the Freesat input isn't selected. Have solved this problem by setting the box resolution to "Use TV's feature" and making sure both the Freesat box and TV (also Samsung) are powered up before switching on the amp and selecting the Freesat input.
Maybe this problem would disappear if the box were to be plugged into the HDMI on the TV, but the TV does not appear to do audio passthrough correctly on the ARC - it decodes everything to 2ch PCM unless it's coming from the internal Freeview tuner. So the Freesat box has to connect to the amplifier.
However, all glitches and issues aside, it works,it works well, it lets me watch TV in HD (and upscaled SD) without having to pay any money to Murdoch's empire. Basically it does what it says on the box.
New firmware now available from Samsung website - http://www.samsung.com/uk/support/model/SMT-S7800/XEU-downloads
Some of the changes I've noticed;
- In the library you can see a '%' figure in the top right hand corner showing you how much space is left on the hard drive.
- When you click on 'guide' the main TV picture sort of 'zooms' to its position in the Picture In Picture frame on the top left hand side of screen and has a banner beneath it showing what channel it is.
- Navigation from one option to another now seems faster
- The 'Pop' Kids TV channels now appear in apect ratio of 4:3 (which is what they are broadcast in) - you can't change it back to 16:9 anamorphic - samsung say they are looking into this.
- Still no ITV player
- YouTube account login now works
- Info on planned recordings now available
- Not sure if the 'lost library' issue is solved as I have only suffered that once in the 7 months I've had the box.
This box can now be bought for £170 which, I think, makes it one of the very best PVRs out there in terms of both tech and value for money.
Sorry I fail to see how you have reached your conclusion - "I think, makes it one of the very best PVRs out there in terms of both tech and value for money." as this has been the opposite to my experience.
Just because you can see a % symbol in the Library and it can now login to youtube (which it should have done since day one) does not now make this box "one of the very best PVRs out there in terms of both tech and value for money." and no 'lost library' is not fixed.
This firmware update does not address a multitude of problem with this box. The vast majority of the issues listed by others below and on other sites are still there. If anything the number of issues not addressed in this long overdue update indicates Samsung's lack of commitment to this product.
I feel cheated by this box and the 5 star review it has recieved from WhatHiFi.
Like "DaveCheltenham" sayes below - Samsung must have a very good PR Department .....
SMT-S7800/XEU freesat HD box has been riddled with bugs since day 1. One year after I bought it, out of warranty Samsung still hasn't resolved a large number of issues, some of them quite grave. They sold it with a big sticker on the front of the box saying it has got BBC iPlayer, (in the near future) ITV Player. 1 year later, that "near future" is nowhere near to be seen.
Like the Freeview version where I made similar comments, you have to wonder why What Hi-Fi would give 5 stars with all its drawbacks.
It just devalues the 5 star rating and saps confidence in the What Hi-Fi brand which is a shame.
Again, so what if it got a ‘product of the year’ award and the previous comments just add to the perception of an inferior device?
Samsung must have a very very good PR department.
Very disappointed. Samsung has the 5 stars that whathifi gave this unit plastered all over it's advertising and it's junk. There are a range of issues with the interface (exit and back same function, can't edit list, favourite lists don't appear on side menu....), the long time it takes to start, YouTube but no Netflix or lovefilm, no diseqc, can't copy saved files off it, mp4 MTV and avi playback out of sink and sometimes choppy video.... And I was one of those fools who bought cos I saw your 5 stars on the advertising... My advise, buy a humux.
Would very much agree with the comment above – I am currently reading these reviews specifically to find a way of getting both one-off content & TV series from Freesat downloaded to my network for later viewing. The ability to export easily to my NAS drive / PC is key – I have been disappointed to see little or no mention in the reviews.
In my case the option to hook it up in a remote comms room, and control over a network would also be useful - perhaps a clue here would be nice.
I can't see anything in the "Tec Specs" to support the conclusion "While not quite a fully fledged media streamer, the Samsung can also access JPEGs, MP3s and AVI movie files across a network" Did I miss something?
Like many (almost all) other reviews of PVRs, absolutely no mention of whether content can be edited on the machine or if there is provision to off load content to a PC or other storage device.
Without at least one of those facilities, NO PVR is worth five stars, no matter how good it may be in other respects.
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