BD-F8500M Smart 3D Blu-ray Player with 500Gb Freeview HD Recorder

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BD-F8500M Smart 3D Blu-ray Player with 500Gb Freeview HD Recorder is rated 2.8 out of 5 by 6.
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Record more, watch more and enjoy more

Record more, watch more and enjoy more
You can now get double the fun from one unit thanks to the great multitasking ability of the Samsung Blu-ray player. Make sure you don’t miss out on your favourite show by recording two favourite channels at the same time. And with the timer recording feature, you will only get more for your money. Get more entertainment than you asked for.

Catch up on all the latest TV programmes

Catch up on all the latest TV programmes
Now you never have to miss any of your favourite programmes again. You can watch all the must-see TV shows at your convenience with Catch-up TV services* including ITV Player, BBC iPlayer, the 4oD service from Channel 4, and Demand 5 from Channel 5. They give you access to a world of new comedy, drama, news, documentaries and more. With Samsung Smart Content, you set the TV schedule. It’s never been easier to stay up-to-date with the latest entertainment.

*Apps shown are available or coming soon on all 2013 Samsung Smart AV products

Great entertainment on demand

Great entertainment on demand
Enjoy the very latest movies and other entertainment at home – on your own terms. It’s all delivered straight to you thanks to Samsung Smart Content. Now you can have easy access to a range of great video on demand services including LOVEFiLM, Netflix and more. From the biggest current blockbusters to indie hidden gems and timeless classics, you will discover a huge library of movies and other content that you can watch at your convenience. 

Share pictures and videos with compatible devices

Share pictures and videos with compatible devices
Enjoy wireless access and share your digital content with AllShare . Using screen sharing technology, your content will be displayed on the Samsung handset’s screen from a compatible HDTV. It lets you beam photos, videos and you can even play games using your handset as a controller. Take entertainment to the next level with screen mirroring and content sharing. You can quickly and easily share and enjoy content on your TV with as little fuss as possible.

Get connected and be social

Get connected and be social
Now it’s even easier to get closer to friends and family from the comfort of your living room. Samsung’s Smart Content makes it simple to access online social networks like Facebook and Twitter, so now you can connect, chat and share with ease. With the YouTube app, you can also explore and enjoy a world of great video content including the latest worldwide sensations. Thanks to these social networking services, you can discover a smarter way to be social.

Experience the next level of Full HD 3D entertainment

Experience the next level of Full HD 3D entertainment
Bring home a more immersive and spectacular 3D experience. With Full HD 3D, your 3D home entertainment will be more exciting and vivid than you had imagined, with powerful features to maximise your enjoyment. Thanks to 3D Auto Contrast, you’ll have a crisper image with sharper and more dramatic contrast. Samsung’s superior 3D technology uses sophisticated algorithms to minimise image layers and maximise response speed, for more fluid and clear viewing. Make sure you immerse your senses in a new reality of 3D HD.
Quick Start Mode

Quick Start Mode

Instead of the usual 10 seconds, you can you start your Blu-ray player in just 0.5 seconds. This is the world’s fastest boot-up, and translates to less waiting and more enjoying.
BD Wise

BD Wise

Save time and hassle by optimising your picture quality with BD Wise. It automatically syncs your HDMI-connected Samsung devices, ensuring you’re your experience is simply stunning.
CD Ripping

CD Ripping

Take your favourite tracks with you on your MP3 player. In minutes, you can convert your CDs to MP3s with the CD ripping feature. Extract audio tracks from your CDs simply by inserting your CD and pressing the ripping button.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome machine, childs play to use. Does everything I wanted and more, easy to setup and easy to use. Love it!
Date published: 2014-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from VERY good Smart-BluRay-PVR Combo I purchased this to replace my YouView box, and was amazingly surprised when it arrived. The BD-F8500 has a very good, and easy to use UI (user interface) and setup was a breeze. The feature set of the BD-F8500 is very long, and considering that I got a 500GB PVR WITH SmartHub WITH a 3D BluRay player, it came at a very good price. I'm glad to say that the BD-F8500 worked well with my wireless keyboard (with touchpad), which made using the built in web browser much easier. Unfortunately, not all of the Apps in SmartHub support the external keyboard, but this really has to do with the apps themselves, and not SmartHub. Picture and audio is very clear, and HD FreeView channels are bright, crystal clear and very sharp. I have not had a cance to see 3D playback (as I do not have a 3D TV), but a review I read said that 3D playback was very good as well. Once again, I'd like to mention how pleasant I found the UI. It's simple to navigate, clear, not too cluttered and also not too small (or too big). The SmartHub you get on the BD-F8500 is not the full SmartHub you get on Samsung Smart TVs, but it's still better most of the other Smart device I have used. Samsung also makes regular updates to Smarthub, so I would not be surprised to see th BD-F8500 get even better over time. The EPG is very quick to respond and simple to browse, set reminders (schedule viewing) and set recordings (schedule recording), with the series record available (as on most PVRs nowadays). The section where your Apps are listed is a little basic, with not much option to customize the layour, but once again, I would not be surprised to see this improve over time, and this does not affect the usability. The only complaint I have is that you cannot (as far as I can see) search the EPG (though I may be wrong). The Search option on the device only seems to search the online content.
Date published: 2013-10-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Smart looking and powerful hardware but a baffling UI Bought this for my parents with a Samsung F5500 TV to bring them up to date. It looks very smart and well designed, has a large hard disk and seems to be well made. However, the UI lets it down a lot. It's confusing and fiddly and frequently needed functions seem to have been buried deeply in menus. I had to leave my parents four pages of written notes on how to watch and delete recordings.
Date published: 2014-01-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Very bad user interface I too have many years as IT specialist with lots of experience in complicated systems - but this device is so strange that I'm still struggling to find a usefull way to use it. Fx I can't find a way to rearrange apps so that the ones I use is in front. Apps I don't want is locked so you cant remove them. I did by accident find an easier way to find recorded programs - go to Guide then press "c" and then press left arrow and there you can delete or view recorded programs - but despite lots of space they have put the information of the program at the bottom so you can't read anything but the first few words !!!!. I like the possibility of recording 2 programs at the same time. I Thrashed my PS3 with Play-TV for this recorder - I fail to think af any reason not to go back, except the PS3 is quite big, noisier and use more power. If this is the general way to do it in Samsung, this is my last product from them.
Date published: 2013-06-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Useless piece of junk Don't waste your money on this useless piece of junk. Constantly looses series recordings or doesn't record at all. Can't change program title when recording manually and cannot record weekly on it. Had the original unit I purchased replaced after 4 days because it froze and was unusable... the replacement isn't much better!! Steer clear!!
Date published: 2015-07-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Two words: User experience. This simply isn't a friendly, or well designed device. The typical buyer of the BD-F8500 isn't going to just be wanting the Blu-Ray features, they'll be paying the extra for a well designed PVR. And, in this respect, the BD-F8500 fails miserably. Usability is poor, from the very first time it searches for your TV & Radio channels, orders them alphabetically, and assigns it's own channel numbers, happily mixing the TV & Radio channels. Setting the device to record a programme is easy, simply by hitting the Guide button, then the Record button. Cool. But then getting to your list of recorded programmes takes far too many keypresses. It even shows a screen asking "do you want to see the recordings on my built-in 500Gb hard disc, or on the USB drive.. even though there's nothing plugged into the USB socket ?" Pointless. And to delete a single recording takes at least 10 button presses on the remote control. Why couldn't we just select a programme, press the Info button, and have a "Delete" option on there ? I've been working in IT for the past 20 years, and even I got stuck trying to work out how to turn off subtitles on the TV channel. In summary, it's nice to look at, good price, but horribly poor User Interface.
Date published: 2013-04-29
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** Which? Best Buy awarded to R1,3,5

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