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The Bd-F8900 From Samsung Is A Multi-Format 3D Blu-Ray Player That'S Super Connected.Equipped With A Dual Hd Tuner And Hard Disk With A Capacity Of 1 Tb This Bd-F8900 Player-Recorder Lets You Record Up To 240 Hours Of Hd Programmes And Up To 480 Hours Of Standard Definition. You Can Also Watch A Tv Program While Simultaneously Recording Another One. You'Ll Never Miss A Favourite Series Or Film!Super Versatile The Bd-F8900 Blu-Ray Has A Built-In Wifi So You Can Easily Connect To Your Network And Enjoy Online Services On The Smart Hub Portal. The Samsung Is Packed With Additional Features Like Allshare Which Lets You Stream Content Stored On Your Compatible Devices Directly On Your Tv. And Timeshift Which Lets You Control Them Directly Pausing The Broadcasting Of A Program And Letting You Re-Start It When You Like.
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We have had this top set box now for about 3 weeks.
It was very easy to set up, once out the box it took approximately ten minutes to set up. (it must be noted that the instruction manual I received was not in English, HELPFUL NOT!!!!!!, fortunately I had been doing lots of research into the available products and had already accessed the English version online from the Samsung website.) I like to be forewarned as to how set things ups.
Setup was easy. I connected the supplied cables & then switched on the machine and followed the on screen instructions., wifi was very simple to setup, just like on your computer it automatically scanned for wifi and then you had to opt for your wifi and then enter the user password. As a technophobe even I could do this.
Once set up it took a little while to find our way around the different menus'. for example you have the home page where you can access 1)pay per view films.
2) Apps screen, here you can access BBC I player, ITV player, channel four & 5 on demand, Netflix, love films etc etc. You can also down load more apps from the Samsung website.
3) photos videos & music, this is where you can access the items that you have recorded, or you can stream music, photos & videos from you computer, smart phone or device.
HAVING A SAMSUNG PHONE AND SOFTWARE ON MY COMPUTER THE TOPSET BOX CAN ACCESS YOUR MUSIC/VIDEO & PHOTOGRAPHIC LIBRARY EASILY VIA WIFI (its amazing so simple to use).
recording programme is easy. select the program on the guide then choose to record or watch. simples. Though series link has to be done manually on schedule manager.
now for the minor niggles
The remote control is easy to use though the response time of the box may be a little on the slow side at times. (not as responsive as the sky box).
on the TV guide, the layout is not in a sensible order like other free view boxes. I would expect BBC1,2 followed by itv1, channels four and 5 followed by all the other channels but this is not the case. the channels are all mixed up in no particular order.
I have however managed to set up favourites which has got all my favourite channels but again not in any particular order.
The internet is easy to access though it is time consuming having to use the onscreen key board, Though I think it may be possible to use a Wifi key board but I have not got a clue how to set this up.
However another positive attribute is the e-manual. this is accessed by a button on the remote control. This is a online user guide that is viewed on the television, with try it now links so that you can access those areas you are reading about.
would I recommend this machine, most definitely though it is an little expensive compared to other machines. once you can navigate the menus it turns out to be a great product.
live TV etc.
Bought a Samsung TV so wanted to move to a world of a single TV remote to control all the above.
And this was the answer to the challenge.
Has a couple of Freeview HD tuners in so can watch and record simultaneously, and it also connects to the wifi for access to the apps from TV stations (Iplayer, ITV Player, 4OD, Demand 5 etc) and from streamers such as Lovefilm and Netflix.
Runs ever so quietly, both DVD and HDD.
Only been using it a couple of weeks but as yet, no flaws at all.
As a recorder it needs care when recording a series, as it appears to forget/discard the programes you have selected. I don't know if this has to do with change of week or month.
The Web browser is very limited, allowing just 2 tabs at any one time. The screen also goes black at random times (this happens quite often), especially if loading something from say Youtube. Browser crashes are common and occur every hour or so (pages are cleared and it refreshes to a single tab at the homepage). The browser also hangs, meaning you have to perform a full power down and restart to get it going again.
Be aware it cannot burn directly to a blank CD, DVD or Blu-ray disc, though I have not tried connecting it to a separate device to do this.
All in all, I do not rate this very highly and would probably have gone for a Panasonic machine, had I read a review like this. It is however your choice.