On top of that you get all of Samsungs media apps.
(via network) Install Samsung Link software on the PC (& follow the instruction) > Home screen select Photos, Videos & Music.
(via USB port) connect the drive > Home screen select Photos, Videos & Music.
Btw, Its DLNA compliant & I think Plex is supported.
It's essentially the same as a 2013 Samsung BD player minus the disk playback plus a cable tv tuner.
So this means it supports the Samsung apps platform and DLNA. With that comes Cinavia and no DTS Support
As for cable tv, the guide is a bit clunky and slow to scroll through. Note unless you plug a cablecard in you won't get access to the guide, but still will be able to see digital channels.
One interesting feature is search. This will search across the live TV guide as well as online services.
Overall it's not a bad product ... If you want to save a bit of cash on CTV STB rental, willing to put up with a less than Stella UI, and no DVR capabilities it's worth a look. Personally I would go with a Tivo Roamio, and a BD player from Sony for online services.
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I got one to try out. It's essentially the same as a 2013 Samsung BD player minus the disk playback plus a cable tv tuner.So this means it supports the Samsung apps platform and DLNA. With that comes Cinavia and no DTS Support As for cable tv, the guide is a bit clunky and slow to scroll through. Note unless you plug a cablecard in you won't get access to the guide, but still will be able to see digital channels.One interesting feature is search. This will search across the live TV guide as well as online services.Overall it's not a bad product ... If you want to save a bit of cash on CTV STB rental, willing to put up with a less than Stella UI, and no DVR capabilities it's worth a look. Personally I would go with a Tivo Roamio, and a BD player from Sony for online services.
Where did you find one I have been looking for over a week ??
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[quote name="comptr" url="/t/1495453/samsung-smart-media-player#post_23885249"]Where did you find one I have been looking for over a week ??Sent from my iPhone using [URL=http://tapatalk.com/m?id=1]Tapatalk[/URL][/quote]I checked online and I don't see it. How did you find it
I went to Walmart they had them in stock the store I went to had three.
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Why would this include Cinavia? That's only mandated for Bluray, and Sammy SmartTVs don't have Cinavia.
Yea, it was a surprise during my tests.
That said after using this a bit longer, I turned my attention to the digital cable tuner. Boy what a mess that thing is. Cablecard pairing is fine (well was for me), however once you have your channel list and the tuning is done, organizing channels and creating favorites is a mess. The box crashed and must have restarted 40 times !!!
Even when you have deleted unwanted channels and created favorites lists, you can't apply any of that to the guide .... so the guide always shows every channel your cable system provides even though you may not be able to receive many of those channels.
That too me is a show stopper and makes the guide next to useless .....
On another matter this player has the best amazon instant/prime video app I've used. 1080p/dolby digital+ streaming
Equally the crackle app is awesome ... Almost think I'm receiving a hd stream on crackle too. Picture looks awesome.
Has anyone tried Plex on it yet?
More likely is that if this device sells well enough, they would instead release a second generation unit with DVR capabilities and likely 2 tuners or more.
Yes. Seems to work fine. I'm a big plex user preferring xmbc on my atv2, but the samsung plays nicely with the pms. Tried the South Park, revision 3 and twit channels and are all good. 720p video without issues.
This is fine however Serviio DLNA server supports playlists and the samsung won't respect the playlist order ! I've found a way around this my using a DLNA remote on my ipad, but its one extra step. Also wish the player had shuffle on video.
One other issue is the netflix client. It's very strange but rarely goes above 3000kbps @ 720p. My other netflix clients all play 4300-5800kbps superhd @ 1080p.
Checking the software version the netflix app is old ... Build date is jan 2013.
On another matter ... Why no hulu+ app ?
Thanks apw! Have you used plex with any other Samsung device?
I am looking for one what was the Walmart item number so that I can call and ask around ??
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I found one at my local Walmart. The Walmart product number is 551611995.
I will post impressions once I have some more time with the device.
I currently have a very old Mac Mini running both Plex Server and Plex Client that's used solely for watching Plex Video Channels as a cable server "replacement". To test the Samsung Media Player, I setup a FreeNAS 9.1.1 / Plex Server Plugin system to store ripped DVDs and BDs in mkv containers and DVDs with full menus as ISOs. The FreeNAS / Plex Server Plugin worked as well as my Mac Mini Plex Server.
I tested "movie" playback using the Plex Client on the Samsung Media Player. It was able to play mkvs almost perfectly. DVD and BD video played perfectly. However, BDs with DTS audio didn't seem to pass the DTS audio stream properly to my receiver. Dolby audio worked just fine. ISO's just wouldn't play using the Plex Client. One minor nit to pick with the Plex Client is that you can only specify an IP address, not a host name.
The Samsung Netflix app streamed content as well as the better devices I've seen. However, the Netflix UI wasn't nearly as nice as Apple TV's.
The Samsung media player remote is rather poor. It seems to be laid out and oriented more as a TV remote, than a "player" remote. The remote also doesn't allow the skipping of chapters, only fast forward and reverse.
Also, I had seen a posting that Samsung had mentioned that over-the-air ATSC/HDTV could be received with this device. I was unable to get it to work with OTA ATSC, which I can receive by my Tivo.
I haven't played with some of the other features of the Samsung Media Player yet.
There is no OTA tuner - only a cable tuner. You don't have to use a cablecard though but without one - no guide data.
Yes I can confirm the unit will not pass DTS in any shape or form.
I plan to keep mine more for the excellent amazon instant app than anything else !
I have two SiliconDust Homerun Prime's hooked up to 4 HTPCs, and two extenders (ceton echo and xbox360). A bit disappointed with Ceton's original claims and failure to add Netflix, Hulu, etc. However, this product seems to be something I could add in my house. I don't care for DVR functionality in my bedroom, so this would be great for watching late night tv news, morning news, and neflix movies here and there.
I totally agree with a lot of posters about the lack of a DVR. I mean, that's what the Ceton Q was supposed to be, but we all know that the Q never made it to production. Samsung is basically offering a Ceton Q without the DVR and Blu-ray drive for under $150. I'm buying the Samsung GX-SM530CF. With the USB port and added ability to connect to a pc, I'm sure I can still access my video files.
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