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post #1651 of 7069
While I know these forums can be compared to doctors' offices in that those plagued with problems tend to comment more often and vocally than those who are without trouble, I must say I have been incredibly happy with what I see as the sleeper of mid-range blu ray players. I have been incredibly happy with the reliability and quality of these players (all of which i use with 1080p sets and bitstream audiophile). well done samsung.
post #1652 of 7069
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Originally Posted by winston9332 View Post

While I know these forums can be compared to doctors' offices in that those plagued with problems tend to comment more often and vocally than those who are without trouble, I must say I have been incredibly happy with what I see as the sleeper of mid-range blu ray players. I have been incredibly happy with the reliability and quality of these players (all of which i use with 1080p sets and bitstream audiophile). well done samsung.

Agreed
post #1653 of 7069
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Originally Posted by Josuah View Post

You may want to call Netflix customer support to see what the problem is, assuming your ISP allows you to sustain 16-22Mbps.

A few of us have already ID'd the issue as old firmware not Netflix. The OP needs to update his firmware to get HD streaming.
post #1654 of 7069
Anyone know how to access the pandora account that you set up through the player? I wanted to add some stations without having to use the onscreen keyboard? I'm not sure how to go back into that account with the code I was given when first setting up the player.
post #1655 of 7069
I'm curious. I have a Sony 60A3000 RPTV. I just sold a Panny BD30 after 10 months and tried a Panny BD55. I wasn't that impressed with either, yet they get such high scores. A while back I'd tried a Samsung BD-UP5000 but sent it back when HDDVD lost and I'd paid so much. The picture on that was great. I must say the BD-2550 has a better picture too. I'm betting all the reviews that hail the BD35 and 55 use LCD TVs but they just don't look good on RPTVs. Neither did their highly praised upconverting DVD players of a few years ago. Am I the only one with this opinion? The HQV chip seems to work better on my TV than the others.
post #1656 of 7069
Well I watched my first HD netflix show ( hero's ) and I have to say it's not bad at all. Not as good as my cable HD watching the same show but definately very good. I'm not sure it's that much better than the SD they have right now but I hope as this progresses they will up the bit rate and give us better PQ. Not to mention I got HD on the first show but when I tried to watch the second I lost 2 bars and can't get the HD.
post #1657 of 7069
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Originally Posted by smallhometheater View Post

Anyone know how to access the pandora account that you set up through the player? I wanted to add some stations without having to use the onscreen keyboard? I'm not sure how to go back into that account with the code I was given when first setting up the player.

Can't you just access the account online via your PC? And do you not have the Pandora icon on the start screen? Sounds like you can't access Pandora via the player.

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Originally Posted by smallhometheater View Post

Well I watched my first HD netflix show ( hero's ) and I have to say it's not bad at all. Not as good as my cable HD watching the same show but definately very good. I'm not sure it's that much better than the SD they have right now but I hope as this progresses they will up the bit rate and give us better PQ. Not to mention I got HD on the first show but when I tried to watch the second I lost 2 bars and can't get the HD.

Wive is watching Heroes Season 1 now. We are pretty pleased with the quality although Ep.3 was pixelating badly and audio was out of sync for the last 10 minutes. We are watching Ep 4 now and it is fine again.
post #1658 of 7069
Apologies but I set up my 2550 player before recording the serial # off the rear of the player. Does the number start 6VCQxxxxx ? Thanks.
post #1659 of 7069
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Originally Posted by georgemoe View Post

Can't you just access the account online via your PC? And do you not have the Pandora icon on the start screen? Sounds like you can't access Pandora via the player.

I have no problem at all getting to Pandora through the BDP-2550, but when i get on that way and I want to create a station to listen to I have to use the onscreen keyboard. When I first set up the account for the BDP-2550 they gave me a code to activate the player and that allowed me to use the pc to add all the stations... This is a much faster way of getting the stations on there. When I try to get back to that account I don't have a login and the activation code has expired. I was just hoping that it would work the same way the netflix does where you can enter all the content online and just access it through the BDP2550.
post #1660 of 7069
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Originally Posted by georgemoe View Post

Can't you just access the account online via your PC? And do you not have the Pandora icon on the start screen? Sounds like you can't access Pandora via the player.



Wive is watching Heroes Season 1 now. We are pretty pleased with the quality although Ep.3 was pixelating badly and audio was out of sync for the last 10 minutes. We are watching Ep 4 now and it is fine again.

I'd been a long time cable user until I hit the wall with the pixelations and micro-paneling. I've used Time Warner for years, and then not too long ago went with a smaller provider where my wife and I moved to about 2 1/2 years ago. This provider had fiber optics and I was very pleased with the internet speeds. However, the problem with cable providers is that they step on (compress) the signal to get more HD channels in the pipeline. I'd get micro paneling and screen lock-ups occasionally.

I finally took the dive into satellite (Dish Network) and I haven't regretted it since. The PQ is better and I never see micro-paneling anymore and, it's cheaper. I'm done with cable providers and paying a premium price for less than a premium service. Time Warner and Comcast are the biggest perpetrators of compressing line signals. Until the US works out the problems that prohibit a bigger pipeline, we will continue to be faced with problems like these on our big screen HD sets.

Kinda went off on a rant there. Sorry about that.
post #1661 of 7069
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Originally Posted by EDH63 View Post

I'd been a long time cable user until I hit the wall with the pixelations and micro-paneling. I've used Time Warner for years, and then not too long ago went with a smaller provider where my wife and I moved to about 2 1/2 years ago. This provider had fiber optics and I was very pleased with the internet speeds. However, the problem with cable providers is that they step on (compress) the signal to get more HD channels in the pipeline. I'd get micro paneling and screen lock-ups occasionally.

I finally took the dive into satellite (Dish Network) and I haven't regretted it since. The PQ is better and I never see micro-paneling anymore and, it's cheaper. I'm done with cable providers and paying a premium price for less than a premium service. Time Warner and Comcast are the biggest perpetrators of compressing line signals. Until the US works out the problems that prohibit a bigger pipeline, we will continue to be faced with problems like these on our big screen HD sets.

Kinda went off on a rant there. Sorry about that.



No need to apologize, I agree with you that Satellite is better PQ and as soon as my contract is up with Time warner I will be thinking about getting into Direct TV.... the problem is the cost of all the equipment, I have 3 HD DVR boxes right now and for me to replace those with Direct TV would cost me nearly $600 up front.
post #1662 of 7069
I watched Christmas Vacation on DVD last night on my 2500 and I was really impressed with the Reon HQV chip's upconversion capabilities! For the first several minutes of the film, I forgot I wasn't watching a Blu-ray! As the film progressed, I could see areas where the quality looked less than HD (some soft detail here and there plus some motion artifacts, mainly in dimly-lit areas) but for the most part, I would have thought I was watching an HD transfer of the movie. Very, very good.
post #1663 of 7069
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Originally Posted by georgemoe View Post

A few of us have already ID'd the issue as old firmware not Netflix. The OP needs to update his firmware to get HD streaming.

I'll check my firmware version shortly. Version 2.1 is the one I need right?

In addition to installing the firmware version that came with the unit, I was also prompted to upgrade a day later. Not sure if this was the latest version thought.
post #1664 of 7069
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Originally Posted by skyjuice View Post

I'll check my firmware version shortly. Version 2.1 is the one I need right?

In addition to installing the firmware version that came with the unit, I was also prompted to upgrade a day later. Not sure if this was the latest version thought.

Yes, 2.1 is the current FW. It looks like Samsung will release another FW update on the 31st, according to their site, so watch for it.

http://pages.samsung.com/us/bluraysupport/support.html


This is a direct link to the FW itself. It's the same FW version for the 2500 & 2550...

http://www.samsung.com/us/support/do...&menu=download
post #1665 of 7069
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Originally Posted by EDH63 View Post

I would be burning every FW update out for any of these players so you can always reference them if needed. I have never relied on USB updates simply because it's more time consuming and, I believe, there's more room for error.

Samsung's website, at least it used to, has the current FW and the past FW available for download. I've burned every FW update since my 1200, 1400, 1500 to my 2550 and have never had a problem updating, and now I have a FW library if I ever need to reference a past update. When there's a new FW, I'd be on the site burning it.

Just my two cents.

EDIT: Just checked their site and they are not listing past FW anymore or archiving, however, you can easily call them, which I have in the past, and request the FW and they'll send it to you free.

Hi,
thanks for your suggestions.
post #1666 of 7069
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Originally Posted by talbain View Post

it is bright. but it's only about as bright as the red light on my ps3 or the blue light on my directv box. still, you are correct, there should be a way to tune it down a bit.

I don't have a PS3 but I do have a DirecTV HR21 DVR. The blue light on that is not nearly as bright; perhaps I set it low somewhere a long time ago. In addition, that light is not even on when the box is "off". That stupid Samsung red button is always on. Since many people use a remote for on/off and using the navigation features, it is totally ridiculous that they are so prominent.
post #1667 of 7069
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Originally Posted by deromax View Post

Future Shop... the BD-P2550 at 299$ CDN with 3 free BD movies.

That's a very good buy. Thanks!
post #1668 of 7069
I just got the 2500 for Xmas. Blu-ray has been excellent as expected. I'm still trying to figure out which sounds better - 5.1 analog or digital optical - but they're certainly both great. Setup was a piece of cake, as was installing new firmware from the CD and then from the network.

I ran a quick HQV test and it seemed to pass all tests. The three moving bars are perfect - no jaggies at all. I do see a moire pattern in the stands in the race car test for about 1/10 of a second, but that's apparently well in the acceptable range. In fact, I couldn't even notice it the first 4-5 runs because it happens so quickly. And I've never seen so much detail in the video with the bridge, road and gold statue. Wow. All the cadence tests also looked good - the cups didn't jump around and the newspaper had no jaggies.

I'm very impressed so far.
post #1669 of 7069
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Originally Posted by gelphman View Post

I don't have a PS3 but I do have a DirecTV HR21 DVR. The blue light on that is not nearly as bright; perhaps I set it low somewhere a long time ago. In addition, that light is not even on when the box is "off". That stupid Samsung red button is always on. Since many people use a remote for on/off and using the navigation features, it is totally ridiculous that they are so prominent.

Brightness isn't the only issue at work here. The Sammy button is BIG. The PS3 LED is a thin sliver and not nearly as obnoxious.
post #1670 of 7069
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Originally Posted by EDH63 View Post

Yes, 2.1 is the current FW. It looks like Samsung will release another FW update on the 31st, according to their site, so watch for it.

http://pages.samsung.com/us/bluraysupport/support.html


This is a direct link to the FW itself. It's the same FW version for the 2500 & 2550...

http://www.samsung.com/us/support/do...&menu=download

I hope this release brings internal decoding of DTS-HD MA.....
post #1671 of 7069
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Originally Posted by Rikimaru View Post

I hope this release brings internal decoding of DTS-HD MA.....

That is the reported release. It is for internal decoding of this audio codec. We'll see what happens...
post #1672 of 7069
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Originally Posted by mwfielder View Post

Thanks for the follow up. I have a wireless router to which is plugged a sling link. (this is how I use my slingbox to access it from my phone). It works fine. I have another slinklink (power adaptor ethernet extender) plugged in and connected to the 2550. However, it won't connect to the internet.

This connection used to work fine plugged into my HD20 Receiver from DirecTV. However, it won't connect now either. It must have something to do with my Roadrunner ISP. I'm trying to see if anyone using Roadrunner has been able to connect.

Finally got it to work. I ended up getting a new Wireless Router and a Wireless Gaming Link. Now it works like a charm... Old router (Gateway WGR200) and slinglink didn't work... New router (Linksys WRT 610N) and gaming adaptor (Linksys WGA600N) does. Little pricey, but wanted the optimum performance for the home needs. ($199 and $99)
post #1673 of 7069
How long does the firmware update take over the LAN. It downloaded the update fine, but it's been on the update screen for over 30 mins after the download completed.
post #1674 of 7069
I just bought the sammy bd-p2500. Once I turned it on and did the basics in the setup, I downloaded the latest firmware update (2.1). It was taking forever so I walked away. I came back about an hour later and saw the unit off. I turned it on and saw the added Netflix in the menu. I tried playing the football disk that came with the unit and it said it could not be read. I assumed the new upgrade was too 'new' for the disk. Well I just received 4 blue rays in the mail and all 4 cannot play with the same error of being able to read disk. I guess I will call Samsung tomorrow, but looking for any advice this evening. Thanks
post #1675 of 7069
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Originally Posted by richie731 View Post

I just bought the sammy bd-p2500. Once I turned it on and did the basics in the setup, I downloaded the latest firmware update (2.1). It was taking forever so I walked away. I came back about an hour later and saw the unit off. I turned it on and saw the added Netflix in the menu. I tried playing the football disk that came with the unit and it said it could not be read. I assumed the new upgrade was too 'new' for the disk. Well I just received 4 blue rays in the mail and all 4 cannot play with the same error of being able to read disk. I guess I will call Samsung tomorrow, but looking for any advice this evening. Thanks

I have the latest firmware and have not had problems with any Blu Ray's. I would return it and get a new one.
post #1676 of 7069
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Originally Posted by VisionOn View Post

Have you tried removing the switch from the problem?

Every additional device in the HDMI chain is a potential troublemaker and I wouldn't put my faith in a video switcher at the best of times. Especially with HDCP.

I took the switch out and connected directly with a dual female hdmi cable extender to my projector and it works. Now the question is, is the player still defective? If I switch to a new player would I have the same issue?

I'm saying this because this switch has worked with every hdmi I have thrown at it from multiple hd-dvd players, samsung upconvert dvd player, samsung hd-dvd/blu-ray combo player, sony megachanger, cable box, xbox 360, ps3. It seems strange that this particular player doesn't work with the switch all of the sudden.

I only have one hdmi input out of my projector and don't want to unplug and plug anytime I use this blu-ray player. Any suggestions?
post #1677 of 7069
I got two different pandora accounts and accidentally activated the wrong Pandora account with the code generated from my DB-P2550 player. I dont see options to deactivate pandora account.

How do i deactivate a pandora account which is already registered in Samsung BD-P2550 player?
How do i generate another code?


I was searching in internet for more than couple of hours and i found this is THE only place i can solve my problem.
post #1678 of 7069
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Originally Posted by EDH63 View Post

Thank you for that clarification. Just to be sure in my scenario, all HDMI set-up (Bitstreaming Audiophile), receiver decodes and all audio codecs are processed? I have a receiver that can decode all codecs. I can switch back and forth, or pre-set the receiver to use whatever mode I assign to it... yes? (Onkyo 705)

Sounds right. With your receiver, and with only HDMI connect, you should still pay attention to the caveats (...fine print) in the manual describing any limitations.

I don't have a HDMI receiver yet, but caveat #7 on page 37 in the manual "When the player outputs HD audio......only 2 channel PCM audio will be heard." suggests you do not use the optical connection. This bullet point was surprising since I didn't get 2 channel PCM as indicated by the manual. But, in my case my receiver is not a HDMI 1.3 receiver, just a plain old 6.1 DD/dts receiver with optical inputs.

When I get a HDMI receiver, only will I get a chance to play with all the settings and configs.

Someone else here on the forum with HDMI 1.3 connection setup should be able to further advise. Sorry...
post #1679 of 7069
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Originally Posted by Ken54321 View Post

I took the switch out and connected directly with a dual female hdmi cable extender to my projector and it works. Now the question is, is the player still defective? If I switch to a new player would I have the same issue?

Well the definition of "defective" is relative. Is the player at fault, the projector or the switch? Somewhere in the chain the implementation of HDMI/HDCP in one component is not agreeing with something else. Depending on who you ask each manufacturer could say their HDMI hardware is working fine and within spec.

Using HDMI between lots of devices is still the luck of the draw. If you read a few posts back you'll see a couple of us having issues with HDMI switching and the Samsung's 24fps mode on Onkyo/Integra receivers. That's despite my other devices working fine.

So the only options you have are to live with it and find a workaround, - maybe shoot Samsung an email to report it - or buy a different model and cross your fingers.

Based on the fact there are now a few of us having HDMI connectivity issues with different devices it's possible Samsung may tweak something in a firmware update. Hold out to see what the next update brings then make your choice.
post #1680 of 7069
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Originally Posted by brclark82 View Post

How long does the firmware update take over the LAN. It downloaded the update fine, but it's been on the update screen for over 30 mins after the download completed.

I've completed 2 firmware updates with mine successfully via LAN (I'm running mine wirelessly as well) and yes it takes a long time but be patient it will update just fine.
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