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post #1501 of 1610
Thanks for the reply.
Another struggle that has popped up is the fact that Amazon is not an available app from Samsung. I see that has been discussed Ad nauseam and always seems to be 'coming soon'.

The experience with the C5500 is just too limited without the keyboard. I think we might consider an external STB that gives us a bit more web experience and just use the C5500 as a Blu Ray player, which is fine, I just hate to add another device.
THANKS
Lakedawgs
post #1502 of 1610
I primarily use the BD-C5500 for Netflix and for playing local video from my network server. It works really well for both of those purposes, so I'm happy enough with it. For the sources I watch less frequently I just plug in my laptop via HDMI. It's less convenient, but ok for infrequent use. A general-purpose Windows computer covers all the options much better than any of the alternatives.
post #1503 of 1610
Does this blu ray player (BD-C5500) support Skype? Getting lots of mixed info on the net about that.

And...if it does--does anyone here use it? What kind of camera does it support (a standard web/usb one, or something more proprietary)?

Any info would be great--unbelievable there's such scant info out there about setting up a samsung Blu Ray with Skype.

Thanks!

-Daniel
post #1504 of 1610
The BD-C5500 does not support Skype, and there is no camera option for it.

Skype on the big screen TV is great for family gatherings, especially during the holidays, but we have to plug in a laptop to do it.
post #1505 of 1610
im still hanging in with the player. The main thing that holds me to it is DIVX support as i recorded / burned some DVDs in that format. As far as netflix it lacked subtitle support last i knew and was very sluggish loading. Add in it required a separate dongle for WI-FI i no longer use the internet part of it . I did a factory reset some time back and don't even have the internet stuff installed i just use it as a blu-ray player / DVD player / DIVX support.
post #1506 of 1610
I like this player because it can play mkv and other video files via a flash drive.

Have any of you figured out how author avchd and or copy the mkv files to flash so the player can FF or skip chapters?
Navigation seems unavailable when I play back.. Also, How do you get subtitles to turn on & off.
Thanks.
post #1507 of 1610
I think if you work back up this thread you'll find out how to do that. When I was using this player I used a tool on Linux to remux MP4 files to MKV with chapters. You won't get a menu but the next and previous buttons will work. The tool is MKV Files Creator and may exist on Windows too.
post #1508 of 1610
You can remux MKV files to get FF functionality, but it won't work on all files. I just started using MKVToMp4 v0.222, and I am pleased with the results.

It's freeware and works with most file types including flv.

It repacks your videos to Mp4 which works well with Samsung BD players. I can now fast forward, and play files that I could not before.

The program has a good GUI and also has options to re-encode, if you wish to do so.

I lost FF capability with MKVs after the last firmware update, so "upgrade" at your own risk.
Edited by JackMcGee1 - 12/15/12 at 5:43pm
post #1509 of 1610
a few notes:
Samsung website is out of date. It shows the last FW update was back in January 2012 1025.1 . I reconnected to the internet yesterday and a 1027.? was available. I took it. Netflix loads much better and quicker making this usable again.
post #1510 of 1610
Firmware version 1027 was just released yesterday. The previous version was 1025. It's unclear what's new, since the release notes are as vague as usual (see the list under the BD-6500 thread). I think I'll wait a couple of months and see if anyone else encounters major problems before I install it.
post #1511 of 1610
mine is in and installed. Hope nothing goes haywire.
post #1512 of 1610
I hope that this is the right place to post this. I have the BD-C5500 connected directly into my HW-E450 soundbar via HDMI and am wondering what the best audio settings are for the BD player. Here are the setting choices with the default choices bolded:

Digital Output - PCM, Bitstream (Re-encode), or Bitstream (Audiophile)
PCM Downsampling - On or off
Dynamic Range Control - Auto, off, or on
Downmixing Mode - Normal stereo or Surround compatible
DTS Neo: 6 - Off, Cinema, or Music

In case anyone needs it, here are the manuals:

BD player: http://downloadcenter.samsung.com/content/UM/201107/20110704101254757/01854A-BD-C5500_C5500C-XAA-ENG-BM-1006.pdf
Soundbar: http://downloadcenter.samsung.com/content/UM/201202/20120221083917862/HW-E450-USA-ENG-IB_0203.pdf

I see this information listed on pages 33-34 in the BD player manual but I don't know what I'm reading.biggrin.gif

Any help is appreciated. Thanks.smile.gif
Edited by Doctego - 12/22/12 at 3:16am
post #1513 of 1610
The table on page 33 of the BD-C5500 manual shows what audio format is output to the different connectors based on the settings you select. With your settings, if you are using the optical output, you are sending only 2 channel stereo to the sound bar. If you are using the HDMI connector, you are sending multi-channel sound to the sound bar.
post #1514 of 1610
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Originally Posted by amesdp View Post

The table on page 33 of the BD-C5500 manual shows what audio format is output to the different connectors based on the settings you select. With your settings, if you are using the optical output, you are sending only 2 channel stereo to the sound bar. If you are using the HDMI connector, you are sending multi-channel sound to the sound bar.

Thanks for the reply. That much I get. My ignorance on the table itself is where the problem lies. Can you (or anyone else) tell me the best settings to use for maximum sound quality? I could have sworn that I posted this above but I didn't. I have my BD player connected directly to the soundbar via HDMI. I will correct it above as well.
post #1515 of 1610
It probably doesn't make enough difference for you to notice, but it's slightly preferable to send raw multi-channel PCM to the sound system IF the sound system supports the bit rate. Failing that, one of the compressed surround sound formats like DTS or Dolby Digital 5.1 would be the next best choice. Last choice would be 2-channel stereo. Unfortunately the HW-E450 manual isn't clear about what it supports, but you can just try the options and use your ears. There are often minor differences in sound balance between the different encodings that makes one sound "better" than the other in your room, regardless of of which is technically more accurate. You can also play around with the settings in the sound system to alter the balance, but really this is a question of achieving satisfactory sound to your ears in your particular listening room with a reasonable amount of fiddling. If you are satisfied, time to quit fiddling and just sit back and enjoy. smile.gif
post #1516 of 1610
I'm wondering if this player is going to get the Redbox app? I might put it back in the mix if so. I'm currently using a Sony player but whether Sony will add Rebox is a bigger question though they are licensing movies to them.
post #1517 of 1610
I think Samsung pretty much leaves it up to the individual service providers to produce their own apps, so the people to talk to would be Redbox.
post #1518 of 1610
While some of the newer players may get a red box APP in time the question is they can do an APP for this older player and shoehorn it into the available resources. They will most likely focus on newer players first and maybe back port something if they see enough demand.
post #1519 of 1610
This article says "some" Samsung devices and Bluray players. And yes I know after waiting a couple years for the Amazon app and reading their support pages that the providers provide the app.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57560154-93/redbox-instant-launches-private-beta-for-video-streaming/
post #1520 of 1610
New to the forum, I see early on this device would have problems connecting to Netflix. But I have never had that problem. Now, today, during a movie a screen came up saying it was unable to connect to the internet. My laptop still showed a connection so I was wondering “what is going on?” Hulu and Pandora still work, but Netflix said there is no internet connection.

Any thoughts?

Thanks
post #1521 of 1610
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Originally Posted by Rick Ham View Post

New to the forum, I see early on this device would have problems connecting to Netflix. But I have never had that problem. Now, today, during a movie a screen came up saying it was unable to connect to the internet. My laptop still showed a connection so I was wondering “what is going on?” Hulu and Pandora still work, but Netflix said there is no internet connection.
Any thoughts?
Thanks
Major outage on Netflix. A Cloud Service they were using went down. http://www.engadget.com/2012/12/24/netflix-outage/
https://twitter.com/netflix
post #1522 of 1610
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Originally Posted by amesdp View Post

Firmware version 1027 was just released yesterday. The previous version was 1025. It's unclear what's new, since the release notes are as vague as usual (see the list under the BD-6500 thread). I think I'll wait a couple of months and see if anyone else encounters major problems before I install it.
I would most like to know if this update installs the Cinavia anti-copy protection on the player. Even though I do not make "backup" copies of my or anyone else's discs, I much prefer to not have such a limitation on the player if I can avoid it.
post #1523 of 1610
Greetings. New C5500 owner here. I bought this model used specifically to keep my faithful X1 projector running by using the 1080i and 720p output through the component jacks. I'm very pleased with the operation and picture quality. I see the firmware has'nt been upgraded as it currently sits at 1016.1 and the newest available is 1027.0 but I haven't ran it yet. Being a little paranoid I don't want to lose the HD over component capability since that's it's primary function. I won't lose this by running the update will I?
post #1524 of 1610
As far as I am aware, all of the firmware updates for the C5500 have been to fix minor bugs and compatibility issues. Samsung is not required to add Cinavia to this pre-2012 model, and it's unlikely they would since the firmware was not originally designed for it and the memory capacity and/or performance might not be up to it. No manufacturer is going to complicate their product and add support costs unnecessarily when they aren't required to. Ditto for the component outputs - they are not required to remove support for them, and they aren't going to. This and all other recent Blu-Ray drives already support the "no analog output" flag on Blu-Ray discs, so it's up to the disc producers to decide when to use that flag.

I'm glad to see that Samsung is still updating the firmware and the app availability. I see that they have introduced new apps supporting Crackle (Sony Pictures movie site) and Viewster (another streaming movie site offering free and paid options).
post #1525 of 1610
Yay! Thanks Dude. cool.gif

My X1 lives on and now has Blu-ray and streaming capabilities. Certainly not "High" technology by today's standard but it is "Paid for" technology. biggrin.gif
post #1526 of 1610
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Originally Posted by amesdp View Post

No manufacturer is going to complicate their product and add support costs unnecessarily when they aren't required to.
I appreciate your comments, very good points.
post #1527 of 1610
Hi Chris,
I found an very old post of yours on AVS indicating you have (or had) a service manual for the Magnavox VH8000. I recently bought one that powers on but does not play. Sorry to be off-thread but this is my first AVS post and I couldn't figure out how to contact you otherwise. Can you suggest how I might be able to obtain a copy of the manual as I've had no luck finding one? Thanks!
furchtbar
post #1528 of 1610
I've had our Samsung BD-C550 for about six months and have mostly used it to stream Netflix. I moved it down to our family room and I have been playing Blu Ray movies and concerts. I have noticed consistent audio drops and eventually the movie lip synching gets off slightly. I have stopped the disc, started it again, and the lip synching seems to fix itself. Is there a way to fix this or has someone else had this same problem?
post #1529 of 1610
Quote:
Originally Posted by furchtbar View Post

Hi Chris,
I found an very old post of yours on AVS indicating you have (or had) a service manual for the Magnavox VH8000. I recently bought one that powers on but does not play. Sorry to be off-thread but this is my first AVS post and I couldn't figure out how to contact you otherwise. Can you suggest how I might be able to obtain a copy of the manual as I've had no luck finding one? Thanks!
furchtbar

If you go on www.samsung.com and type in the model number, you can easily find a manual in .pdf form.
post #1530 of 1610
Not sure why it would be preferable to send raw multichannel PCM over the native 5.1 dolby or DTS signal? PCM would be decoded by the player and the dolby/dts would be decoded by the AVS right?
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