Samsung BD-C8500M Blu-ray player/Freeview HD recorder review

Freeview HD recording and Blu-ray playback: has Samsung created the ultimate all-in-one?

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Pictures from any Freeview channel are excellent. Standard definition channels are upscaled very well indeed, producing a clean picture with only a small dose of picture noise and jagged edges to get in the way of an otherwise enjoyable picture. Tune into one of the three Freeview HD channels and the results improve significantly, with recordings made on the hard disk exquisite and identical to the original broadcasts.


Activate the deck's Movie Frame 24Fs mode and Blu-ray playback is smooth and detailed, though this is a noisy machine; it starts-up quickly yet audibly shudders between chapters on a Blu-ray or DVD disc.

DivX HD files – whether played from a DVD-R, CD-R, via a PC using DLNA, or from a USB stick – are excellent, though there is the occasional scanning and jerkiness issue and there were significant lip-sync issue on some trailers we tried.

Although the interface contains moving thumbnails of recordings and video files, they only kick-in after you've viewed the file, which doesn't make much sense.

Tech Specs

Product TypeBlu-ray Disc Player
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
Wireless LANYes
Sound SystemDolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS HD
Brand NameSamsung
Audio FormatsCD-DA, AAC, MP3, WMA
FeaturesVideo Upconversion, Bonus View, Screen Saver
Video FormatsBD Video, DVD Video, MPEG-2, VC-1, AVCHD, DivX HD, MKV, MP4, WMV, 3GP
Width430 mm
Depth300 mm
Product ModelBD-C8500M
Product NameBD-C8500M BD Player
Manufacturer Part NumberBD-C8500M/XEU
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Now you can enjoy movies, music and photos from your PC and other mobile devices, right on your Samsung TV screen. With Samsung's Allshare (powered by DLNA) you can wirelessly sync your PC and Samsung mobile phone with your Blu-ray player, streaming content and even keeping tabs on who's calling and texting you with real-time monitoring on your screen.

Package Contents
  • BD-C8500M BD Player
  • Remote Control
Weight (Approximate)3.80 kg