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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?

Our Verdict

For

  • Excellent HD & SD pictures
  • Versatility with digital media
  • User interface

Against

  • Single Freeview HD tuner
  • No Freeview+HD functionality
  • Over-complicated remote

There's no facility for 3D Blu-ray playback (for that consider this or Blu-ray recordings, but for anyone looking for an all-in-one solution, the BD-C8500 has little competition save its 250GB-endowed variant, the BD-C8200M, and Panasonic's DMR-XW380 DVD recorder or DMR-BW780/880 Blu-ray recorder.

Fitted with a 500GB hard disk and a single Freeview HD tuner, the BD-C8500 can pause and rewind live TV and record 120 hours of HD programmes.

Samsung's Internet@TV online video platform is also present, as is AllShare DLNA streaming from a PC or Mac on the same home network, playback of DivX HD (MKV) files, compatibility with Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master Audio, and a link to All Media Guide (AMG), which sees any audio CD inserted correctly named (and even ripped to the HDD).

Rear

On the rear of the unit is a HDMI output, Ethernet LAN (though the deck also has a Wi-Fi card built-in), RF in and out, component video, composite video, analogue audio out, digital optical audio out and two CAM slots for adding Top-Up TV viewing cards – now that's impressive.

Tech Specs

Product TypeBlu-ray Disc Player
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
HDMIYes
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
Height61.5
Width430 mm
Depth300 mm
ColourBlack
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelBD-C8500M
Product NameBD-C8500M BD Player
Manufacturer Part NumberBD-C8500M/XEU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
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