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Samsung BD-D8500

Samsung BD-D8500
alaScore 83

144 reviews

Jan, 2017

alaTest has collected and analyzed 144 reviews of Samsung BD-D8500. The average rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Blu-ray Players for all reviews. Views about the reliability and design are generally positive, whereas there are some less positive reviews about the price.

usability, design, reliability


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Blu-ray Players the Samsung BD-D8500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 23 user reviews of Samsung BD-D8500 from The average user rating for this product is 3.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Blu-ray Players on People really like the reliability. The design is also appreciated, but some have doubts about the price.

usability, design, reliability


61% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung BD-D8500 Blu-ray 3D Player with Freeview HD and PVR Upto 500GBSamsung BD-D8500 Blu-ray 3D Player with Freeview HD and PVR Upto 500GB

Jan, 2017

Expert review by: (

Samsung BD-D8500 review


Why take two hi-def sources into the shower when you can simply watch ‘n' go with Samsung's latest Blu-ray player/Freeview HD PVR combi? By forcing these two products into shared accommodation, Samsung is putting an unfeasible amount of content at your...

Abundant features; attractive new GUI; picture performance; Smart Hub and slick networking features

Slightly sluggish operation; can’t record two channels

Feb, 2012

Expert review by: Jamie Carter (

Samsung BD-D8500 - Pocket-lint


The high price and heavyweight size will put many off, but this 3D Blu-ray player-cum-HDD recorder's combination of unusual features make it a niche

Freeview HD, PVR functions, 3D pictures, BBC iPlayer

Single Freeview tuner, 2D-to-3D conversion, no multichannel 7.1 outputs

The high price and heavyweight size will put many off, but this 3D Blu-ray player-cum-HDD recorder’s combination of unusual features make it a niche product extraordinaire. Top quality 3D is the icing on an enticing high-end package that marries BBC...

Apr, 2011

Expert review by: Danny Phillips (

Samsung BD-D8500 review


We test a combination package of Blu-ray player with Freeview HD PVR and find Samsung has catered for almost every need

Abundant features ; Attractive new GUI ; Picture performance ; Smart Hub and slick networking features

Slightly sluggish operation ; Can't record two channels

Apr, 2011

Expert review by: (

Samsung BD-D8500 review


Samsung's much-delayed combination includes both a twin-tuner Freeview HD PVR and a 3D Blu-ray player. Picture quality is great either way, while Samsung's Smart Hub portal provides you with a massive reserve of online entertainment to play with. Read...

Mar, 2013

Expert review by: (

Samsung BD-D8500M review


Combination set-top boxes make a lot of sense; they take up less room under a TV than separates, need fewer cables and consume less power. Samsung's BD-D8500M combines a Blu-ray player, Freeview HD decoder and 500GB hard disk recorder into a single...

An amazingly extensive feature set and excellent user interface make the BD-D8500M a fantastic all-in-one set-top box, but the single-channel recording is disappointing.

May, 2011

Expert review by: What Hi-Fi? (

Samsung BD-D8500 review


This clever box of tricks offers almost the complete home recording and smart TV package

Great spec ; good pictures from tuner and Blu-ray ; decent sound ; smart TV features ; 500GB hard drive

Smart TV apps are a work in progress

If feature-packed, fine-performing examples of 21st century convergence are your bag, add this player to your checklist

May, 2011


Expert review by: Danny Phillips (

Samsung BD-D8500


We take an exclusive look at Samsung's new Blu-ray player/Freeview HD recorder, and marvel at its mind-blowing feature list.

Lengthy feature list ; Excellent Internet and DLNA functionality ; Blu-ray & HD channel picture quality

Sluggish in operation ; Smart Hub needs more catch-up TV content ; Can?t record two channels simultaneously

All things considered, the BD-D8500 is a mind-blowing product. Few Blu-ray players can match its staggeringly generous range of features, which includes Freeview HD recording, built-in Wi-Fi, 3D playback and easy-to-use networking tools. Most...

Mar, 2011

Consumer review by: Kirsty (

Samsung BD-D8500


Looks nice, picture qaulity is good

Says in the tech discription has a hard drive to record but cannot find anything about this in the manual on how to use or on the remote control. Manual is very basic and not in enough depth

Feb, 2012

Consumer review by: Helen (

Samsung BD-D8500


easy to set up and use, stylish looking, so far it's done everything I want it to

can't seem to get 4OD, when I try and use the internet search function it doesn't help. Better instructions on this function would be beneficial however there is a helpline phone number which I plan to try

Jan, 2012

Consumer review by: Jim (

Samsung BD-D8500


HDMI cable not included in the price

Jan, 2012

Product Specifications


BD Live: Yes
DLNA certified: Yes
DVB-T2: No
Electronic Program Guide (EPG):No / Yes
IPTV (Internet Protocol Television): No
Media Player:Audio
Progressive Scan: No
Show View: No
Video-on-Demand (VoD): Yes
Web Content Access: Yes


CI Plus: No
DVI Interface: No
Ethernet: Yes
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
Type of Memory Stick Interface : No
Type of SD Card Interface : No
USB Interface: Yes
W-LAN Connection: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes

General Features

1080p Upscaling:No / Yes
3D: Yes
DVD Player / Recorder:DVD Player / DVD Recorder
Integrated VCR: No
Static / Portable:Static
Table / Portable:Table


Blu-ray Playback: Yes
DivX Playback: Yes
DVD Audio Playback: No
DVD-R Playback: Yes
DVD-RAM Playback: No
DVD-RW Playback: Yes
DVD+R Playback: Yes
DVD+RW Playback: Yes
HD-DVD Playback: No
PC Streaming: No
Super Audio CD Playback: No
Super Video CD / Video CD Playback: No


Blu-ray Recording: No
Double Layer Recording: No
DVD-R Recording:No / Yes
DVD-RAM Recording: No
DVD-RW Recording: No
DVD+R Recording: No
DVD+RW Recording: No
HD-DVD Recording: No
MP3 Encoding: No
MPEG4 Recording: No
USB Recording: No


DTS Decoder:DTS HD Decoder
Real Dolby:Dolby Digital Plus / True HD