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Samsung BD-H5500 review

 Review: November 2014  

Rating: 4 stars

In a nutshell: The BD-H5500 Blu-Ray player includes 3D playback and apps for BBC iPlayer, Netflix and YouTube. It's excellent value, but lacks Wi-Fi support.


Design & looks

The Samsung BD-H5500 Blu-Ray player has an unusual asymmetric design with a curved corner. Apart from this, the design is quite plain, with a tray deck and touch key control button. The player is Energy Star 2.0 compliant and in-use energy consumption is an almost negligible 9.8W.


The player can play 2D and 3D Blu-Ray disks as well as DVDs, including DVD+/-R and DVD+/-RW. It can also play CDs, including CD-R and CD-RW.

When playing DVDs, the player can upscale to HD using Samsung's BD Wise feature. This also adjusts settings such as contrast and colour balance, and gives the best results for older DVDs.

Audio quality is good, with support for HD audio formats.

Smart TV

The BD-H5500 includes popular Smart TV apps like YouTube, BBC iPlayer, and Netflix.


The player connects to a HD Ready TV via HDMI and there's a coaxial digital audio output for connecting to an external speaker system.

A USB port in the front panel lets you plug in a USB or external hard drive and access music, photos or videos on your TV.

An ethernet connection enables internet access, but there's no built-in Wi-Fi.

If you have a Samsung TV, the Anynet+ feature lets you use just one remote control to control both devices.

Conclusion - an excellent 3D player, but missing Wi-Fi

The BD-H5500 is Samsung's entry-level Blu-Ray player in its 2014 line-up. In its favour, it's cheap and includes playback of 3D disks. It also comes with Smart TV apps and ethernet connectivity. However, there's no built-in Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi option, and the functionality can be quite limited.

Samsung BD-H5500 features include:

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Does this dvd player have built in Freebview ?

Asked by Dan from England on 25th Jan 2017
Regards and thanks.

Where can I find a full list of internet apps for this player thanks?

Asked by Dan from England on 25th Jan 2017

Does the Samsung BD-H5500 support Netflix?

Asked by Nikos Kyriazis from Greece on 28th Apr 2016
Netflix is available in Greece. I can see it on my apple TV and Samsung smart TV. But I dont get the Netflix icon on My blu ray player. Can I fix that? Thank you.

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Reviewed by Rico Masters from United Kingdom on 13th Apr 2015
This fantastic device packs incredible power into a very small price.

It will make any "dumb" TV into a smart TV as well as allowing playback of a wide variety of content from USB devices, CD/DVD/BLU-RAY, Network attached stoage, DropBox, Google and DLNA servers.

What I liked particulary was that all the main players work (ITV, BBC, 4oD, Five), along with Netflix, LoveFilm (Amazon Instant Video).

The DNS can be chnaged to allow services such as UnoTelly to perform their magic.

Considering that you can two of these for the price of one Apple TV, this is an incomparably great deal.

The lack of WiFi support is no problem. Easily resolved with a 7.50 piece of equipment called a wireless bridge (e.g. https://bit.ly/edimaxx ). You could perhaps even power it via the USB port!

Reviewed by David from South Africa on 16th Mar 2015
This machine has DLNA, cant it stream from NAS through that?

Reviewed by Roger Rotor from Switzerland on 24th Jan 2015
simple to use, excellent performance. I missed not having a readout, but overall an excellent product at a superlative pricepoint.
I was thinking of buying the Oppo105D, but with the coming of UHD blu-ray, I decided to buy this model as a stopgap while the UHD format is being finalized.

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