Summary: There are so many problems with this PVR that I am too tired to list them all. Fundamentally, the firmware is buggy, the tuner is weak and the user interface was thrown together by an amateur. Customer service in the UK is unable to fix problems and unwilling escalate them. It is less than two years old but I look forward to replacing it soon with some decent technology.
Summary: I read the bad reviews about this unit, but went ahead and bought it to go with my new Samsung TV. Huge mistake. Bought on 18/10/2012 had to go for repair in April 2013 (straight after a software update). Now it's gone wrong again ( again after a software update ). And guess what, Samsung are no longer interested - it's 3 months out of it's warranty, and they will only give you the name of a local repairer - so I'm on my own.
Summary: First I realize you cannot give 0 star!! but a minimum of 1 : consider mine as 0 star, a disaster... Bought that product for the same reason as many others: had a samsung TV then thought it would add value to get the same vendor for both appliances. What a mistake I did. - After 7 months of buying the E8900, come back home after a few days to realize no program was recorded. - The two tuners were broken, but luckily it was still under warranty...
Summary: This is a terrible (and expensive) machine - steer clear of it. Having noticed the extraordinary high number of '1' star reviews on Amazon (17 out of 41 reviews), Amazon should seriously consider withdrawing this heap of junk from their site. Problems are numerous, similar to other 1 star reviews. Maybe they should introduce a `Lemon' symbol instead of a Star! The Amazon reviews confirm my experience that this Samsung machine is plagued with all sorts of `bugs'.
Summary: Bought this to go with my 8000 serires tv, (which is great) However even with the bad reviews i thought i'd give it a go. Unfortunately mine did not even power up! Called samsung who would repair not replace-not happy as only 3 days old. Amazon were/are great and awaiting courier to pick it up for a refund. Now wondering what one to buy!!!!
New User but with all the Smart TV updates very impressed so far
6 January 2013
Summary: New User but with all the Smart TV updates very impressed so far. Blu-Ray, BBC iplayer, YouTube, Freeview HD, Recording and pausing live TV, Twitter, Picasa and internet browsing all work well along with all the other apps that are available to download. It has transformed my TV. Not tested the All-Play feature yet.
Summary: With lots of features this box appeared quite good value when compared to other similar boxes. Also I have a Samsung TV so made sense to get Samsung Bluray player so that remote controls worked together etc. I ignored several of the bad reviews associated with this product assuming firmware teething problems that would quickly go away. This turned out to be an error of judgement.
Summary: My original thought was to buy a HDD HD recorder. By adding the 3D BlueRay facility I have not just a recorder device, but two HD tuners to record simultainiously when good programs clash! It even allows us to watch two channels together using Dual View or on screen! It acts as an extension to our home WiFi network connectivity and we Allshare our photo's and music. We watch DVD's and listen to CD's also.
Summary: I actually bought this as part of a cash back package and didn't see any of these reviews until after I'd had it for a couple of weeks. As someone else said, if you're coming from a humax box, then you'll be disappointed with the interface and frilly bits - I REALLY miss the programmable forward skip button :( The menu structure is confused and confusing with several ways to get to recordings, but only one way to delete them.