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Topic # 185359 19-Nov-2015 13:58
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Hi 
I bought off trade me a 2nd hand Samsung BD-E5300 blu ray player, the auction blurb said that it supported Vudu. And since I wanted to use Vudu I thought great, and went and bought the player.
Well it turns out that the US firmware for this model has Samsung SmartHub (I believe this is like an app store) where Vudu could be downloaded and installed on the blu ray player, however the NZ version of the BD-E5300 lacks SmartHub and so no additional apps can be installed. (There is a native youtube app built in to the firmware, and that is the only app). So this actual player doesn't support Vudu. I thought about returning the player but we needed the DVD capabilities urgently for business purposes and apart from the lack of Smarthub it serves it purpose well.

Anyway, is it possible to install the US firmware on to a NZ player and have it work correctly? Or is this just a recipe for bricking the device? (I have already downloaded the US firmware from the Samsung US website and it can be installed via the USB port of the blu ray player)

I use a smart dns service so access to the Vudu catalogue is not a problem, provided I can get the Vudu app on the player.

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  Reply # 1431130 19-Nov-2015 14:04
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you dont need to install firmware, just change the region.

quick google search found this

http://www.eyeondemand.com/2013/02/07/how-to-changing-your-samsung-tvs-country-app-store/


I've done it on my samsung 2013 tvs and a samsung 2012 bluray player.  Pretty simple to do.



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  Reply # 1431149 19-Nov-2015 14:08
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reven: you dont need to install firmware, just change the region.

quick google search found this

http://www.eyeondemand.com/2013/02/07/how-to-changing-your-samsung-tvs-country-app-store/


I've done it on my samsung 2013 tvs and a samsung 2012 bluray player.  Pretty simple to do.


Hi Reven 
thanks for your quick response. I had already seen that post on eyeondemand, but the problem is there is no smarthub on the player. 

Step 2 in the instructions is: Power up your TV and enter the smart hub by pressing the appropriate key on the Samsung remote. 

There is no smarthub button on the remote that I am aware of. And I've pressed almost all of them.


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  Reply # 1431155 19-Nov-2015 14:10
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Oh no smart hub == no smart apps, sorry looks like you were misinformed about what the player can do.

Some without smart hub can do very basic apps but I think its limited to netflix and youtube.  thats it.


of course I could be completely wrong, and you might be able to simple install different firmware, but I highly doubt it.

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