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# 209085 12-Mar-2017 10:30
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Hi,

Does anyone have any experience recording Freeview with the Samsung 2016 k5500 series TVs? I am thinking of getting one and have a few questions:

1. Can you record to a USB flash drive or do you need to use a HDD?

2. Can you watch another Freeview programme while recording? (Or watch Netflix while it is recording a Freeview programme in the background?)

3. Do the Tv need to be 'on' (displaying a picture) to record or does it record while in 'standby'

4. I'm presuming that it records form the Freeview EPG information. Does it have any type of series link functionality.

I'm looking at this series as I want a 32 inch TV with Freeview Plus, Netflix and Lightbox that has the ability to record Freeview,

Thanks

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  # 1735121 12-Mar-2017 10:44
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Forget any TV's internal recording as being of any use to you. They all are so limited that its not worth it.

 

EPG? Hardly. Its a red button you press and it records on all the ones I have bothered trying on. Then stop when done. Only when watching, single tuner so cant watch anything else when its recording - even off the same mux.





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  # 1735155 12-Mar-2017 11:33
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Just download the manual and read it!


 
 
 
 




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  # 1735241 12-Mar-2017 13:32
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B1GGLZ:

Just download the manual and read it!



Yes I have done that but it doesn't really answer the questions. Just wondered if anyone had any real work experience with this TV

It does mention that it must be a HDD and not a flash drive, but also maybe someone has tried a flash drive

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  # 1735247 12-Mar-2017 13:56
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try it yourself? its really not that hard if you have a flash drive lying around

 

how does the TV know its a HDD and not a flash drive when both are plugged in via USB? i would say they suggest HDD because of the capacity rather than it not working. a 16gb flash drive might only give you a few hours of recording.




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  # 1735250 12-Mar-2017 14:03
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Jase2985:

 

try it yourself? its really not that hard if you have a flash drive lying around

 

how does the TV know its a HDD and not a flash drive when both are plugged in via USB? i would say they suggest HDD because of the capacity rather than it not working. a 16gb flash drive might only give you a few hours of recording.

 

 

 

 

Haven't bought the TV yet...

 

I agreed with you that how does the TV know what the device is, so I think they should work, just wanted to see if  anyone has tried it.


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  # 1735253 12-Mar-2017 14:11
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There are many different USB protocols for storage devices, if it shows as a hard drive then windows will let you partition it etc, if it shows as removable storage then windows will only make a partition over the whole capacity of it. Easy as for the TV to detect what the device is and behave differently.





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  # 1735312 12-Mar-2017 15:07
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Don't know about that particular model, however, my Samsung (UAD6600 about 6 years old) encrypts the recording so it can only be played back on the same TV. I think they all do this. Further, it will record only up to the time the EPG says the programme finishes... to bad if the programme over runs the time, you will never get to see if 'the butler did it'.

 

I can live with it being encrypted, but not being able to set the record finish time (IE set an overrun of say 10 mins) later than the EPG, makes recordings totally useless to me. 

 

Add to that not being able to have a keyboard plugged in... so typing using the remote control is sooooooooooo slow, the so called smart TV is anything but! Wont be buying another smart Samsung TV!

 

And don't hold your breath waiting for a firmware update to fix these things!

 

On the plus side, the picture is excellent. So I will buy Samsung TVs again, but only as a monitor, all recordings will be done externally. - As well as browsing the internet etc!


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  # 1735340 12-Mar-2017 16:42
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I have a Samsung TV UA40JU6400

 

I have added a HDD to the USB port to enable recording and live pause capability.

 

It is OK for live pause and yes you can record but the interface is terrible and not easy to use at all so I do not use it for recording at all. To record I still use my Magic TV freeview box the I have connected to the TV and when I want to watch a recorded programme just switch the TV input to that.

 

Also have an Apple TV4 connected for streaming that works well.

 

I would never recommend the Samsung TV for the recording function - I don't know why a company like Samsung cannot provide a usable interface for this.

 

No other problems with the TV - good picture 




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  # 1735348 12-Mar-2017 16:52
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Looks like Magic TV is no longer Available?

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