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Samsung GX-SM530CF Cable Box and Streaming Media Player with Built-In Wi-Fi

by Samsung
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  • Features cable feed-in and a Cable CARD slot
  • Wi-Fi Built-In
  • Features Samsung Smart Hub with access to streaming services including Amazon Instant Video, and Netflix
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Important Notice: Supports digital channels only. Analogue broadcasting from over the air antenna or cable is not supported.

Product Information

Technical Details
Brand NameSamsung
Item Weight1.7 pounds
Product Dimensions6.8 x 9.2 x 1 inches
Item model numberGX-SM530CF
Batteries:2 AAA batteries required.
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #5,268 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight3.3 pounds
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Shipping Advisory:This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
Date First AvailableAugust 25, 2013
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Product Description

Smart Media Player

Introducing the Samsung Smart Media Player, the ultimate upgrade for any TV in your home. It serves as your cable box and gives you access to smart apps, including Amazon Instant Video and Netflix. All of it is controlled by just one remote to make your TV experience simple.

Replace Your Cable Box

Upgrading any TV has never been easier. The Smart Media Player not only makes your TV smarter, but also seamlessly integrates your cable box into one box, with one remote. It works with most cable providers, so no change is necessary, and it can even save you money: All you need is a cable card provided by your cable company, which costs less than the standard cable box and remote rental.* And unlike other media boxes, you never pay monthly service fees.

Smart Hub Apps and Service

Expand your movie and TV content with streaming apps like Amazon Instant Video and Netflix. Then choose from others including social media, gaming, music, and movie apps.

AllShare Cast

Easily share content on your portable device with others by streaming it to your TV. By connecting your portable device wirelessly, you can now send the image to the TV via the HDMI connection and share it with the rest of the room.


Get superior picture and sound from your HD source. HDMI is a digital connection that can transmit HD video and audio over a single cable. Use it to optimize the image quality when you connect your TV to high-definition sources such as HD Cable TV, satellite receiver, or a blu-ray disc player. It also feature CEC capability, so you can use a remote control handset.

BD Wise

Get vivid replay with other Samsung BD Wise products when using an HDMI connection.

Samsung GX-SM530CF Smart Media Player
Full Web Browser

Enjoy full web browsing – stream the newest videos, download your favorite apps, shop online, visit your favorite sites – and instantly switch back to live TV.

Samsung GX-SM530CF Smart Media Player
Wi-Fi Built-in

With built-in Wi-Fi, no additional cables or wires are needed to connect to your wireless network. Access all your favorite Samsung apps or other Smart Media Player features with ease.

Samsung GX-SM530CF Smart Media Player

Share content seamlessly from your smartphone, tablet, computer, and other devices to your TV and vice versa from anywhere, inside and outside. This means the photos, videos, and music on your phone can be instantly shared with family and friends on the TV.

Anynet+ (HDMI- CEC)

With Samsung’s Anynet+ you’ll enjoy one-touch control for all of your HDMI-connected compatible devices like your Samsung TV, blu-ray disc player, AV receiver, and home theater.

  • Digital cable subscription, analog cable (IPTV service not supported)**
  • cableCARD drive and/or tuning adapter from your cable company
  • Broadband Internet connection
  • TV with HDMI input (HDMI cable not included)
Inputs and Outputs
  • HDMI Output
  • Optical Digital Audio Outputs
  • USB 2.0
  • Video: MPEG-1/2, MPEG-4, DivX HD, MKV, WMV, VP8
  • Audio: Dolby Digital +, LPCM, ADPCM, AAC, MP3, WMA, FLAC, OGG, WAV
  • Photo: JPEG, PNG, BMP
  • Playback Media: Compatible with high-definition TVs with HDMI and capable of 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p
  • cableCARD: Yes

* The difference between cost of leasing a box vs cableCARD from the cable company. The savings may vary by operators.
** Cable company’s video on demand, pay per view, and other data services are not available.

Customer Reviews

Samsung support doesn't seem to even know they sell this product, so technical help via phone is hopeless.
As of now, I am satisfied that I can receive more channels on my TV without paying the fee for a cable box provided from the cable company.
K. Osborne
This worked great, once I got the card from Charter Cable and worked through their messed up activation process.
Forrest A Vance

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By ToddNoch on November 9, 2013
I've been researching CableCard capable devices for a couple of years. For those that aren't familiar with CableCards, they let you watch premium Cable TV content such as HD channels & paid movies channels (i.e channels 100+ Basic). The only option out there for a long time was from TiVo, but I didn't want to pay their subscription fee. Comcast gave me a CableCard for free with no monthly fees. I'll return their box and save their monthly rental fee. Samsung just released this unit and I couldn't be happier (unless they come out with a DVR version).

It works great with my Samsung phone, sharing pictures, music & video. It has a Web browser and great VOD services such as Netflix, Amazon Instant Video & YouTube. The TV Guide is pretty nice. My only criticism so far is the remote is weak in features. It would be nice if it was more universal and had a keyboard/mouse.

I highly recommend it if your looking to add a cable box or replace a rental unit from Comcast. I did not purchase mine from Amazon because they were out of stock at the time.
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71 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Adrian on November 20, 2013
The Samsung smart media player is a solid product but does have a few issues. Breaking this product down, its essentially multiple products in one small box. It supports Digital Cable TV (including clear QAM channels), with or without a cablecard. It supports DLNA so will play files back from your media server. It supports Samsungs Apps platform (so has Netflix, Amazon instant and Vudu) ... and finally has universal search across multiple platforms.

For Live TV, as I mention this box will work with or without a Cablecard. If you don't use a cable card the box has a few limitations. It will receive any Clear QAM channels, however, you can't use the TV guide and the channel numbers won't correspond to anything your cable provider describes. It will work though. Just to note, Samsung won't allow you to map real channels to virtual ones, or re-name channels/label channels.

If you use a Cablecard, then you can use the TV guide. Its OK ... but doesn't seem to respect any channel lists (favorites) you may have set up ... even if you delete channels, they all seem to show up in the tv guide. This seems like a shortcoming, and something that could easily be addressed in a software update. Navigating the tv guide is a bit sluggish, and could be improved.

For local media playback, its solid enough, supporting most of the popular video, audio formats .. including support for AVC, VC-1 and MPEG2 all over DLNA. It will pass through Dolby Digital, but not TrueHD or DTS and DTS-MA. So be warned if you are looking for a universal media player.

The apps platform used is Samsungs older one. So not the latest, on the new Samsung TVs. The apps are OK. Amazon Instant and Vudu are good. In fact Amazon instant seems to support 1080p and Dolby Digital + streams ..
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful By shebam on December 1, 2013
Verified Purchase
If really promoted this product should save a lot of people a lot money. Any location on any cable system where you're renting a non-DVR cable box, you can stop the rental fees with this single purchase. No subscription charge for the Guide. And you can get a bunch of on-line services, movies and shows, which you can't with the standard bottom feeder digital cable box that you're paying $10 - $14 a month for.

The FCC has required the cable companies to mail you a CableCARD if you call and ask for one, so you can avoid waiting at home for the cable guy. Follow the onscreen step-by-step --it's easier than the printed "Quick Start" sheet. While cable industry support of retail CableCARD products used to be horrendous and still sometimes is, the requirement that they use CableCARDs in their own boxes, and that they must support mailed CableCARDs, has required systems to automate their support -- though you still have to make a phone call to read them the numbers on the screen after the CableCARD is in. Was real easy for me. Then it takes about an hour to download all the channel info online. (The free Guide is better than the guide in low-end boxes, at least in my system.)

I represent consumer electronics manufacturers who've been frustrated in trying to get support for competitive products like this. TiVo has made it work, now Samsung. (And it's about 1/4 the size of the cranky rented box it replaced.)
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Dilshaw.S on December 3, 2013
Verified Purchase
This is a great product. I use this with Verizon FiOS and it saves me $7 every month by renting the Cable Card instead of the HD STB. This also helps me to put the Actiontec Verizon Router in bridge mode and still have the TV Guide. This cable box directly gets TV Guide from Internet and does not require MOCA LAN.

+ Easy to setup. Verizon gave me the activation code along with the cable card. Went to the activation website and I was up and running in seconds
+ Guide is available without any subscription, however there is no way to filter it only for the subscribed/favorite channels.
+ Takes very little power(< 1 W) with Quick Resume turned off. With Quick Resume On it takes the same power but simply turns off the HDMI signal. My Verizon HD STB was taking almost 12 Watts in Standby as well as running. With Quick Resume off it takes about 10s to boot up which is OK. While running this device takes about 10 Watts.
+ Turns off HDMI signal completely when powered off(irrespective of Quick Resume), this will allow the TV to turn off automatically if you forget to turn the TV off at night. My Verizon HD STB simply blanks the screen and TV won’t turn off with that.
+ Sleek looking and takes less space.
+ Small Remote that can control my LG TV as well.
+ Channel Edit can remove the unwanted channels(it won’t be available with CH + and CH -). I still haven't figured out how to make the favorites work.
+ YouTube on Android detects this as a YouTube TV and allows me to cast this device. It takes a bit more time than to cast to the Chromecast device. It was not required to do any pairing to have this functionality. However the HD quality is limited to 720p.
+ Supports 5GHz wireless N

- No information about the program if you press the info button.
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