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4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of features, room for improvement, March 6, 2012
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This review is from: Samsung BD-E5900 3D WiFi Blu-ray Disc Player (Black) (Electronics)
I just bought the Samsung E5900 Blu ray player yesterday despite not finding a single review of this player online. I bought this mostly for the smart, streaming and integration features and have not had a chance to actually play a movie yet.

Setup
The initial wizard was easy to follow and connect to my Wi-Fi network. Despite this being a fairly new device, it took about 20 minutes to install numerous updates.

Video streaming services
It supports numerous services, but not Amazon Video on-demand. There are apps that you can download to watch MLB.TV and other services. Youtube and Pandora are great.

App store
It has a pretty full app store with a lot of apps. I've only tried Pandora and Facebook and they both work. They have some neat features to link to your accounts through activation codes so you don't have to type in your username and password on a remote.

Allshare
It found my western digital NAS drive and connected no problem.. It played music from the drive and loaded photos with no problem. It plays videos from my Flip Video no problem. Some formats, maybe from an Iphone, were not supported. Samsung found my iPad and PC but I was unable to play from my PC due to no permission and unable to play from my iPad due to no buttons or instructions.

Smartphone / Tablet remote control apps
Very disappointing - they just emulate the remote that comes with it with not a single added benefit. You don't get a keyboard on any (iPad, iPhone, Android) to help with app searches or youtube. I would really like it to even give feedback right on your device so that you don't have to always look at the screen while using the remote app. Time warner has apps like this to program your DVR. I also often got an error that the remote app couldn't connect. If it does connect, you do need to use the regular remote to approve using the app remote.

Samsung SwipeIt (their version of airplay)
I was extremely disappointed to find out that this doesn't support SwipeIt despite being a new model. Apparently it's only for Samsung TVs?

Disc to Digital Streaming Service
It comes with the device, but is not yet supported. Samsung provides no timeline or info other than coming in 2012.

Ultraviolet Streaming
Also coming soon...

2D to 3D upconversion
Not included.

Full web browser
Works surprisingly well. It's very cumbersome to type in web address, searches or navigate (all would be nice with a smartphone app that worked better). It can display every webpage I tried well and could be great for showing a website to a crowd.

Smartphone integration
The Apple TV for $99 lets you show your iPad screen on your TV so I don't understand why Samsung can't do the same for their Galaxy line and their "Smart" devices. I didn't find a single advantage to owning a Samsung Galaxy and Samsung Smart Blu Ray.

Speed
The device was painfully slow especially when you are used to modern smartphones, tablets, laptops, etc. Most commands take a few seconds to process.

Size and Weight
It is very compact and light which is great.

Overall
I have a hard time recommending the device given the lack of integration. The whole point of a smart device is integration. For now you'd be better of getting the cheapest 3D blu-ray player you can find (probably around $70) and then spending $49 on a Roku or $99 on an Apple TV.
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Initial post: Mar 7, 2012 8:24:07 AM PST
Does the Player have the forthcoming Disc to Digital app built in? Does it talk about the Disc to Digital feature on the packaging or in the documentation?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 7, 2012 9:18:08 AM PST
CB says:
Kenneth,

Yes it has it built-in. I have not had a chance to try it. It is featured on the packaging and documentation and is an option on the main screen.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 7, 2012 9:26:11 AM PST
Sweet. If you do try it and could give me an update that would be great. You will probably be one of the first people on the planet to see that feature.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 7, 2012 9:59:02 AM PST
CB says:
I won't be home again until Monday but I'll see if I can try it then.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 8, 2012 6:24:24 AM PST
Thanks. Also when you get back to it I am curious if the Flixster App is in there that has Ultraviolet playback.

Posted on Mar 8, 2012 2:19:59 PM PST
So I'm guessing no 2D to 3D conversion on this unit either right? Samsung just informed me today that NONE of the 2012 models would have it

Posted on Mar 14, 2012 8:33:42 PM PDT
Did you get a chance to try out the Disc to Digital feature yet?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 15, 2012 10:37:25 PM PDT
CB says:
Kenneth,

Not yet - had some personal issues come up this week.

CB

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 18, 2012 9:56:38 AM PDT
CB says:
Kenneth,

I tried it out just now - it says: Disc to Digital stores your DVDs collection in digital library. Service will be available soon through the 'Flixster Collections' application.

I installed Samsung's latest updates - new since last week - and searched the appstore for flixster. No results were found and I still get the same message.

I googled this and just found press releases from January saying this feature was coming this year. Overall I'm extremely disappointed with Samsung actually having features work and ready.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 18, 2012 9:57:04 AM PDT
CB says:
The flixster app shows up, but it is also coming soon.
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