A Smart TV Running Plex, DS Video and more...

It was time to replace my old TV... But having become addicted to Plex (on my NUC), I really wanted my new TV to be a Smart one, able to run smoothly the Plex App, with native support for most codecs, to avoid transcoding, as well as 3D and a universal remote control. After a lot of research I have chosen the UE48H6500.

Smartv TV Samsung UE48H6500

Smartv TV Samsung UE48H6500

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I finally found a TV not too expensive (<700€) but matching perfectly all my requirements!

Features are available in attachment... Here are some notes:

  • It's large but not too much (fit in my living room: 48" = 121 cm).
  • It runs both "Plex" and "DS Video" that are great apps to play movies stored on a Synology NAS. Those Apps are available in the category "Videos". But there are really much more Apps than those.
  • With its Quad Core Processor, the menus (including Plex) are very reactive. That's the point I was the most afraid of... But I am really not disappointed.
  • It supports really many many formats (Plex has therefore never to transcode any movie and can easily run with a "lower profile" Synology) - see the User Guide for details:
    • Video format:*.avi, *.mkv, *.asf, *.wmv, *.mp4, *.mov, *.3gp, *.vro, *.mpg, *.mpeg, *.ts, *.tp, *.trp, *.mov, *.flv, *.vob, *.svi, *.m2ts, *.mts, *.divx, *.webm
    • Audio format: *.mp3, *.m4a, *.mpa, *.aac, *.flac, *.ogg, *.wma, *.wav, *.mid, *.midi, *.ape, *.aif, *.aiff, *.m4a
    • Image format: *.jpg, *.jpeg 15360x8640, *.png 4096x4096, *.bmp 4096x4096, *.mpo 15360x8640
  • With its IR repeater, it can remote control the TV Decoder of my Provider (Belgacom) and as it's own TV Guide (I.e. an EPG) which is really running smoother than to Belgacom's Guide. The only drawback is that one has to use the Provider's default sort order of the channel. It can actually be changed, but it requires some tricking.
  • With the HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel), no need to switch between audio sources anymore on my Sound Bar (TV Decoder, NUC or TV/plex).
  • Once named adequately (e.g.: with H-SBS in the name), 3D movies are automatically played as such by Plex on the TV.
  • A really great Smart Remote Control with a touchpad and motion control. I love it ! Small, it fits perfectly in one hand and works really like a charm both to control the TV Decoder and Plex. Also, using the control as a pointer (based on motion control) to pick entries in menu, etc... is so user-friendly!
  • The TV runs also a decent Web Browser that works:
    • It's not the fastest one but it displays fine most web sites (Google, MSN, Facebook, ...)
    • One can scroll easily within pages using the Smart Control's "OK button" (which is actually a touchpad), simply sliding the finger on that "touchpad/button". This is very convenient to read pages!!
    • It's also very easy to type text/urls/... pointing letters on the onscreen-keyboard with the Smart Control
    • And it supports Flash animations.
  • One can connect a Wireless Keyboard to make typing even more comfortable. I am using a Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400 and it works seamlessly.
Samsung Smart Control

Samsung Smart Control

Tips and tricks:

  • One thing I have been looking for was how to delete Apps installed in the Smart Hub. One simply has to select an Apps and press 'OK' for a few seconds on the Smart Control. It opens a menu with useful actions. To learn more about playing within the Smart Hub, this video is really great.
  • Another stupid thing I didn't find immediately: how to specify a specific port within the "DS Video" App to connect on my Synology NAS. Indeed, as long as my Synology's DSM was configured to run on its default port (I.e.: 5000), there was no need to specify this port in the "DS Video" App (One only had to enter the IP of the NAS and credentials). But once I did reconfigure my DSM to run on another port, "DS Video" didn't succeed to connect to the NAS anymore. There is no field to type a port in "DS Video" App's connection pane. The trick (stupid and obvious) was to type the port in the IP field. E.g.: 192.168.0.1:5555
Port Configuration Within DS Video

Port Configuration Within DS Video

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