I see Samsung has reduced user manual offerings over the last year. Maybe they'll deny it but over the past year I've seen a decline in the offerings as well as manuals that omit details needed to address issues. I have a few words on that. "Stop it Samsung. Get back in the fray and write the documents."
1. The channel editing.
Many of these let you export the channel list to some USB stick for editing on a PC. That's faster than editing on the TV and well, sorry about this but I can't write how to here. Ask Samsung how to do that.
3. The DLNA.
DLNA is a lowest common denominator design. If you've been around a while you discover the usual forums on DLNA servers and how they had to fix the servers to work with the maker's implementation. In other words, it doesn't just work. If you felt it should have, return this now and take it as a lesson that this area is far from ready for most folk. Or maybe we expected a lot better.
I recently paid more than twice the price of similar TVs for the above model, primarily because I want a TV which can serve as a UPNP client, and it was advertised as being DLNA compatible.
The first alarm sounded during the initial setup. Although I had selected English language at the beginning, parts of the setup were still displayed in German. Furthermore, although I bought it expressly for its DVB-C support, the only options offered in the setup menu were "Aerial" and "Satellite". The quick start instructions don't show anything relevant. Fortunately I discovered before tearing out *all* of my hair that when "Aerial" is selected, a cable option appears later.
The next alarm sounded when I was asked to assent to about 120 pages of legalese in order to turn on the network functions. I have no desire to read all of this text, and doubt that I would understand it well enough to tick the checkbox(es) in good conscience. I also do not understand why I should agree to a ll kinds of terms and conditions for Samsung (and other) services, when all I want is to access my own UPNP server within my own private LAN.
Adding insult to injury, the scan found about 600 channels, most of which are encrypted and therefore of no interest to me. It would be nice if I could filter out the roughly 80% of channels which aren't really available from the channel list and the guide. Unfortunately, I find no evident way to do this.
Finding it easier to search the e-manual in a PDF viewer than on the TV screen, I searched for a downloadable copy online. I was unable to find any such manual on the US or Swiss websites (I live in Switzerland) using the navigation or search functions found on these sites. I finally found a German version via Google, and ultimately found an English version on the Samsung UK website.
Based on the info in the manual, I now have some hope of getting the TV working as a UPNP client
Unfortunately, the manual is of little help concerning the channel issues. The "Channel Filter" mentioned is hardly useful, allowing only selection of TV vs. Radio channels.
It is unclear what the function "Cable Search Option" should do, since a search cannot be initiated here, and when I go to "Auto Search" to initiate a "Quick Search", the parameters entered under "Cable Search Option" are not present.
Meanwhile, the only way I have found to reduce the number of channels to something reasonable or useful is to put the unscrambled channels in a favorites list. Fortunately (although I could not find this documented anywhere), selecting this favorites list in the channel list also limits the channels displayed in the guide accordingly.
Is this the best way to achieve what I want, or is there a better alternative I haven't found yet?