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Is UE42F5000 same as UE42F5000AKXXU

by BraveDave22 / December 20, 2013 4:05 AM PST

Hi, I'm planning on buying one of these models of Samsung TV, the UE42F5000, or the UE42F5000AKXXU.
Could anyone please help me understand, are these EXACTLY the same tv, or are they slightly different models?

The last TV I bought I had this problem, it was a John Lewis exclusive model, with a very slightly different model number to the non exclusive regular version, and was cheapest at John Lewis. A while after buying it I found out that the John Lewis exclusive version had far worse reviews than the regular version, and I had to have mine repaired twice soon after buying it because it was faulty, and now it's got a new fault.

So before I make the same mistake, does anybody know are these EXACTLY the same tv, or are they slightly different models? Or is one an exclusive version? Or an updated model?

Thanks.

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country code...
by jstanmore99 / December 21, 2013 5:58 AM PST

Hello. The final few characters after the numerical model number specify the country code. There is often difference in specification between countries because of specific broadcasting protocols, data service transmission methodologies and marketing decisions.
When I was hunting for my TV, was down to f6800 f6510 and f6400. Amazon had various prices as did my usual electronic gadget supplier for these as they both host third party sellers. Digging deep I realised one great price was because it had an Italian country code. Cross checking UK and Italian Samsung pages (Google translate helped!) I realised there are data services differences with the UK red button and other services running on protocols not enabled in Italy as they use different technology (as do other euro countries).
Bear in mind that access to the service menu could enable some of these for you, but don't brick the TV.
But the lesson is that not all functions may work out of the box if you buy a model not for your country. Just go to detailed specification pages and do a line by line check to see if any differences bother you or not.
Hope this helps somewhat. Cheers J

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More detail
by jstanmore99 / December 21, 2013 6:39 PM PST

Hello,
Now back on a PC and not from mobile, done some more digging for you.... SBXXU seems to be the standard UK country code, but PS51F4900AKXXU appears to be a dual UK and nordics model so you should be OK.

The technical things which affect UK/Euro data services and would impact your UK view for other country models are typically MHEG 5 / HbbTV features (a Google gives nerdtastic details for these and more). I think you are covered for these in the spec for the box you are looking at.

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