So you just bought your freshly minted Samsung UBD-K8500 UHD BD player. What to do next?
First, when you plugged in the player, you will need to be patient as it will take about 20-30 seconds for the player to do its initial boot up. You then need to go to Settings menu to set up your wifi connection (skip this step if you use wired ethernet). From within the Settings menu, you go to Support and download the latest firmware update. As of this writing, the firmware update is about 500 Mb in size and due to the limitation of Samsung’s server, it will take about 20 minutes for the firmware to be downloaded. It will then take another 10-15 minutes for the player to automatically install the firmware update.
After that’s done, you will need to go back to the Settings menu and set the video resolution to 2160p (this will make HDMI handshake faster). Set Deep Colour to ON/AUTO (depending on which region you bought your player) and Colourspace to RGB 0-255. On the Audio side, set the option from “PCM to Bitstream Unprocessed”. Set stereo downmix to include surround information (if you are a TV-only or 2-channel users).
Now go to Samsung Apps. Right after opening that section, wait for about 10-15 minutes in order to automatically update all the pre-installed app (there is no way to stop this). After all the pre-installed app have been updated, go to “Most Popular (Apps)” then download Netflix, or whatever app you fancy. If you get “3010” download error, don’t worry, this only means the automatic updates for the preloaded apps are still ongoing.
Done? Not yet!
Now put a movie disc in (it can be DVD, Blu-ray or UHD BD). When the movie is playing, press “Tools” on the remote control and choose “Picture Mode” and set it to “User” for the most unprocessed performance of the UBD-K8500.
NOW you’re done! It’s time to celebrate!