What to Do If Your Samsung Blu-Ray Player Stopped Working

If your Samsung Blu-ray player isn’t booting up properly, you’re not alone. According to numerous bug reports from users around the world, Samsung Blu-ray players are stuck in a boot loop and cannot be used. This post from the Samsung support forums illustrates the issue most users are facing:

My home cinema system is throwing a fit. It seemed to start when the blu ray/ dvd drawer wouldn’t fully extend. I gently pulled it and inserted the disc and it seemed to work ok. The next day, when I switched it on, it now cycles through “LOAD”, “No DISC” repeatedly, even when trying to use “D in”, “AUX” or any other setting. I’ve disconnected the drive from the rest of the unit, no difference. I’ve reset the unit whilst it was in stand by mode, nothing.

Other users from the UK, Portugal, and elsewhere chimed in with similar stories.

Samsung says the problem is fixable on its end and that there’s no need for physical repairs at this time, which is good news for those experiencing the annoying bug. Unfortunately, no home remedies have been found yet for those what want to skip the waiting game and solve the problem themselves. Users will have to wait for Samsung to push the fix. We’re not sure when that will be released, nor how users will need to install it, so you’ll want to keep an eye on your email inbox, the Samsung support forums, and Samsung’s official social media accounts for the official word.

A busted Blu-ray player is a bummer for those stuck indoors due to the coronavirus, but there are some other options to consider while waiting for Samsung’s fix. You may even have a potential Blu-ray player replacement already lying around: All PlayStation 3 and 4 consoles and all Xbox One models can play Blu-ray discs, and you should check if your PC or laptop is equipped with a Blu-ray disc drive, too. You can even hook up most PCs and laptops to your TV via HDMI or USB. This is usually as simple as plugging in the right cable and swapping to the right input with your TV’s remote, but we have a troubleshooting guide if that doesn’t work.

If you’re open to streaming apps, we’ve got guides for what’s on Netflix, Disney+ and more. Now might be the perfect time to sign up, too, since services are giving special offers and free upgrades due to the lockdown. And don’t forget: You can rent or buy digital copies of movies and TV series through Google Play, Apple, or Amazon, too.

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