Fast forwarding and rewinding streaming movies on a Samsung Smart TV

My first non-SharePoint related post on this blog, but I really had to write an article about this Smile

Recently I have bought a Samsung Smart TV, from the ES6900 series. I love the capabilities of this TV. I use it for news reading, it has a Spotify app, and best of all, I no longer need a separate media player device to play my movies and music from my network.

There was one thing though, that frustrated me. The rewind and fast forward buttons on the remote control do not work when streaming a video from my network. Sometimes you want to skip a part you’ve already watched, or you’re looking for that specific great scene to show you audience how awesome your TV is. Tonight I finally found out how to fast forward a movie, and I figured I’d write an article about it.

When you press the Tools button on your remote control while watching a movie, you can then choose Timeline. From here you can use the left and right arrow of the menu control buttons on the remote, or directly jump to a chapter if your video supports chapters.

That’s it! Easy when you know it, but finding out is the hard part Smile (for me at least Smile with tongue out).

14 thoughts on “Fast forwarding and rewinding streaming movies on a Samsung Smart TV

  1. hai

    Can u post an image of the timeline button. I have an smart tv samsung ua55h7000. I press the keypard button of the remote control an chose tools but nothing happen. I didnt even seen the word timeline

    1. Maarten Eekels Post author

      I guess you are using the new Smart Controller. I am not sure how to enter the Tools menu on that remote control, but here’s a screenshot what the Tools menu should look like:

      Samsung Time Search

      When you click this Time Search, the time line will appear and you can fast forward if you want.

  2. timo

    I have some D* Samsungs and the tools menu changing the minutes is great. With the J* models there is only <> fast forward buttons, very annoying. Anyone know what to do with the latest models?

  3. Keith Hoffmann

    Yeah well you can’t do shit to fast forward a video that’s streaming on YouTube or something. TV is great, but lots of annoying features.

    1. roymond

      While watching a video, click the center button and the timeline appears with pause highlighted. Click up and the timeline becomes more prominent. Use the right and left buttons (on the round dial) to FF and RW.

      1. Sam

        That would have been helpful to know when watching a film earlier and got a random network error, the normal fast forward is so slow. Thank you!

  4. Cheri

    Try putting the streaming show on pause; then, the forward and back arrows seem to work. When you get to the point in the show you want, release the pause button.

  5. James Woodward

    I have a QLED 55 inch (QN55Q6FN) and thanks to a combination of the instructions above have discovered how to fast forward and rewind apps, such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and YouTube-hooray, finally! Just press the center button and the timeline appears (red and white line that indicates the progress of the show you’re watching), press it again and the picture pauses. Now, push the UP part of the ring which goes around the center button…this highlights the timeline bar. Now use the right side of the ring button (the ring that goes around the center button) to fast forward, or the left side to rewind (frames of the video pop up above the white circle indicator as you move left of right). When you get to where you want to be, push the center button again and voila! Enjoy!


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