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Today's P.I.T.A., Locked DVD Controls


Posted by Non-Hamster on December 13th, 2007

There's something I've really come to hate about the way a lot of DVD's are made these days.  Specifically, I'm talking about the fact that when you put the disk in and start it playing, many of them are made so that they show you previews of coming attractions and that's fine... the FIRST time I watch something The problem comes in when I want to watch it again.

You see, I don't watch something just once.  The whole point of buying a copy of it is so that I can watch it whenever the mood strikes me.  So, I get out something and put it in.  Maybe I've watched it a couple dozen times already and I want to jump straight to the start of the movie.  Yeah, it's got previews & such on it but they're old and out of date & I don't want to watch them again...ever.  So when the disk starts to play, I hit the menu button to jump straight to the menu and skip the previews.  Nothing happens except a red X in the corner of my screen.

Essentially I'm not ALLOWED to only watch the part of the thing that I want to see.  On a lot of them you can get around this partly by using fast forward.  However there's some that are even set up so that you're not allowed to use fast forward.  never mind that the previews are for a set of movies that came out four years ago and nobody on this continent ever wants to see again, you're still going to be forced to watch the &@*#%@&* things every ^@##@ time you load that disk.

I am not a hamster and I don't think I'm being at all unreasonable here.  I buy the thing, I want to have total control over what parts of it I view.  If I choose not to watch previews then I want the ability to skip directly to the menu.  Wouldn't it be nice if the makers of dvd players would give users control over what they bought?  Or how about the movie people?  How about recognizing that when I buy something, I want to watch the movie.  I might be interested in previews once, maybe even twice (though I'd rather wait 'til after the movie to watch 'em) but after once or twice I typically never want to look at those previews again and I shouldn't have to.

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2 Comments

  1. Odan on 22.12.2007 at 18:57 (Reply)


    Its why sometimes , downloading movies is the only way to get around those previews.
    Think its shrek 2 that has about 20 minutes of previews before it gets to the main title and you can only fast forward.. and fast forward can only go to 2x speed .  so it still takes 10 minutes of waiting just to get the dvd to the point where you can click to watch the movie.
    Downloading the movie illegally takes less time and i don’t have to watch the trailers.

    1. Non-Hamster on 22.12.2007 at 21:30 (Reply)


      I Know what you mean.  Either downloading the movie or ripping it from the original DVD and burning your own “movie only ” version.

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