The Bionic Sound Project

this girl’s journey to sound

Beware Of The TV Wool Being Pulled Over Your Eyes Thursday, December 22, 2005

In response to my earlier post, I’m on the phone with toshiba, and I think deaf people would be very interested in hearing this.

BEWARE OF WHAT TV YOU BUY. The TV/DVD combo you have may not display captioning from a DVD, because it was only designed to display incoming captioning (i.e. cable, antenna, satellite) but not read off of the disc.

So, boys and girls, you may have a TV that doesn’t read captioning, and not even know it!

It is our expectation as a deaf consumer that when we buy a tv, that the dvd *will* be able to play captioning back, when subtitles are not available. And when the box leads us to believe so, and that they don’t mention it, it is a rip-off.

Something should be done about this. This means that either the movie industry *has* to make subtitles mandatory on their DVDs, or the tv industry has to find a way to make captions available off of DVDs. At the very least, they should inform the consumers of that detail.

Yes, I am upset. I want to be able to enjoy a movie at home with my family, and know that the dvd will work with closed captioning, in the event there is no english subtitles?


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