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Disturbing development in access to DVDs

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It appears that deaf consumers in the US may have become the victims of a move by some DVD rental outlets there to block the special features section of a DVD. This is to encourage people to buy the DVD instead to receive the full viewing experience. 

Chris Morran from online publication The Consumerist reported that movie studios have begun disabling certain features of new releases on discs.

The disabled discs have been used by Blockbuster and Netflix, and only allow people renting the DVD to watch the main feature. The special features, which could include access features, are blocked. 

There has been no move to replicate this approach in Australia at this point. 

 

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Review of a Panasonic DMR-XW380 Hard Drive DVD Recorder

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In November 2010, Media Access Australia was loaned a Panasonic DMR-XW380 Hard Drive DVD Recorder to review.  Chris Mikul and Ally Woodford reviewed the unit for its caption viewing and recording capabilities.  

Set up

The Set Up was straightforward, relatively quick, presented no stumbling blocks and pre-empted the steps better than some other set ups we’ve experienced.  

Once installed, we tested the caption font on a broadcast program.  The captions were found via the STTL button and the font was acceptable; we’ve seen better but we’ve also seen worse. 

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