TAsunder wrote:The discs have a ridiculous number of commercials and many/most players cannot skip them all at once, you have to skip each of them individually.
This is one of my biggest complaints about DVDs in general and makes me question why I should consider "upgrading" my DVD capabilities if the only difference is supposed picture quality and not usability. DVD is the first and only home video format that forces you to watch promos and ads, makes you sit through excruciatingly obnoxious title screens, and generally just confounds every effort on the part of the viewer to just pop the thing in and start watching. If I throw in a disc in anticipation of viewing then go to the bathroom, get a snack and something to drink, pack a bowl and finally, arrange the blankets and pillows on the couch for maximum viewing comfort shouldn't the actual program content be ready to view at this point? Do that routine with Disc One of any set released by Comedy Central and you'll have another several minutes to wait before the title menu has actually loaded.
So for my money (and that's what they want), if someone wants to win my heart and mind in this crazy HD war, step one would be to redesign the playback function to stop limiting my viewing choices and trying my patience with time-consuming bells and whistles (the worst offenders of all being title menus containing spoilers, such as the South Park ones, which literally make you watch a short segment of an actual episode, clearly assuming that you've already seen it.) I know, expecting manufacturers to consider the enjoyment of their customers is pretty radical thinking, but one can always dream, right?
Other DVD nuisances I'd like to see "fixed", especially for more-expensive, next-generation versions:
1- TV shows on DVD should have a chapter break immediately after the opening credits. Always. I've seriously considered returning some offenders in this category as defective.
2- I shouldn't have to jump through hoops to make a single episode play. Two clicks of a button should be sufficient.
3- When the episode is over, return me to the main episode selection menu, not the menu for the episode I just watched. Why would I want to watch the same episode again? And even if I do, I can still choose that option from the MAIN menu, so what gives?
4- Don't hide menu options in cool graphics that aren't laid out in a logical manner. And my remote buttons only allow me to choose "up", "down", "left" and "right" - placing options at weird angles all over the place isn't "neat", it's confusing.
5- Why would you choose to make it nearly impossible to tell which menu option is active? Sometimes, which option is "highlighted" is open to a lot of interpretation. Be bold! Be clear!
6- DO NOT auto-play movies! It's really annoying when you follow my above scenario and return to watch a film and discover that, instead of just loading, the film is already underway. Not only does this create the potential for spoilers, but many "smart" DVD players (the kind that remember where you were in a program) make returning to the film's beginning an adventure in frustration.
7- And if you just gotta auto-play, DO NOT put the trailer immediately before the film. I'm happy you included the trailer, but how about letting me choose when to watch it.
8- Let me cycle through commentaries/audio options with the audio button on my remote. That's what it's for. This use to be standard, but recently (The Simpsons Movie comes to mind) some discs only let you choose commentaries from a menu screen. Why? How is the inability to turn features on and off any kind of improvement?
9- It's bad enough I can't skip all the unnecessary garbage that plays before the menu loads, but did you really have to disable the fast forward button too? Assholes.