Originally Posted by Selden Ball
Bear in mind that the U.S. Sony BD players won't play PAL DVDs, unlike Momitsu players. I'm guessing that UK Sony players won't play NTSC DVDs.
Pressing the remote's subtitle button repeatedly does step through the available subtitle languages on a BD or DVD without having to pause playback. There doesn't seem to be an explicit on/off, though I might have overlooked it. I always step through them all to get back to the "no subtitles" entry, That can be a pain on a disc with support for many languages. A HUD popup display shows the language selected.
Thanks! I did see a page in the manual (page 26?) where it had you choose a preferred subtitle language, which made me think a toggle on/off is supported. It not, I could do what I did with my Momitsu, which was to create macros on my MX-700 remote, one to double press of the subtitle button, one for triple press, another for single press. One of the buttons is usually enough, sometimes I have to press two buttons. It's way way better than having to go into the options menu of the Panasonic 220, and there may be no way around that. I haven't called Amazon yet to arrange to return the player, but I figure that's what I'm going to do. Meantime I have to decide on a replacement. If the S390 truly has absolutely no front display, not even for how far you are into a disk, I will get the S590, probably, although my new projector does not support 3D.
Edit -- On page 11 of the manual it says:
SUBTITLE (page 26) Selects the subtitle language when multi-lingual subtitles are recorded on BD-ROMs/DVD VIDEOs.
On page 26 it says:
Operating Instructions - Page 26
.... When you select [Original], the language given priority in the disc is selected. Select [Select Language Code], and enter the code for your language, referring to "Language code list" (page 37). x [Subtitle Language] Selects the default
subtitle language for BD-ROMs or DVD VIDEOs. Select [Select Language Code], and enter the code for your language, referring to "Language code list" (page 37). x [BD Hybrid Disc Playback Layer] [Surround]: Outputs ...
The mention of a "default" subtitle language has me thinking I can program the unit to ignore the others, what else?
I don't think I have any PAL discs, so the lack of it isn't a big deal for me. Having easy access to subtitles and an easy way to turn them off is a big deal for me. I'm totally used to it. I watched a few movies this week without it, and I didn't miss it as much as I thought I would, but I'd like to have it.