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post #1 of 49 Old 12-04-2007, 04:47 PM - Thread Starter
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My old Toshiba DVD has a feature when you press the display button it showed the remaining time of the movie and also the bit rate MBPS coming through while playing the disc. My PS3 has both these features when playing Blu-Ray but my Toshiba HD-A30 does not. This is very frustrating, not so bad when watching Universal HD-DVDs because you can press pause and see the remaining time but when watching special features you have no idea if it is 15 mins long or an hour long.
Why dont Toshiba put this feature in? Is it slated for a future firmware upgrade?
Does anyone else find this annoying?
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Which player...Time remaining shows on from of A2 when you press display/info

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......Does anyone else find this annoying?


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Thanks for your great input but I was more after people that found this an issue and would like it fixed. I was just wondering why Toshiba had a useful feature like this on the old Tosh DVDs, and the PS3 decided to use it but not on their HD-DVD players ie HD-A30
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Thanks for your great input but I was more after people that found this an issue and would like it fixed. I was just wondering why Toshiba had a useful feature like this on the old Tosh DVDs, and the PS3 decided to use it but not on their HD-DVD players ie HD-A30

Are you sure it isn't shown on the a30 display when you hit "display"? On my A1, hitting display toggles that screen from current time to time remaining. Also, make sure your display isn't dimmed all the way off.
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Are you sure it isn't shown on the a30 display when you hit "display"? On my A1, hitting display toggles that screen from current time to time remaining. Also, make sure your display isn't dimmed all the way off.

When I press display once it shows what chapter I am on on the actual HD-DVD's LED display. When I press display again it shows on the TV screen but does not show time remaining or bit rate. It show the chapter currently on what the picture is encoded in eg VC-1 and sound eg Dolby Digital etc
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Try pausing the disc, Universal discs show time remaining when you pause.

Just enjoy HD in whatever form you can (Sat, Cable, D-VHS, OTA, HD DVD, or BD).
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When I press display once it shows what chapter I am on on the actual HD-DVD's LED display. When I press display again it shows on the TV screen but does not show time remaining or bit rate. It show the chapter currently on what the picture is encoded in eg VC-1 and sound eg Dolby Digital etc

On the LED display, it ALSO shows time remaining when you do that. At least on the XA2, it does.
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It is good to know and for people that want this that this HD-DVD player doesn't show it I suppose.

I find very few people ever knew they could get the time remaining on their SD-DVD players, so for those, they would never know or care.
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To the OP: to my knowledge none of the HD DVD players will show bit rate. Isn't the PS3 the only high def BD player that does? I know my Panasonic BD10 does not show bit rate.

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On the LED display, it ALSO shows time remaining when you do that. At least on the XA2, it does.

It also does on my A35. I didn't notice it at first.
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Ahh even better to know that the player does indeed show this information.
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On my A3 the default display is the running time, but it can be changed to the time remaining by pressing the display button. It won't show the bitrate, but I honestly don't care about that. I've had regular DVD players that did, and others that didn't. The only time I ever looked at that info was to compare the superbit version of a DVD to the regular version, just out of curiosity.
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it doesnt bother me when watching the movie, but I understand the point about the bonus features.
Although some bonus features tell you the length in the menu.
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Great, just what we needed... another thread about bit rate meters. Call me crazy, but I want to watch the movie, not a bit rate meter.
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Remaining time meter? Is someone in hurry to get somewhere else?

Interactive features vary depending upon the title, that much is true -nothing wrong with the Toshiba HD DVD player.

Eagles farewell 1 tour is one example of the above, and it doesn't bother me lacking of this special features.

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Do you have your player firmware updated? Hitting display even on my 1st gen HD-A1 player shows all related info
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I like seeing the time remaining, but it's annoying (I have an A3) that it won't display it on-screen. My player is hidden away where I can't see it, so it would be nice to have the time remaining on the OSD also.
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My biggest pet peeve with my A3 is that it doesn't display time remaining on screen, only on the front panel.
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My biggest pet peeve are the various pet peeves people have about why a brand new product that's been on the market for a little over a year, doesn't do all the same things that a 10 year old matured technology product can do.
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I think everyone has the right to expect a 2007 HD-DVD player to be able to do what a 2000 DVD player could do...I think we possess the technology to put time remaining on the screen and to be able to resume play on HD discs, after pressing stop.

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I think everyone has the right to expect a 2007 HD-DVD player to be able to do what a 2000 DVD player could do...I think we possess the technology to put time remaining on the screen and to be able to resume play on HD discs, after pressing stop.

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That's like saying that we have the right to expect that an iPhone can do everything that a circa 2003 blackberry can do, but it can't.

The reality is that they are two completely different technologies and all of the features of one won't necessarily make it into the other right away.
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But it will show you the time remaining right? Issue solved right?

The resume thing? I think we need to gripe to the studios on that one, not about the player(s).
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My biggest pet peeve are the various pet peeves people have about why a brand new product that's been on the market for a little over a year, doesn't do all the same things that a 10 year old matured technology product can do.

The A3 is a 3rd generation player. My launch DVD player purchased in May 1997 could display time remaining in both the chapter and the title on screen (it also had a bitrate meter, but that I don't particularly care about).

There is no need to be an apologist for issues that are legitimate gripes.
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I think I understand now. Your upset because it does not how time remaining the screen? Interesting this is important to you. is your equipment in a closed rack or another room? Non accessable I suppose?
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The screen is a lot easier to read from across the room than the display on the player. I have to get up and walk halfway across the room to check the time remaining, it's annoying and there's no good reason for it.
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Thank for the further informaton. I just didn't even understand the actual gripe here until a post or two ago.

The only good reason would be that they anticipated this would not matter to most people is all I suppose.

My theater is small, I can read it from my third row, 16'-ish....
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The A3 is a 3rd generation player. My launch DVD player purchased in May 1997 could display time remaining in both the chapter and the title on screen (it also had a bitrate meter, but that I don't particularly care about).

There is no need to be an apologist for issues that are legitimate gripes.

Every product has a shortcoming or two, honestly on the priority list I would say this one is probably not an issue for most people.
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