Originally Posted by DonoMan
Yeah, I always wanted to have my kids watch Pulp Fiction while not having to think of myself as a bad parent...
Someone brings up an example like this anytime it's discussed anywhere. I really don't think that's the point. I've never seen pulp fiction, and I wouldn't use this player to watch that. I wouldn't use it to turn a Tarantino or Scorcese film into a 15 minute short.
I would use it so I can watch any number of PG movies that toss in an F-bomb, or "that one scene" just to get the PG-13 rating. I would also use it as a convenience. There are certain parts of movies my wife or I simply don't want to see. To this day my wife has never seen the "orc birth" scene of Fellowship of the Rings. I covered her eyes in the theaters, and every time we've watched it on dvd.
That's just one example. There are lots of times that I wish I could simply tell the player to always skip this part of a movie, for whatever reason, whether it's gratuitous violence or gore, offensive language, or just plain boring (like The Phantom Menace, I could actually enjoy the final lightsaber battle without constantly cutting away to Jar-Jar and his blue balls).
Right now I wouldn't really use this for my kids, as they are still young enough that about the only thing that interests them are animated or musical shows. But if I could define my own filters, and if they released a better dvd player I would probably buy one for my own viewing now, and for use when the kids get older.
I appreciate the info from the OP. I'll pass for now, but will keep my eye on ClearPlay. FWIW, I did find that you can use mplayer to create your own "filters" or "edit decision lists" as they call them for video playback. I don't currently have an HTPC, but might look into it in the near future just for this feature. If anyone else is interested do a search for mplayer and EDL and you should be able to get the necessary info.