Originally Posted by tjw1973
I am very happy with Panasonic even though I wish they had this feature in the Blu-ray and regulary dvd players at least their hd upconverting recorders have it and I am going to write them an email thanking them and asking them to broden their support of this feature.
If you are going through the trouble of writing someone please include CEA.
Here is some info from another thread:http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...0#post10731790
FCC does not regulate DVD content. It is CEA who should provide guidelines to equipment manufactures.
They provide nice documents, praising status quo, instead.
Reading their doc "Using Closed Captions in the Digital TV Age" it seems the problem does not exist. The doc is currently available from their "HDTV Press Kit"http://www.ce.org/Press/3229.asp
The best part is at the end in section 4:
4. How do captions work with content other than TV content (e.g., packaged media)?...in contrast to digital TV, there are no government mandates for packaged media to include captions, nor are there government mandates for media players to decode the captions....
then they suggest using composite
connection to watch closed captioned media and also provide a diagram "How to connect a DVD player via composite connection to your HDTV"
. After a while they realize :... [o]f course, consumers may not wish to connect their media player to their high-resolution
(Enhanced Definition or High Definition) display using a low-resolution analog connector,
because doing so sacrifices some of the video quality. Certain high-resolution connectors [certain? all of them!] do
not provide a way for closed caption data to be carried from a player to an attached TV.
Therefore, if the media player is connected to a TV with a high-resolution connector (e.g.,
HDMI), the TV may not receive any caption data from the media player and may not decode
any captions from the packaged media........
I think their attitude is to wait it over. After a while no one will be using DVDs and the problem will disappear. I wish someone from the press would start asking them questions ....