[access-uk] Re: Looking For Advice On DVD Players

Hi Andy,

I am not disputing that, but some of the replies were so negative, that I
just felt I had to chime in, especially when claims like impossible for a
totally blind person to use are bandied about.  I don't like that word
impossible, because someone will always prove us wrong, thank goodness.

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-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf
Of Andy Collins
Sent: 23 May 2005 17:33
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Looking For Advice On DVD Players


Steve - this thread was started by a totally blind person living alone with
no help, wanting to know how accessible we found DVD players to be - not all
of us have access to sighted help, and some sighted help can be given
grumpily after a time!

Andy
----- Original Message -----
From: "Steve Nutt" <steve@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, May 23, 2005 5:09 PM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Looking For Advice On DVD Players


> Hi Tony,
>
> I have accessed several DVD players successfully, and I am totally blind.
> The question is having a sighted person help you through the menus in the
> beginning, and a good memory, or copious notes.  When I buy a new DVD, I
> try
> to go through all the menus with a sighted person once, and write down the
> menu structure.  Once I do this, I can access all the extras, films, you
> name it.
>
> So to say it is impossible for totally blind people, is rather silly.  You
> just need a lot of patience, and a bit of help.
>
> All the best
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf
> Of Tony Cretney
> Sent: 22 May 2005 23:51
> To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [access-uk] Re: Looking For Advice On DVD Players
>
>
>
> Yes Caroline there is a play button on the remote for a DVD player.  This
> will usually allow you to access the main film. The problem is that
> without
> seeing the menus it may be difficult to find out when the main film starts
> and, it could be almost  impossible to access any of the extra features on
> the disc via the menus. I do not need sighted help as I have enough sight
> to
> be able to handle the menus if I can get close enough to the screen. But
> for
> a totally blind person I think this system would be difficult at best and
> impossible at its worst.
>
> Tony
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Caroline Ford" <caroline@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Sunday, May 22, 2005 9:51 PM
> Subject: [access-uk] Re: Looking For Advice On DVD Players
>
>
>>
>> Hello Tony,
>>
>> Thanks for your reply.
>>
>> It sounds as if I'm not going to be lucky to find an accessible DVD
>> player
>> then.  Have you had any luck at all in playing DVD's without sighted
>> help,
>> or is everything totally inaccessible?  By the sounds of it, a menu must
>> appear on the screen whenever you put a DVD into the drive, and this menu
>> can be totally different for each disk you try to play.  Is this correct?
>> So there isn't anything as simple as a play button on DVD remotes as
>> there
>> is on remotes for VCR's?
>>
>> I'd be interested to know if anyone else has found a way to play DVD's
>> independently.  I know it can be done on the PC, but when using a player
>> hooked up to the TV, it doesn't sound promising.
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>> Caroline.
>>
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Tony PEARCE" <pearcet@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>> Subject: [access-uk] Re: Looking For Advice On DVD Players
>> Date: Sat, 21 May 2005 20:10:59 +0100
>>
>> Hello,
>> I have not found a dvd player that is accessable without sightted help,
>> as
>> for the other questions some models can store the possition of the last
>> 10
>> or so dvds you have played and when you put the dvd in again it will
>> start
>> at the point that it finnished at when you took it out, some will only
>> remember where you were last time you watched it if you do not take the
>> dvd
>> out of the machine and some will start from the beginning every time you
>> turn on the machine. Dvds all seem to play in differant ways some will
>> play
>> through from beginning to end once you have started them and others will
>> need restarting from the menu when you want to play a differant
>> programme.
>>   Best wishes, Tony Pearce.
>>
>>
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Caroline Ford" <caroline@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>> To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>> Sent: Saturday, May 21, 2005 5:46 PM
>> Subject: [access-uk] Looking For Advice On DVD Players
>>
>>
>>> Hello,
>>>
>>> I am interested in getting a DVD player to hook up to our TV and would
>>> like
>>> to know if anybody who already has one has any particular
>>> recommendations
>>> for accessible models.  Is it possible to play DVD's without being able
>>> to
>>> see the TV screen.  Also, if you stop a disk and want to resume it in
>>> the
>>> same place at a later date, is there any accessible way of doing this?
>>> And
>>> finally, is the method of playing DVD's always standard, or does it vary
>>> from one DVD to another, depending on the way the disk has been
>>> constructed?
>>>
>>> Thanks,
>>>
>>> Caroline.
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