[bct] Re: Accessible dvd player

  • From: "Bill Belew" <bill@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 26 Jan 2006 14:59:46 -0800

Hey Boomerdad,
Thanks!  Your message is just about the only one that has really given me
much hope for being able to use a dvd player.  Well, actually others have
said they can do the basic functions, but it sounds like you have pretty
much mastered the whole thing.  

-----Original Message-----
From: blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of boomerdad
Sent: Wednesday, January 25, 2006 6:05 PM
To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [bct] Re: Accessible dvd player

Well, I've had about five DVD players since the format was launched in '97,
and it's been my experience that any DVD players are usable by a blind
person.  Now, there's no DVD where you don't need to read menus, because a
DVD movie is basically a piece of software, and each DVD has its own
menus--which is why an accessable DVD player is such a difficult
achievement.  You'd essentially have to have a screenreader in the player,
and then have it capable of reading letters in whatever font the menus were
made with.
I recommend getting a DVD player with a remote that has its buttons
sectioned off, if you will--particularly the arrow keys.  Most are like
this, and it makes using the remote easy once you memorize the layout.  99%
of the time, when a menu starts to play, if you just hit Enter, the movie
will begin.  Finding extras and such can take some trial-and-error
navigating with your remote if you have no sighted assistance, but it's
doable.  I've only had one or two cases where I absolutely couldn't access
content without sighted assistance, and I own over 350 DVDs, and have rented
many more.
Hope this helps.
Feel the power...
Wield the magic!...
Gaming at the speed of sound!

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Bill Belew <mailto:bill@xxxxxxxx>  
To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
Sent: Wednesday, January 25, 2006 9:28 AM
Subject: [bct] Accessible dvd player

I've always thought I didn't need a dvd player to go with my livingroom tv,
but my daughter asked this morning if we could get one.  She has been
looking at them here and there and she says it doesn't appear that any are
very usable by a blind person.  Does anyone know of a dvd player that is at
least basically usable without needing to read menus?

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