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Closed Captions in R2 region

Discussion in 'DVD' started by Sumnernor, Sep 30, 2007.

  1. Sumnernor

    Sumnernor Well-Known Member

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    I have some DVD players that sense closed captions. When I was in the USA it does indeed work. My TV accepts AV input for PAL and NTSC. Is there a special blabk box that one can buy so that I can see closed Captions on my TV???
     
  2. Marko Berg

    Marko Berg Well-Known Member

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    Closed captioning on North American DVDs is not compatible with European TV sets as you've noticed. In Europe, the equivalent of closed captions is provided via the teletext service for broadcast TV, and this is not supported on DVDs.

    I am unaware of any set-top solutions available in Europe. I wonder if such devices even exist, since nearly all TV sets in North America support closed captions. There probably isn't a market for them.

    Your best bet is to use an HTPC solution since most DVD playback software support closed captions. If your TV set can accept a video signal from a computer, this is the most cost-effective method.
     
  3. Sumnernor

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    FYI - I have a number of R1 DVDs with CC and my DVD players support CC as I proved when I was in the US.
     
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    It's not the DVD player, it's the TV set that supports the CC. That's why it worked in the US but not in Europe, where the equivalent of the CC standard is different.
     
  5. Malcolm Cleugh

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    Close Caption decoders used to be available in the UK to decode CC on PAL VHS tapes. Have never heard on them here for DVD though. Guess this is because companies in the UK use the subtitles rather than CC option on DVDs.

    For VHS they used to work as a decoder box sitting between the VHS output and TV, whilst there were a few VHS recorders with the decoder built in.

    You could try contacting www.rnid.org.uk
    The RNID is the main deaf charity in the UK and they sell this type of stuff, my dad has an induction loop for his TV via them. There may be similar in Germany where you appear to be.
     

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