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Attention Walmart!

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Frank, Jul 16, 2001.

  1. Frank

    Frank Stunt Coordinator

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    Say goodbye to all you problems with widescreen DVDs.
    Get someone to manufacture a DVD player for you that will automatically detect black bars and zoom the image until they are gone.
    Get rid of most of the menu options since your customers probably find them confusing.
    Sell this player for $99.99 or perhaps you could give them away with the purchase of 10 DVDs. [​IMG]
    Put a sign on it that says 'We guarantee no black bars!
    I guarantee they will sell like hotcakes and your widescreen DVD sales will skyrocket.
    What are you waiting for?
     
  2. Steve Tannehill

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    You think the people at Walmart know how to use a computer and read a forum like this for suggestions?
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  3. Keith_R

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    Very good point Steve [​IMG] especially at the Wal-Marts here in Florida. Lots of J6Ps.
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  4. Kenny Goldin

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    That is actually a good idea. Even if someone like ValueVision or QVC would make or sell one, and sell it exclusively to Wal-mart and on their TV station. I know ValueVision makes computers with their logo on it, so why not a DVD player???
    This Wal-Mart /J6P is a sickening event, but oh well...
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    I thought that they could program DVDs to already do this Pan & Scan on the fly. I know the first run of the Criterion 's Last Temptation of Christ had this. In my DVD player's (Pioneer DVL-909) menus you can select letterbox, 4:3, or widescreen. If you select 4:3 it will zoom in on the picture to get rid of the black bars on DVDs that have this feature encoded.
    DVD manufacturer's should consider using this feature more often.
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  6. Jeff Kleist

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    Then can, but it won't eliminate the black bars on 2.35:1 movies, only reduce them. Frankly I've been enjoying the forced assimilation. It's about time that they get forced to assimilate instead of the other way round
    Jeff Kleist
     
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    You know, there is such a thing as TOO much condescension....
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    Where else can one get an oil change with Mobil One (about $4.30/qt.) and a Fram filter for about $28?
    Really, you guys sell this chain short.
     
  9. Frank

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    This player doesn't have to do anything as sophisticated as 'pan and scan on the fly'.
    All it has to do is scale the image up until the black bars are gone. JSP will never notice a loss in resolution and panning is unnessessary since he dosn't care about proper framing.
    You could include an optional remote with pan and scan joystick so Joe could do the pan and scanning himself.
    This DVD player could be very cheap to manufacture.
    Come on Walmart!
    Frank
    [Edited last by Frank on July 17, 2001 at 07:54 AM]
     
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  11. Frank

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    Walmart should ask the studios to subsidize the player since they stand to save millions of dollars by not having to produce any more pan and scan DVDs!
    Think about it!
     
  12. Frank

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    Attentions studios!
    If Walmart mass markets a player like this, just think of the copies of existing widescreen DVDs that didn't sell because of being widescreen. Now they will!
     
  13. Frank

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    Come on folks, this is really a good idea.
    It's a win win situation.
    Walmart wins because they will sell many more DVDs then currently.
    The studios win because they don't have to go to the expense of making a widescreen and pan and scan version.
    The studios win again by increased sales of standard (widescreen) DVDs.
    If you think the image quality would suffer too much by zooming up a 2.35:1 movie to fill the screen you might be surprised. I have tried it numerous times with software DVD players and the resulting image is quite acceptable.
    It just needs a decent scaler which could be very cheap if mass produced.
    You could call it the JSP1000. [​IMG]
     
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    I just tell my friends who are new to widescreen to get a Toshiba DVD player because of the great, clean zoom modes. Their zoom works like training wheels for newbies. [​IMG]
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    Why not just take an existing VCR and print the word "DIGITAL" on the front? Everyone knows "DIGITAL" means "BETTER"!
     
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    KeithR's oral emitter uttered these very words....
     
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    Where is this player? We need it badly! [​IMG]
    Frank
     
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    Whats J6P gonna do when everyone has a 1:78 TV and he watched stuff filmed in 4:3 and has black bars on the sides of his TV-J6P will bitch about that too,theres just no making these people happy,so why not stop catering to them-they just better get used to it.
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    one thousand more years of the same old crap" Jose Chung
     

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