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Discussion in 'Playback Devices' started by Rachael B, May 12, 2006.
My Toshiba has it for DVD but not HD-DVD. What gives...?
80 looks....this must be too hard of a question? Any wild quesses?
I do not think there is anything that would preclude HD-DVD from having a last memory function. The lack of such a function looks like an oversight by Toshiba in their rush to market a machine before the Bluray launch. If both 1st gen machines are missing the function then it will most likely be introduced on the next generation.
I don't have personal knowledge of this, but I've seen it suggested that there needs to be a Resume Play flag set by the studio, and the software for HD authoring just recently added this as a standard option (just like Bookmarking has to be authorized, which Warner does and Universal doesn't). So we may be seeing it soon, but not for a while.
someone else suggested it was due to the DRM involved on the HD discs-
I like this theory as it could easily fit the facts. I mailed in the card that promised to send the buyer an upgrade disc when available. I hope we could be in an upgrade at some point....?
I called Toshiba tech support on an unrelated issue (having to do with the ethernet connection) and was told that resume of HD-DVD discs was a disc-dependent thing, not a player limitation. The fact that bookmarks are disc dependent (Warner yes, Universal no) would seem to bear this out. He said there are a lot more disc dependent factors in the HD-DVD format than there were on dvd.
He also said that one of the primary issues they're trying to address with a software update is the HDMI handshake.
By the way, when I called the tech support number in the owner's manual I was immediately answered by a real human being, not a recorded menu, who immediately handed me off to an HD-A1 specialist who came on the line after less than 20 seconds on hold. I am impressed! This wasn't a call center in India, either, not that I haven't had good experiences with South Asian based tech support.
Last Memory is optional! That's daft! I passed over players without it back in '98. I hope this disc by disc case excrement gets remedied. It's needs a good wipe....
It is disc dependent--every HD-DVD I have won't resume after stopping, but the demo disc at my local Best Buy will. If you're playing a Warner disc, hit the B button on the remote before stopping play--that will set a bookmark which you can access after stopping play.