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Design a logo that can be put on DVDs
that can start the film with minimum
and few button-pushes. Something like:
Gold logo: Can start watching the film in
under five seconds by just pushing one
Silver logo: Can start watching the film in
under ten seconds with two
Bronze logo: blah blah twenty blah, three
Create a standards body (or use an
existing respected body) that controls
these logos. They charge a certain
for using them on packaging, test DVDs
that use the logos and ruthlessly sue the
pants of those that misuse the logos.
Finally I can choose to watch that DVD
starts the film without making me sit
through what seems like hours of
warnings (which could, after all, be put
on the packaging) and occasionally
trailers (which I enjoy watching, but at a
time that *I* choose),
followed by several thousand button
pushes to do what surely must be the
default activity: watching the film.
DVD fast-forward-menu lock
supercat's related idea; a way of navigating the menu faster. [st3f, Apr 28 2005]
Licence Agreement Protocol
Related idea by um... me (not that I'm obsessing or anything). How to skip the warnings by pre-agreeing what rights you assert and what you are willing to waive. [st3f, Apr 28 2005]
DVD player with "EZ Play":
This player finds the movie on DVD, skipping the intro stuff. So you can overlook its design tackiness. [Amos Kito, Apr 29 2005]
It's half of what you need to copy your DVDs. It can make a disc that contains only the movie. [Amos Kito, Apr 29 2005, last modified Apr 30 2005]
||Ever get one that just starts? I love that. Generally only happens with older movies. These days I pop in the DVD a while before I plan on watching it. I let it entertain itself for a good 20 minutes, and it's found the title menu by the time I turn on my TV.
||I never have that problem. Mine always just start right up. Never have to sit through anything.
||Must have a funky dvd player or something.
||Here's what my husband has noted: If you let the player play for a bit and then hit stop twice and then play you are immediately taken to the opening of the movie, bypassing the previews, ads and splash menu. This may be a function of our specific DVD system but it seems to work consistently.
||Ours has an 'info' button on the remote that brings up the opening menu instantly. Pressing play there starts the movie right away. Never seen a preview or an ad ever.
||I have run into those DVDs that disallow the "info" button operation during previews and ads.
||I've also seen ones that disallow fast forward or next track. I'll try the double-stop, play trick.
||[bristolz]: I tried the stop twice thing on my DVD player, and it worked. Thank you.
||I know someone who copies DVDs for the sole purpose of removing the copyright notice, so he doesn't have to sit through it. If the copyright notice wasn't there, he wouldn't bother to copy them.
||[bristolz] Thank you, thank you, thank you. The 2 stop then play even worked on the impenetrable "Thomas and the Jet Engine," which had several minutes of pure hell to sit through before I could leave the room to get the dishes done while the kids drool on the couch.
||instead of pressing stop or whatever, why not just watch regular tv? most dvd players these days have channel buttons on the remote to watch TV.
||That's an idea, but what if you want to watch the entire first season of Carnivale? Most channels don't seem to be too interested with that sort of thing.... unfortunately.