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Subtitles, yea or nay?

  1. Sed-me profile image84
    Sed-meposted 22 months ago

    I'm not referring to foreign movies. I mean movies in your own language. Do you like subtitles or hate them?

    I can hardly watch a movie/show without them. I don't know if I'm just getting older (well... I *am getting older or I'd be dead) or if I'm just doing too many things on the computer and I need to use multiple senses to actually understand what I'm watching, but I love them.

    Adversely, I have heard of ppl hating them. Or maybe you are completely passive? How do you weigh in?

  2. mishpat profile image60
    mishpatposted 22 months ago

    When you only have half an ear worth of hearing, you need all you can get.  In the same vein, why can't the movie makers use some of the older technology from the 40's and 50's, back when you could hear the sound track without subtitles.  I watch TCM oldies and don't normally need the subs.  But the new movies, I need the subs. 

    And I would like to see a little more thought go into the placement of CCs.  If their on when the news comes on, the captions are right on top of the persons name or the location of the bite.  I'm not really interested in the speakers hairdo so why not post them on the news casters forehead.  That way we can hear some of what is said in an interview and read the ribbon at the bottom that identifies the person speaking and the location.

    1. Sed-me profile image84
      Sed-meposted 22 months ago in reply to this

      I agree. When the credits are on, the subtitles go smack dab on the actors face (which may not be a bad thing depending on the actor.)

  3. Millionaire Tips profile image89
    Millionaire Tipsposted 22 months ago

    I need the subtitles for foreign movies, and have now found that I like to have them for English ones as well.  I'm not sure whether it is because I have gotten so used to reading that I forget to listen, or whether I am getting old and therefore hard of hearing.  It definitely helps to have them on for people who speak quickly, mumble or have accents I wasn't prepared to hear!

  4. bBerean profile image60
    bBereanposted 22 months ago

    La plupart des boîtes de câble et nouveaux téléviseurs devraient donner une option pour le cas où vous souhaitez que les sous-titres affichés. Vérifiez votre menu pour mettre en place ou les paramètres.

    [Most cable boxes and newer tvs should give an option for where you want the subtitles displayed.  Check your menu for set up or settings.]

  5. FatFreddysCat profile image95
    FatFreddysCatposted 22 months ago

    I was given a second hand DVD player a while ago that no longer had a remote (it had been lost), so I hooked it up in my bedroom... the first time I put a DVD in, I started seeing subtitles and was like "??" Obviously the player's subtitle mode was turned "on," but since I didn't have the remote, I had no way to turn them off.

    It was kind of weird/annoying at first but over time I've gotten used to it. As an added bonus, if I'm watching something in the middle of the night (I occasionally go thru bouts of insomnia), I can keep the volume low enough that it won't disturb the rest of the house, yet if I miss something in the dialogue, I can still "read" it at the bottom of the screen.

    The DVDs that just sub-title the dialogue at the bottom of the screen don't bother me much, but I've played some discs whose sub-titles get really soup-to-nuts, and THAT is weird...they'll even put up  sub-titles when nothing is really happening onscreen - i.e. while the opening credit song plays, the subtitles will say "SINGING" and then sub the lyrics, with little musical notes... or they subtitle sound effects ("DOOR SLAMMING," "WIND BLOWING," "DOG BARKING," etc). ... bizarre, but I guess if I were truly hard of hearing (thankfully I'm not, even with the amount of heavy metal concerts I attended in my youth) such things would come in handy....

    1. Sed-me profile image84
      Sed-meposted 22 months ago in reply to this

      Yeah, I was staying at a hotel with my mom and she was ready to sleep long before me so I turned on the TV with subtitles and read without sound. It worked.

  6. psycheskinner profile image82
    psycheskinnerposted 22 months ago

    It never occurred to me to use subtitle on an English movie.  I can hear the movies find and think it would interfere with the visual appeal.

    1. Sed-me profile image84
      Sed-meposted 22 months ago in reply to this

      Yeah, it's weird. I find I can't get into it now without reading it.

  7. mishpat profile image60
    mishpatposted 22 months ago

    Some kids change the language on the main feed on the tv to Spanish or German or whatever and put English subtitles to help with the language studies.

  8. Uninvited Writer profile image83
    Uninvited Writerposted 22 months ago

    It's usually called Closed Captioning. I use it once in a while.