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Old 04-07-04, 09:16 PM
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DVD Player skipping sexual contents and other "offensive" materials

Clearplay is on the move again. The upside of this is we may be able to hack these players and use them to create fan's cut version of your favorite movies.


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Wal-Mart and Kmart, two of the nation's biggest retailers, are planning to sell a new DVD player that includes a technology that has riled Hollywood -- a controversial program that can automatically skip sexual content, graphically violent scenes and language deemed offensive.

The new DVD player, manufactured under the RCA brand by Thomson Inc., comes as public debate is heating up over whether the media have pushed the limits of decency, especially after too much of singer Janet Jackson was bared during this year's Super Bowl halftime show.

RCA plans to start shipping the DVD player in the next few weeks. It is scheduled to be on shelves at Wal-Mart and Kmart in the next two months at a suggested price of $79, said Dave Arland, Thomson's vice president of U.S. corporate communications and government relations. Wal-Mart's version will be black while Kmart's will be silver.

Both Thomson and filtering program developer ClearPlay Inc. say the time is ripe for such a DVD player.

"I think the American public is concerned and is looking for a solution, '' said Bill Aho, chief executive officer of ClearPlay Inc., the Salt Lake City firm that is one of several companies battling a lawsuit filed by the biggest movie studios and major directors like Steven Soderbergh, John Landis and Steven Spielberg. The suit claims that filtering technology such as ClearPlay's produces an unauthorized and illegal version of their artistic work.

"It's against the First Amendment to stop the media from providing content that's edgier and edgier. It's up to technology,'' Aho said during a recent stop in San Francisco.

But the Directors Guild of America disagreed.

"In the guise of making films 'family-friendly,' ClearPlay seeks to make whatever 'edits' they see fit to any material they don't like," the group said in a prepared statement. "By not seeking the consent of the director, whose name on the movie reflects the fact that the film comprises his or her work, or of the studio as copyright holder, they can and do change the very meaning and intent of films."

Thomson is watching the outcome of the lawsuit closely, but decided to go ahead with the ClearPlay-enabled DVD player because of keen interest from Wal- Mart Stores Inc., based in Bentonville, Ark.

"This was a major customer, Wal-Mart, expressing interest in the technology,'' Arland said. "It's another example of a way technology can be used by a parent to, at the very least monitor, if not control, what a child is seeing.''

A Wal-Mart spokesman had no immediate comment about its plans for the DVD player. Kmart representatives could not be reached for comment. A spokesman for the Motion Picture Association of America declined comment, citing the pending lawsuit.

The ClearPlay system uses a set of programmed commands tailored to about 500 individual movies released on DVD. Not all movies are available, and Aho said ClearPlay won't even try if filtering would ruin the film.

The commands tell the DVD player when to mute dialog or skip segments that show 14 levels of violence, sex, nudity and profanity. The user can pick which filters to activate.

In "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines,'' for example, the filter shows the title character -- played by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger -- squatting naked in the desert and starting to stand up, but cuts to a shot of him already standing and seen only from the chest up.

A team of ClearPlay employees screens films, which can be selected by the DVD owner. The directors and movie studios have argued that the ClearPlay system allows people who are not necessarily qualified to edit their films.

Aho responded, "The guys doing this are movie guys who have a passion for movies like nothing I'd ever seen. We think it's presumptive of the directors to want to follow movies into the home.''
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I know its immature to make fun of people's name, but cant resist to point out that Aho means Idiot in Japanese.
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Old 04-07-04, 09:23 PM
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This is GREAT technology! Anything that relieves my burden as a parent, and allows the Electronic Babysitter to be that much more effective is A+ in my book. Soon, I wont have to bother at all with what my children watch!
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Old 04-07-04, 09:28 PM
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The new DVD player, manufactured under the RCA brand by Thomson Inc., comes as public debate is heating up over whether the media have pushed the limits of decency, especially after too much of singer Janet Jackson was bared during this year's Super Bowl halftime show.
It's settled then. Janet Jackson is the root of all evil.

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I don't know who is more annoying. The people who go nuts bitching about Janet's boob or the people who go nuts bitching about the people who bitch about Janet's boob.
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Old 04-07-04, 09:48 PM
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The ClearPlay system uses a set of programmed commands tailored to about 500 individual movies released on DVD.

So, everytime a new movie comes out, you have to buy a new DVD player that has that movie programmed in it's "database"?

Hmmmm so I say let 'em sell them. The people that would buy them deserve them.
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I don't know who is more annoying. The people who go nuts bitching about Janet's boob or the people who go nuts bitching about the people who bitch about Janet's boob.
I vote for the people who go nuts bitching about the people who bitch about the people who bitch about Janet's boob.
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In "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines,'' for example, the filter shows the title character -- played by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger -- squatting naked in the desert and starting to stand up, but cuts to a shot of him already standing and seen only from the chest up.

Thank heavens! We know what kind of sexual frenzy that scene caused....

For those wishing to pre-order this new DVD player, look for the Ashcroft 6900 at your favorite on-line store.
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Old 04-07-04, 10:25 PM
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It's settled then. Janet Jackson is the root of all evil.
Her new album is all the proof you need.
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I can't wait to put "Natural Born Killers" in that DVD player so I can watch the end credits right away
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Old 04-07-04, 10:54 PM
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Originally posted by El-Kabong
This is GREAT technology! Anything that relieves my burden as a parent, and allows the Electronic Babysitter to be that much more effective is A+ in my book. Soon, I wont have to bother at all with what my children watch!
I'm really starting to hate this "arguement." What is wrong with a parent using technology to battle technology? No parent can watch their children 24/7. I'm not a parent, but if I was one, I know I'd like to have technological options will allow me to control what my kids see when I'm not there to make sure myself. This isn't neligence (as you seem to imply), but smart.

And I don't know what Hollywood is so upset about. Give me a freakin' break. They have been buthering movies for years to show them on TV. The only difference here is you are giving that power to the home user.
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How frigging stupid is this !
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Different strokes I guess. In an age of a television child-raiser, this was a given. The V-Chip was only the beginning.
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it does sound ridiculous but I can understand it if you have kids and you have movies you don't want your kids seeing. dont most DVD players have a parental lock anyway or is that just a select number. either way this is fine with me, since its in certain dvd players and its a choice whether or not to buy them.
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"I'm really starting to hate this "arguement." What is wrong with a parent using technology to battle technology? No parent can watch their children 24/7. I'm not a parent, but if I was one, I know I'd like to have technological options will allow me to control what my kids see when I'm not there to make sure myself. This isn't neligence (as you seem to imply), but smart."


I would have agreed with this post if we were talking about a TV or cable box but not for a DVD player. If as a parent you don't know what your kids are putting into a DVD player, then there is something wrong. A sanitized DVD player is a stupid product. A person with any type of DVD player has the choice to put whatever movie he wants at whatever time he wants. If a person rented or bought a movie, why would he want the movie to be cut in graphic action or sex parts, since he was the one that had the choice to buy or rent the movie in the first place. I also wonder what exactly this player would consider censoring, since anything from a punch to a kiss could be considered graphic action or sex.
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Well this is a stupid idea for stupid clueless people.

Also it is very simple to control what kids view without going to absurb pathetic lengths such as the censored dvd player. How about,keeping the films you own that you do not think are appropriate for them,locked away in a cabinet,or the highest on the shelf? I assume we are talking truely about kids 10 & under. Thus they would never be able to reach the top shelf if high enough. If these clueless people are trying to shelter teenagers,haha good luck!


As for kids 10 & under. Make sure they ask you if they can watch such in such. You can always say yes or no depending on the film. Even if they complain,you can stick by your answer until they pick out something that is acceptable for their age.


As for teenagers...enough with the sheltering already. Why not actually trust your kids for a change rather than oppress everything that is out there? Since viewing edited versions of films you consider 'offensive' only makes you a hypocrite.

Why is it ok to watch the butchured to hell True Romance,but viewing it with all the crass language & graphic violence intact not ok? Oh yeah,the brief instance of nudity would have to shut there eyes at as well. Why not just let them watch it uncut if they are mature enough to handle it?

Pretty simple solution which shows you trust them..and they may start to make the right choices. I know I have after my parents gave me 'free range' with renting whatever movies(not pornos..for those fear mongers who will ask 'yeah..guess i should let them watch porn then!') I wanted to. I became more open minded,knew they were only films & not real. Grew up to always make the right choices in life..and oh my god,they had no negative affect on me whatsoever. I have not killed anyone,don't drink,smoke or do drugs..& probably most shocking of all...am still a virgin(!).

How could that have happened despite seeing Last House on the Left when 11(not recomended then..but i thought i could handle it,lol)..all the way to Cannibal Holocaust last year at 22...not to mention various other films with graphic violence or aton of sex & nudity in them?


So if you raise your kids right,they will turn out alright for the most part. Keep sheltering and treating them like babies even when adults...& they will turn out royally ****ed up.
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I have to agree with the previous poster. My parents were about the same as yours with letting me watch what I wanted at a certain age and I turned out fine .
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Don't raise your kids with television, period. They'll be better off without it.
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If someone has to buy a DVD player to do this kind of work for them then the problem in that house is far bigger than seeing sex and violence in a movie.
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I have not killed anyone,don't drink,smoke or do drugs..& probably most shocking of all...am still a virgin(!)
Well, I drink, smoke, do drugs, and have sex every weekend and I turned out fine as well.
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To tell you the truth, I really don't care if this comes out, because I ain't buying it!
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I don't see what the problem is. Why do you care if someone else wants their movies edited? If there is a market for it, I can't blame them for making the thing.
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I don't get it. DVD technology already has a built in "censoring" feature. It's called parental control/lock, with different levels of access even. Now, I'm not sure how many DVDs are currently released that actually use this part of the technology, but maybe if this was touted more, there wouldn't be a need for the player mentioned in this thread. Oh well.

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Just and idiotic idea. Turn on the parental locks if you want to control what your kids watch. That's what MPAA ratings are for.
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Hey I'm all for it. If the prudes of the world can buy these players than maybe they'll finally quit their damn bitching and let the rest of us enjoy our violent and pornographic movies in peace.
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This is the perfect product for my friends exwife. The moment they brought their newborn home they put it in front of the TV, and she’s been doing it ever since. Now the child is 6 years old and can’t go to school because he refuses to sit in a desk or do anything that doesn’t involve the TV.
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