[mythtv-users] Fix for forced subtitle problems

Mike Perkins mikep at randomtraveller.org.uk
Thu Dec 14 15:49:51 UTC 2023

On 14/12/2023 15:40, Paul Harrison wrote:
> On 14/12/2023 13:39, Justin Moore wrote:
>> On Thu, Dec 14, 2023 at 6:54 AM Paul Harrison <mythtv at mythqml.net> wrote:
>>     I personally don't use subtitles so don't have an opinion but I just
>>     want to say it sounds like forced subtitle are a USA thing and I
>>     don't
>>     think we have ever used them in the UK or probably most of Europe.
>>     Are
>>     they actually used at all outside of the USA? It would be nice if the
>>     solution you come up with will still make sense for the rest of
>>     the world :)
>> Forced subtitles are often used when characters start speaking a language other than the "main" 
>> one in the movie. E.g., if it's an English-language movie and two characters start having a 
>> conversation in Japanese, forced subtitles will show the English translations of what the 
>> Japanese-speaking characters are saying.
>> I think it's common in the US, but I'd be surprised if it's only in the US. I mean, unless 
>> everyone outside the US is also fluent in Klingon or Dothraki, people everywhere will need those 
>> subtitles. :)
>> -justin
> In the UK since it's assumed everyone speaks English what you call forced subtitles would simply be 
> superimposed onto the video. I guess in the US where both English and Spanish are common it makes 
> more sense to make them an additional stream so the viewer can choose what language would be used?
> I was just making sure whatever changes are made to the handling of subtitles take into account not 
> every country uses them. My experience is with broadcast TV but Paul it seems is talking about 
> videos which is straying onto slightly dodgy territory since I'm wondering what videos are legally 
> available with forced subtitles in the UK \0/
There are plenty of e.g. Europeans living in the UK who could have DVDs in languages other than 
English. What you said used to be broadly true but it is becoming less so as time passes.


Mike Perkins

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