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What's the best portable DVD player for a technophobe with bad eyesight and arthritis?

My dad has been saying he wants a portable DVD player because my mother and sister "watch HGTV incessantly and he never gets a chance to watch the kind of things he likes to watch". Dad has a hard time learning how to use technical equipment (he has yet to learn to operate their DVD player) so simple mechanisms are desired, his eyesight isn't that good anymore, and he has a fairly severe case of rheumatoid arthritis so he'll need something that doesn't have tiny or hard-to-maneuver switches and buttons. Also I'd like something budget friendly (i.e., under $200). What do you recommend, movie lovers of MeFi?
posted by orange swan on Mar 2, 2012 - 16 answers

 

Playing a 16:9 avi from USB through DVD player--it's displaying at 4:3. Help?

How can I get a downloaded .avi that is 16:9 to display properly on a 4:3 tv (with setting options)? The tv *does* play 16:9 DVDs just fine. [more inside]
posted by tzikeh on Jan 13, 2012 - 4 answers

Double-zero sept just isn't the same.

My DVD player automatically plays all DVDs in French. I like French and all, but James Bond is so much more fun in English! [more inside]
posted by chatongriffes on Jun 9, 2011 - 9 answers

Watching old "Dexter" without much new equipment?

How can I watch old "Dexter"s and new movies from Netflix, etc, on my HD TV, the cheapest, simplest, least-techy way? I've got Verizon internet, cable and phone package, and a new Apple desktop, and don't want to add much more hardware. [more inside]
posted by fivesavagepalms on Dec 8, 2010 - 26 answers

Freeware DVD Player

Please help me find dvd player software. [more inside]
posted by thewestinggame on Dec 28, 2009 - 8 answers

How to scale up DVD playback on Mac?

In Apple's DVD Player app for Mac (or in VLC), how can I scale the footage beyond the screen resolution? (Or specifically, scale the footage to the full width of the screen.) [more inside]
posted by kidbritish on Nov 29, 2009 - 3 answers

It's just a DD player right now

Our DVD player's video output keeps going out. It's not the cable. What to do? [more inside]
posted by chesty_a_arthur on Jun 25, 2009 - 3 answers

Why won't all my DVDs play as they should?

How do I burn VIDEO_TS folders to DVD Video discs that work on standalone players? [more inside]
posted by hippybear on May 3, 2009 - 18 answers

Fastforwarding subtitles?

Does your DVD player display subtitles while fast forwarding? [more inside]
posted by ellanea on Jan 23, 2009 - 8 answers

How do I repeat a scene on a loop on my mac dvd player?

So here's the deal. There is a beautiful scene in one of my favorite movies, The Unberable Lightness of Being, that I would like to put on repeat and play indefinitely. However, this scene starts at the very end of one chapter and goes on through to the end of the last chapter, so I can't just put one chapter on repeat without omitting other parts of the scene. How do I, using the MacDVD player, or any player for that matter, take a slice of the movie (roughly 4 minutes long) and put it on repeat and preferably save it to my desktop? Thanks
posted by leybman on Oct 8, 2008 - 8 answers

Boredbaby filter: Portable DVD player for car

I need recommendations for a DVD player that straps to your headrest. [more inside]
posted by beccaj on Jun 12, 2008 - 6 answers

HDMI, Upconvert, 1080i, What is all this stuff?

I want to buy my mother a new DVD player for her birthday/mother's day. She wants one that can record VHS to DVD. When I went on Amazon to look for such a thing, there were an overwhelming number of possibilities. Can you help explain to me what some of the features are? [more inside]
posted by bluefly on May 8, 2008 - 4 answers

"Ugh, get that filthy thing out of me at once."

Why is my Mac's DVD player so stupid? [more inside]
posted by greytape on May 7, 2008 - 9 answers

Upconverting DVD Players for Less Than $100

Can anybody recommend an upconverting DVD player that costs less than $100? It needs to play CDs and CD-Rs as well.
posted by NoMich on Jan 2, 2008 - 14 answers

PS2 plays some DVDs and not others?

Why does my roommate's PS2 play some DVDs and not some others? Is there anything I can do about it? [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Nov 25, 2007 - 6 answers

Karaoke on home DVD player?

do I have to buy a karoke machine to play karaoke dvds, or can I use an ordinary dvd player?
posted by Nayano on Nov 2, 2007 - 2 answers

Mac DVD player that can increase playback speed while preserving audio quality?

Is there a Mac DVD player that will allow me to increase the playback speed while not causing the actors to sound like Karen Walker from "Will and Grace" or the resident munchkins from Oz? [more inside]
posted by HotPatatta on Apr 18, 2007 - 15 answers

Cheapo electronics advice

Two cheapo electronics questions: Is there any bargain-basement DVD player on Amazon that's better than any other (in terms of quality/longevity more than features), and which of the following used monitors should I get for my Mac Mini? [more inside]
posted by blueshammer on Sep 1, 2006 - 12 answers

A DVD player, a TV, composite cables, and a spark

Connecting my DVD player to my TV apparently damaged the latter's composite cable ports. Now I'm wondering if this could happen to other devices. [more inside]
posted by yz on Apr 22, 2006 - 5 answers

DVD No Read?

DVD Player dying? My Panasonic DVD-RV60 player ("chipped" or region-free) has lately developed an intermittent problem playing DVDs. Often, when I insert a disc, I get either a "No Disc" or "No Play" message. Ejecting and slightly turning the disc (sometimes many times,) will eventually result in the disc playing. CDs, on the either hand are read flawlessly. Once a disc starts playing, no problem. Is my player dying? I've tried cleaning the lens using a cleaning disc, but that hasn't helped. [more inside]
posted by Expat on Oct 23, 2005 - 9 answers

Best portable DVD player?

What is the best portable DVD player in terms of quality and price? We will mainly use it for travelling with small children.
posted by jacobsee on Sep 27, 2005 - 5 answers

dvd for non HDTV?

Trying to buy a cheap, non-HD (single-disc, even) DVD player, and having trouble separating the facts from the hucksterism on the web. [more inside]
posted by umberto on Sep 13, 2005 - 12 answers

Which manufacturers make well-built home theater equipment at a reasonable price?

Over the past several years, I have been burned by poor quality in home electronics from various manufacturers. I have purchased pieces by Sony (home stereo), Panasonic (theatre-in-a-box) and RCA (various pieces of junk), and all have given out in one way or another far too quickly for my liking. In a renewed attempt to build a proper home theatre system (DVD/CD, receiver, speakers, etc), and recognizing that I haven't the money for really high-end stuff but will avoid anything cheap, I seek outside opinions as to which manufacturers are making products that are of reasonable quality, and reasonably priced. Your experiences, please.
posted by danwalker on Feb 4, 2005 - 23 answers

I need a good freeware DVD player for Win98.

I need a good freeware DVD player for Win98. [more inside]
posted by wanderingmind on Dec 27, 2003 - 5 answers

Can my laptop with DVD player serve my in-car TV/DVD player needs?

I'm in the market for an in-car DVD player and tv. Can a laptop with a DVD player fill this role well? This would be my preferred solution for some obvious reasons. Is there any problem with skipping?

(I have Googled this some and couldn't find good info...)
posted by Sean Meade on Dec 12, 2003 - 5 answers

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