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Old 07-18-2010, 09:20 PM
 
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A Polaroid tv/dvd combo won't play certain dvds. What's more weird is that these dvds are LionsGate movies-
Daybreakers
Precious

And it also wouldn't allow 2 Disney movies-
Alice in Wonderland -Tim Burton
Nightmare Before Christmas- also Tim Burton

This is truly puzzling.

Can anyone offer help?
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Old 07-19-2010, 10:22 AM
 
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are these retail dvds or burned?
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Old 07-19-2010, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Happy wherever I am - Florida now
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Check the boxes for the DVD's and the instructions on the TV player to see what formats they are and what can be played on the TV. They may not be compatible.
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Old 07-19-2010, 10:55 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Double density/layer issue?

DVD - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 07-19-2010, 02:46 PM
 
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Copy protection is stopping them from playing. The firmware in the drive itself can't deal with it.

I really doubt it is a dual layer problem, as DVD's have been DL for a long time, and many (most?) DVD's are DL. With some older drives you can even see a pause or glitch when the drive refocuses on the second layer.
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Old 07-19-2010, 03:20 PM
 
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Macrovision?
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Old 07-20-2010, 12:42 AM
 
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Macrovision?
Technically Macrovision is a company commonly associated with VHS protection which is really nothing more than an analog video error they patented. It only effects VHS decks, it doesn't effect TV's. It wouldn't effect computer capture cards either except they look for it. It can and will be on all commercial DVD's but to the best of my knowledge it's just a flag on the DVD and added by the player through the analog outputs.

More here if you're interested: Macrovision Protection and Non Commercial VHS Tapes

Having said that it can be caused by a Macrovison product because they also produce Rip Guard and a few other products for DVD protection. Assuming these aren't burned disks or bootlegs I'd have to agree with Asheville Native. Many of the protection schemes skirt what is the DVD spec. Out of curiosity do they have the DVD logo on them?

If they are burned discs or a bootleg then the player doesn't like the disc. Some players won't play +R, -R or either. If you purchased these anywhere other than the normal location it's possible you have bootlegs. They go through great lengths to produce a very good looking product with nice screen printed covers, plastic wrapper... the whole deal. A lot of consumers would never know the difference. Funny story I heard on a video site, some time ago there was bootleg floating around where the guy ripping it fixed a problem with the original.


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Check the boxes for the DVD's and the instructions on the TV player to see what formats they are and what can be played on the TV. They may not be compatible.
DVD is a standard, if a player or a disc has the DVD logo it has to meet the DVD specs. That's why I'm curious if they have DVD logo. The only issue you might run into with formats is if they PAL instead of NTSC. PAL is used in the UK and other countries. This FYI is the reason those discs Obama gave away didn't work. Another issue could be region coding but neither of those problems should happen because those discs are not distributed here.
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Old 07-20-2010, 07:52 AM
 
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Wow- it seems I came to the right place....never knew all this.

These movies were mostly rentals- from the video store or Redbox. The Nightmare Before Cristmas was purchased at Walmart or somewhere but no longer have the box.

They play fine on our computer, xbox, or other tv/dvd combo....it's just this Polaroid TV doesn't like some of the dvds.

Am going to see about the warranty; however, I have a feeling they are going to say the dvd player works fine.
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Old 07-20-2010, 08:21 AM
 
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OT but I can't resist pointing out how many posters are admitting to only being "half geniuses".
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Old 07-20-2010, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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"They play fine on our computer, xbox, or other tv/dvd combo....it's just this Polaroid TV doesn't like some of the dvds."

I think you just answered your own question. Your unit is defective.
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