I didn’t really wanna start this morning sounding like a Seinfeld stand up routine… but, what is it with DVD players and user-unfriendliness? It’s almost like they rushed them out into the stores, without actually seeing if people could use them.
Now, I’m a latecomer to the amazing world of DVDs, and don’t get me wrong, I love them! I’d heard all the stories of impossible to understand menu systems, indecipherable settings and bizarre remote control buttons, but it wasn’t until actual DVD player ownership that I realised just how bad the problem is.
Why would I want to change my bit-rate setting?
What the hell is anamorphic widescreen?
Why is it, when I want to fast-forward, I end up skipping to the next chapter – but not every time?
How come I can’t skip over the FBI warnings after I’ve already seen them during this viewing?
Why isn’t it all just really easy?!?
I just hope those technologists figure out user-friendliness before we all take delivery of our shiny new internet fridges…