Blu-ray player not resuming – ever?!?

I got a Sony Blu-Ray player recently, a BDP-S370. Enjoyed my two blu-rays on it (stupid things are still nowhere near reality with their pricing…), nice. Back to normality. Pop in a few DVDs, and after a while I found that the stupid machine never seems to resume the discs.

Now, there are lots of discussions about this on the net. Apparently there are issues with something called BD-J, something very weird where Java is somehow on the disc, for whatever unfathomable reason. In some other cases I have read about, people complain about players not resuming blu-ray discs even though these were not BD-J discs. Some people make funny statements like “resume is a feature of the disc”. Well, at least I find that funny.

Now, what I want is nothing like this. I don’t even have enough blu-ray discs to find out whether I need them to resume. (Yes, I probably really do need that, but it’s not what I’m on about now.)

What I am talking about is a feature that every one of my DVD players has had, going back ten years or so: the ability to remember the last play position of a DVD. And yes, I mean (of course!) to remember it while I take out the DVD and play a different one. I think most of the players I had had a limit on the number of discs the would remember – ten or twenty or something – but that was never a problem for me in reality.

However, not resuming at all is a big problem. Do you always just watch one disc from beginning to end? Well, I don’t. Never done it, never will. The Sony is going back Monday, and from where I’m standing, blu-ray can die a horrible death, but unless I find a player that has the basic feature set for normal DVDs that I’m accustomed to, I’m not going to buy another one.

So, which player can do what I want? I can’t find any information about this. There are endless discussions about resuming blu-rays, but none about resuming DVDs. Any hints?


Okay, just accumulating some information on this.

I found a hint somewhere that Panasonic players may be a bit cleverer with this than others, so I tried to check it out. In the manual of a Panasonic DMP-BD85, I found this:

Resume play function
Press [1] (PLAY) to restart from this position. The position is cleared if the
    tray is opened or you press several times to display "STOP" on unit's display.
On BD-Video discs including BD-J, the resume play function does not work.

“The position is cleared if the tray is opened”? Really? Why on earth? Okay, sorry, Panasonic. Can’t buy that then.

I checked the manual for a Pioneer BDP-LX91 as well. Found this:

The resume playback function is canceled automatically in the following cases:
? When the disc tray is opened.

Hm, too bad that! Sorry Pioneer, can’t buy that either.

It’s amazing, isn’t it? I just can’t believe this. Of course they never state clearly whether these details apply to all kinds of discs, or whether perhaps DVDs are different somehow… my current DVD player is a Pioneer and it can perfectly remember the last play positions on countless DVDs. Oh dear. I can’t remember being p&@$ed off that badly by a little thing. No blu-ray for me, it seems.

4 Comments on Blu-ray player not resuming – ever?!?

  1. I’m glad it’s not just me – I have Similar Sony player (570 series) which does the same thing, and I thought it was just me. What makes it worse is that the player times out from pause after a pretty short period of time (why? Worried about burning out the motor that spins the disc? WTF?) whcih loses your position. So I get a call while playing a video, have to go help with the kids, whatever and I can bank on having to find my position again from the nearest chapter. Boneheads.

    The thing about BluRay is they seem to have lost track of the point of a video storage format: I don’t want java games, integrated Internet content, other nutty features that “add value”… I want to put it in and watch the video. That’s the main thing. Anything else better not subtract from that….

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  2. I’m in your camp. I had a JVC DVD player that would remember “last play” for 30 discs, and ever since switching to Blu-Ray two years ago, I have grumbled about losing this feature.

    Maybe it wouldn’t be too bad, if Blu Ray machines booted immediately, loaded discs immediately, or allowed me to skip all the warnings, previews, and commercials. But now every time I want to pick up where I left off, it’s a minimum of 3-5 minutes just to get to the menu. Then I have to navigate to where i was.

    And this is supposedly the next evolutionary step.

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  3. Having a Sony DVD player that remembers the last 6 discs I presumed that my new LG blueray player would have that and more. Very disappointed as I get interrupted quite a bit with kids. How BlueRay developers could overlook this basic feature is beyond me. This is Human Interfaces 101 – did the whole industry get a bunch of flunkies to design their next generation UIs?? And using Java for this?!? Jeez, what, I now have to worry that my BlueRay player might get popped if I surf utube or something?? JAVA sucks. Don’t drink the Cool-Aid!

    I need to buy two more players, so I want to make sure it has this feature before I buy. Seeing as it part of the fault of design of the blue-ray Java standard, it is hard to overcome in general without manufacturers getting on-board. I think player makers can over come this, seeing as I close my laptop and it resumes when I open the lid – even Java programs (yes, you may have to invest in some RAM, player makers). Here’s an article that discussed this in more detail:

    http://www.amazon.com/Blu-ray-Resume-Play-Oy-Vey/forum/FxS31A47HV5Z5P/Tx3774OJIOE4Q4O/1?_encoding=UTF8&asin=B001GAOYCI

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  4. Can anyone tell me if there are currently any blu ray players that you can “resume” play when you remove the disc and play something else?

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