Samsung DVD-HD860 won’t display closed captioning

17 09 2006

Couple of my friends purchased DVD player with up-conversion in it. They recommended it to me to get one. I finally got it last weekend and they were right. It’s awesome!!

Basically, Samsung DVD-HD860 DVD player will convert regular DVD movies into 720p or 1080i resolution which makes the screen looks more of HD quality format. (more colorful, too) I still keep my old Sony DVD player and I can see big difference between both players.

It just brings you more enjoyment to watch movies and you don’t need to wait for HD-DVD / Blu-ray DVD movies or hardware. This DVD-HD860 device will do just fine.

I used HDMI cable to hook it up and it works like charm. Note: Get HDMI cable at Wal-mart for $33 dollars. Best Buy or Circuit City sells it for $89 and up. What a joke!

One bad thing about it – they blocked whole things including closed captioning. Good thing we have subtitle so I am not too concerned. I already emailed complaint to Samsung – maybe they have solution for it. We will see.

Many manufacturer do offers it such as Sony, Pansonic, others but I really can’t tell if they will work ok with closed captioning. Many retailers doesn’t even have live demo to see it. If you happen to have one of these, please let me know.

To view video from my server – click here or to view from youtube, click here.


Disappointed with LifeLinks VRS

13 09 2006

LifeLinks VRS

LifeLinks VRS (LLVRS) screwed up….again.

This time they finally shut down free broadband program. What’s more they did not even inform me at ALL. I found out about it thru one of my friend from another state. (See email below)

LifeLinks VRS paid my Comcast faithfully for approximately six months. My Comcast have been switched to Time Warner Cable (TWC) by no choice last month. I got a bill saying I owed $99 plus tax for hi-speed internet business package. (It was selected by LLVRS) I immediately email to LLVRS customer service twice within a week and I never heard from them. I finally called TWC and transferred account back to resident package. ($49 a month) I still owed about 2 weeks worth of business package.

Forget it; I don’t need anything from LLVRS anymore. It’s not worth.

I’ve wrote few times about LLVRS at my blogsite. It was nothing but frustration (And some positive, too) with them — click here for more details. I am sorry to say that but they don’t deserve to be in VRS business till they fix it and improve their customer service.

You still can use Sightspeed video software (pretty good stuff) without using LLVRS. Sign it up for personal use – it’s free.

—————————- Original Message —————————-
Subject: LifeLinks
From: "Lifelinks Customer Service" <>
Date: Tue, August 29, 2006 5:42 pm
To: (removed)


Lifelinks has striven to support its program of free broadband to deaf persons through Comcast.

The program was intended for deaf people but hearing people signed on and abused our offer, using up the funding that we had budgeted for it.

Regrettably, it is necessary to discontinue the program.

You can continue to receive Comcast broadband by contracting with Comcast directly and we suggest you do so by calling the Comcast number in your area, using VRS or e-mail.

When you do so, please remember that Lifelinks VRS is available to you just as it has been in the past either by downloading the free Sightspeed software on your PC from our website – or by calling * * using your VP-100 or D-Link.

We regret the inconvenience.

Thank you for your understanding.

Customer Service
Lifelinks VRS