Multilingual recording medium and reproduction apparatus

  • US 6,128,434 A
  • Filed: 06/09/1998
  • Issued: 10/03/2000
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/29/1993
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A reproduction apparatus for reproducing information from a medium including an information recording management area and an information recording data area, said management area recording control information representing an arrangement of information recorded in said data area, said data area recording a plurality of data units with each data unit containing a group consisting of data unit sub-code information which contains control information related to a corresponding data unit, video information arranged in a reading direction, two or more pieces of sub-picture information to be combined with said video information with each piece of sub-picture information being related to said video information, and two or more pieces of audio information with each piece related to said video information,wherein said medium records user-selectable menu items including characters or symbols of different languages that are presented by said sub-picture information, user-selectable subtitle items including characters of different languages that are presented by said sub-picture information, and user-selectable voice items including speech of different languages that are presented by said audio information, andwherein any combination of said languages of the user-selected menu item, user-selected subtitle item, and user-selected voice item is available independently of each other for use by a user of said medium, said reproduction apparatus comprising:

  • means for reading data unit sub-code information, video information, sub-picture information, and audio information from said data area;

    means for reading said user-selectable menu items, said user-selectable subtitle items, and said user-selectable voice items; and

    means for displaying a menu representing said user-selectable menu items, said user-selectable subtitle items, and said user-selectable voice items so that any combination of the languages of said user-selectable subtitle items is available independently of each other for use by a user of said medium.

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