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Problem with foreign characters in subtitles

by oscarb86 / November 13, 2009 4:24 AM PST

Hello everybody

Happy new owner of the Samsung LE40B650. Had problems displaying a .srt file in my native language Danish, which has 3 characters which are non-standard European.

This would, as many have undoubtedly experienced, cause the Samsung to display weird characters when displaying the subtitle.

However, I found a fix - convert your .srt file to a .txt file, then open it with Notepad. In notepad, click "File-> Save As...", then in the bottom field "Encoding", choose "UTF-8". Save the file, giving it the same name as the movie-file, and change its ending back to .srt

This fixed the problem for me, and I will suspect it to do the same for many other languages.

Hope this will help anyone facing the same problems as me.

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Just a thought
by JojoLaFrite / November 13, 2009 7:43 AM PST

Did you try to change character encoding directly from the tv?
When you read a video, press "tools" on you remote and there is a way to specify a "language" or something like that.

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tried that
by oscarb86 / November 19, 2009 2:47 AM PST
In reply to: Just a thought

Youre right, there is, but that didnt work for me. I was unable to select anything in that menu.

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Problem with foreign characters in subtitles
by Samsung_HD_Tech Samsung staff / November 13, 2009 7:45 AM PST


Thanks for the posting. What encoding did you use prior that caused the characters not to display properly?


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by oscarb86 / November 19, 2009 2:49 AM PST

Im pretty sure the previous file used ANSI encoding.

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by Darkmaster006 / April 5, 2016 8:39 PM PDT

Thank you very much. I can't believe this worked! You deserve an award.

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