I know we’re in the Live/Live Plus section, but just for information’s sake, this is the way my Gen1 behaves: if the video file has the “Default” flag set for a particular Subtitle stream, then that subtitle stream shows, regardless of what the setting is in the WDTV HD’s settings. I actually had to manually re-mux many .mkv files since a couple of my programs kept authoring with the first stream’s default set to “Yes” even though I didn’t want them defaulted, and I got sick of manually turning them back off in the player when the file was played. If I’m following properly, this is the behaviour Techflaws would prefer for the Live/Live Plus.
And it’s a toss-up, depending on who you ask, which flag should take precedence – some think the file’s flags should always be honoured, regardless of the player’s settings (or there’d be no point in having flags in the file in the first place) like on my Gen1, while others think that the device settings should always be used to over-ride any file settings (or there’d be no point in being able to make the selection on the device).
All I can assume is that there’s probably a reason WD changed the behaviour of how it’s own setting is interpreted (as opposed to changing the behaviour accidentally). My guess would be that all the people with illicit downloads that have the flag set to “Yes” were vocal in demanding that the device setting over-ride the file’s flags, either because they didn’t know they could re-mux/re-author the file or because they simply didn’t want to have to bother. Now that their voice has been heard, the other side of the coin wants things changed back.
The best option, in my humble opinion, would be to have 3 choices in the WDTV settings:
Always off (ignores file default)
- Use file default
Always on (ignores file default)