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Tue, Feb 5, 2019 10:30 AM

PLEASE disable user country detection on IMDb!

I am British and live in France and am forever frustrated with IMDb's changing the titles of films I view and in my lists to French ones, when I want ALL THE TIME to see titles in English, or at least in their original language.
Please, IMDb staff, will you please disable IMDb's facility for detecting my country location (ie France) and leave film titles in English!

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2 years ago

Hi Jim,

I think you can do better: on IMDb, go to your Account settings, then Content settings, and choose the "Title display country/region" and the preferred title language.
Does it meet your expectations?

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Vincent, I don't know if you've read all the comments (below) but Col's suggestion of choosing 'Original' for Title display country works for me. Connected to a German server, the film 'The Interview' shows as just written instead of previously 'Das Interview'.

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Yes I did, but there is a nuance between setting a specific country and language, and leaving it blank or original: in the latter case, it would display the original title, whatever the country (german, spanish, hungarian, romanized russian or korean, or even worse: in french !! ;-), not in English as your original request implied.

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I'm happy if the film's title is shown in the language of its country of origin, as there is always? or at least inevitably an English translation in italic and brackets directly below.
What annoys me is a general problem of any website I connect to, detecting my isp (as being in France) and then changing its menus and other options to French. Any intelligently designed website will offer all visitors the options of which language to display their content in, if indeed they have options. To assume because I am in France that I want to see stuff in French is presumptuous, to put it nicely, insensitive and downright ignorant, not so nicely...
Just to reiterate and summarise--I don't want titles of foreign films translated into English (as the main header), just don't translate EVERY title into French or English.

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So just to make sure I get your case clearly: if you set the default title display to Original, you would still get it displayed in French?

There has been an issue reported here a couple of months ago where actually a web browser parameter had also an impact on the display language (maybe not the title). I remember that Jeorj was involved in that discussion, so if he reads this, maybe it can ring a bell to him.

Anyway, another question then: do you have the same behavior on any browser: IE, Edge, Firefox, Safari, Opera,... ?

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The "accept language" HTTP header setting in the client software may have an effect, otherwise the geographical location associated with the Internet address of the client host factors into it.

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Vincent, I am happy to see French films' titles in French ie the original language. I'm not averse to French, after all this is now my adopted country's language! Just leave all this translation business alone, and let titles appear in whatever language the filmmaker has chosen...

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2 years ago

Hello Vincent

Thank for your suggestion. However, sadly I have had my Site Preferences > Title display country/region set to United Kingdom and Title display language to English, so clearly this is not having the desire effect.

I am currently (as I write) using a VPN server in Germany, I've just reset my IMDb preferences to those I mentioned above, cleared my browser caches, cookies and other plug-ins, opened the film "The Interview 1998" which is an Australian production, and guess what, the title appears as "Das Interview"!

Regards

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2 years ago

Sorry for the inconvenience.  This is a known issue and it is tricky to provide the best experience due to the way we store some of the information about original titles and local titles. 

Until we have a full solution, our recommendation is to go to your site settings at https://www.imdb.com/preferences/general and on the menu "Title display country" please choose "Original" which is the first item on the menu.  This will block the localization of titles which should improve things, even though there will still be some issues.

Employee

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We see you also tagged this to the iOS app category so there's a "Show titles in original language" setting in there too. 

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Thanks Col, I will try the 'Original' setting.

5 mins later-- yes it works! Thank you, brilliant!

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Col,

This thread discusses the title, but even worse is when the trailers are presented with translated audio - which I absolutely despise. I live in Germany, and want movies to be played with original audio, absolutely NOT in German, unless that is the original. The suggested title setting above "https://www.imdb.com/preferences/general and on the menu "Title display country" please choose "Original" " did not fix the issue.

Please advise.

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2 years ago

As I've had occasion to suggest previously, it must be feasible to set the software always to show the title in the original language AND in the language preference as set by the user. My local newspaper here in Spain manages to do this NO PROBLEMA. Thanks!

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496 Points

2 years ago

You can already change it here: 
https://www.imdb.com/preferences/general


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That's what he did: see his first reply above.

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Marium, 'United Kingdom' does not work, however Col's suggestion of using 'Original' DOES work!