Impossible to change Title Display Language & Country.

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Ever since the search engine was updated I always get the titles in the search results and randomly in some title pages in Portuguese (I live in a portuguese speaking country), even if I'm logged in and change the settings in the site preferences to "Title display country: United States" and "Title display language: English". Other people from other countries reported this problem on the "IMDb Information" board and got no answer. I tried changing the "Title display country" to any other country, and the results still show the titles in Portuguese anyway. I'm used (like most film buffs) to know movies by their english titles, so the fact that now I can't change the language the titles are displayed to any other than the country I live in makes the site very frustrating to use.
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Posted 7 years ago

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At this point I'm setting this to 'Not a Problem' because the display is working as designed and all reported cases so far have been verified as data issues (and fixable by updating or adding the correct alternate title) rather than problems with the code. Thanks to everyone who has contributed to the discussion so far, with comments and examples.

Just to summarize things for the benefit of newcomers, this is how the title display logic works:

  1. By default, pages will display the title used for release in the user's country, based on their geographical location. So an Italian user visiting the page for Star Wars (1977) will see the film listed at the top of the page as Guerre stellari (1977) while a visitor from France will see it shown as La guerre des etoiles (1977)

  2. This behavior can be changed by registering/logging into your IMDb account and updating your site preferences and changing the 'Title Display' options. Setting 'Title Display Country' to "Original" will always show a film's original title, in whatever language that may be; setting "Title Display Country" to a specific country will always display titles used for release in that specific country. For countries where films are released in more than one language (e.g. Canada, Switzerland etc.) you can also specify the default "Title Display Language". However this preference has no effect if the Title Display Country is set to 'Original'. In most cases, if what you want to see are the titles of films as they were commonly known when originally released rather than in the language of your country/location, the best/easiest option is to set Title Display Country to Original

  3. The display of this data is only as good as the underlying data. If we don't have a title matching the selection of country or language, then the display will revert to the title used in the visiting user's country. This explains why in some cases you may not see the title you expect to see -- it's because we actually don't have an alternate title matching the 'Title Display Country' you have select. If you do know what the correct title is for that country, we would really appreciate if you could submit the missing information, as this will permanently fix the issue for all visitors.

If new concrete examples of problems with the display are reported (e.g. titles being showed in the wrong language even when the correct title/language combination is present) we will be happy to investigate them.