598 of 614 people found the following review helpful
on February 2, 2012
The Philips DVP3560 shipping box contained the instructions to enable it to be an all region player. The instructions did not work. It probably works on other Philips players but not this one.
1. Please make sure there is no DVD inside the unit
2. Press Setup
3. Press the down arrow three times until you see the "preference page"
4. Press 1,3,8,9,3,1
5. Press up/down key to select "0" <-THERE IS NO SELECTION TO BE MADE!!!!
6. Turn off the DVD player
Congratulations! Your DVD is now multi region.
Luckily, I found the correct instructions on the internet. I only have had this player for one day. It is working well so far. Here is the correct instructions.
1. No DVD in the tray. The tray closed. The unit and TV on.
2. Press "Setup" on the remote.
3. Press the "down" arrow repeatedly until the top heading shows "Preferences."
4a. Then press "OK" and Audio will be highlighted.
b. Press the "down" arrow and the next category "Subtitles" will be highlighted.
c. THEN enter this 6-digit code: "138931"
Immediately the screen will show "Region Code 1".
d. Press the "up" arrow and "Code 1" becomes "Code 0". All Region or Region Free.
e. Press "Setup" to exit.
5. Turn off and then back on to remove green bar along the top of the screen
229 of 237 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2012
American sellers don't sell all-region players. The players are all-region capable but are set to region 1. They need a code to get the all-region capability.
This distributor (WorldWide Distributors) handled the all-region demand the right way. The item came sealed because the distributor didn't tamper with it. If you get a player from the US that plays all-region out of the box, the seller opened it and entered the code. This item was simply packaged with the sealed player and a sheet of very simple instructions for entering the code. I entered it and it played perfectly.
I immediately tried a region 1 disc, then a PAL region 2, then a region 3, and back to region 1. No hiccups, no video quality problems. You may want to buy a cheap HDMI cable to get the 1080p options. I tested it with component hookups and it looks great, but without the HDMI cable it may stretch all full-screen TV shows to wide. It comes with one composite cable.
Buy without hesitation.
117 of 130 people found the following review helpful
on December 14, 2011
This is exactly the DVD player I've been looking for. It can play anything you throw at it and without a glitch. Make sure you run it through an HDMI connection if you're looking for HD quality.
There are just couple of things that keep it from being perfect:
For example you can't close the disc tray by pressing the same button you use to eject it. You close it by applying enough force to the DVD tray and unfortunately there's more resistance than I like. (**UPDATE**: The eject button on my unit had a change of heart and can now also close the disc tray flawlessly. I don't know how it fixed itself but I'm happy that it did).
The remote control does not work unless you point it exactly at the DVD player and I haven't had to do it like this in years so it doesn't feel as responsive as what I'm used to.
Those are all minor gripes and definitely not big enough to take off even one star. If you've been looking for a media player solution for your living room, this is it.
66 of 72 people found the following review helpful
on March 4, 2012
Purchased in January, 2012, died 32 days later with my DVD inside. Had to take machine apart to get my DVD. Worldwide Distributors did not respond to emails, nor could I get them on the phone. Shame on Amazon for dealing with this company. In addition, Philips will have nothing to do with 3rd parties and their products.
58 of 65 people found the following review helpful
on February 11, 2012
Well, I ordered this unit being that it was mulit regional and my wife was coming over from Thailand and I wanted her to be able to play all her DVD's, well it worked fine for 14 hours and during the 3rd DVD it died, power and all, I called Philipps and they were nice and great and ready to replace it immediately until they found out I went through a 3rd party, called WorldWide Distrbutors, as this time I am still dealing with them, they seem OK, but not as good as Philipps.
Would I buy again, NO, I went to Best Buy and found it at least $15 cheaper, and with a better return policy, time will tell how my return works. This is the first time I have bought from Amazon with a major problem and return, but still hoping for the best.
45 of 50 people found the following review helpful
on December 9, 2011
This Phillips DVD player has been tweaked by the supplier to work on all regions. If it only plays Region 1 discs on arrival it can be set up by the consumer (see other reviews on how to do this), but mine arrived set up already. It is a compact, easy to use unit with a simple remote. It supports device control over HDMI so it will switch on and off an attached compatible TV and select the TV input automatically. It upscales to 1080p and the picture quality is good. There are HDMI, component video, digital audio and stereo analog outputs on the back. The digital audio is coax (not fiber optic) and passes Dolby 5.1 surround and DTS signals OK. Note that some TVs don't support DTS or Dolby 5.1 via HDMI and, in these cases, the player downconverts to stereo. You will need to disable HDMI audio and use the digital coax connection to your receiver to circumvent this.
In summary, a quality unit that works as advertised.
30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on March 20, 2012
I have been using this player for several months by now. It skips on perfectly good disks causing picture to freeze. Spend more money and get a better player.
31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on March 6, 2012
When we first turned this DVD player on, we had some issues. The DVD root menu took forever to load. Then, after accidentally starting the wrong thing, we tried returning to the root menu, causing the player to freeze. (I blamed my husband's impatience and pushing too many buttons too quickly.) We couldn't eject the DVD either. Eventually, in a last-resort moment, I turned off the power strip, restarting the DVD player which seemed to fix the problem. For a couple days, we didn't have issues with my son watching a few short movies. One of my DVDs skipped and froze; but, I assumed it was an issue with the DVD. In general, I found the player slow to respond (But we did buy a lower-cost DVD player so I wasn't expecting great performance.) After about 1wk of use, the DVD player has completely stopped working again. This time, no DVD will load; it makes an awkward noise while attempting to load the DVD. What happened this time? My son pushed eject without stopping the DVD first. Though, ideally, he should have gotten the remote to stop the show before ejecting - there is only a power, eject and play/pause on the DVD player itself, I've never had a DVD player break because someone ejected the DVD without stopping it. Powering down, even unplugging, has not fixed the player this time.
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 2011
I've had a few different DVD players over the years, this one is the greatest.
It plays all my DVDs without any problems, including my DVD-RW recorded movies.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on July 23, 2012
i cannot believe that this hasn't been written about before, but there are major macrovision issues with this dvd player. note that all the dvds i've played on this player are LEGALLY bought/issued from typical stores like best buy. macrovision is a program a lot of dvd players have to prevent playing illegally-made copyright materials- however, the program sometimes causes problems with legal dvds as well- the way it presents itself is where there is a dark scene playing, the picture image will fade from dark to light very quickly-- this becomes obnoxious after a while, and is happening with every single one of my 'sex and the city' dvds. today, i put in the movie 'thor', and it is doing the same thing. (so clearly, it is not a problem with the dvds themselves)
in addition to the picture fading from dark to light, 'thor' also stopped playing in the middle of the movie, to show me a copyright protection warning. i was able to restart the movie where it left off after going to 'scene selections', but again, this clearly IS NOT something that should be happening.
all the online forums that discuss this problem talk about it happening when the tv is hooked up through a vcr player...this is not true to my setup- this dvd player is hooked straight to my tv, because both are newer models- it IS NOT an issue of an older appliance trying to sync with a newer one.
i really wanted to keep this dvd player, as i needed one that played all region dvds, but i am afraid i will have to try another. i would not recommend it.