Actually, there are some DVD players, and perhaps BR players, that can be set to play DVD's of all regions, often by changing some settings via the remote control; but while that may defeat the region coding, it won't...in most cases...allow proper conversion from PAL to NTSC for standard US televisions. You'll need a player with that conversion circuitry inside, and most US players don't have it. Defeating the region code would let you easily play discs from Region 3 (mostly NTSC), or Region 2 Japan, (also NTSC), but won't properly display Region 2, UK (PAL).
I have a region-free PAL disk which I tried to play on a standard DVD player. The player did accept the disk (many players will display an on-screen error message saying 'the disk is incompatible, please try another disk'), but the picture did not play correctly on the television.
Since the video on the disk was 25fps PAL, and the player and television were 30fps NTSC, I got a jerky image, sort of like a stuttering image, which got annoying in less than 60 seconds of viewing. I assume it has something to do with the picture sticking at frame 25 while the player goes through frame 26-30 sequencing before the picture picks up again. That 'halting' for 1/6 of a second every second makes the disk extremely uncomfortable to watch...for two hours. Region free players are cheap these days, with DVD models cheaper than dirt now that BR's are becoming prevalent. If you want to watch UK DVD's or BR's, it's worth your while to make the modest investment to equip yourself properly.
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