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Initial post: Sep 2, 2008 5:39:19 PM PDT
HELP! I have season of a UK show on DVD that is not available in the US. I understand that different "global" regions have different codes, so that I cannot simply put these discs into my DVD player here in the US and expect it to play. However there must be some way to either convert them (on my PC, perhaps?) to US format, or purchase some kind of decoder or converter so that I can watch this great series, right???

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 2, 2008 6:42:43 PM PDT
Deja-vue says:
There is "hacks" which will allow you to watch all region-coded DVD's (1-6) in the US.
Tell me which model DVD player you have, and i'll let you know if there is a hack for it.

If you in the market for a new DVD Player anyways, search on Amazon with the keywords "region-free DVD" and you will find all kinds of Players which will play any Region.
I am from Germany and play all of the german DVD's (Region 2) on my Big-Screen in CA.
I hope this helps.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 5, 2008 12:26:43 PM PDT
Walter Five says:
Precisely-- you can use Nero 8.0 to convert them from PAL to NTSC, and from Region 2 to Region 0. I highly reccomend Nero for all disc-burning needs wether DVD or CD. It's a little expensive, but if you do a lot of downloading of BBC series from the internet, and purchasing of other Region or Format films like I do, you'll find that it quickly pays for itself...

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2008 9:56:36 AM PDT
If you have a dvd burner on your computer, You can also use dvdshrink from to convert it to ntsc, works 95% of the time

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2008 7:03:36 PM PDT
Carl Vagg says:
Converted my lg player/recorder (Australia 4) to play US DVD's - using remote control . .
takes about ten seconds . . my machine process was; home, tv, lock, eight zero's - done . .

websites provide codes etc for various machines . . google it . .

works for me with various sourced DVD's . . a few times machine failed to recognise disc
but ok after simply repeating the same code change (8 x zero's etc) . .

just be sure to follow the code sequence as directed, without any variations . .

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2008 4:46:14 PM PDT
I have a Phillips DVD player , recently got a region 2 dvd and it plays fine....

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2008 10:47:16 PM PDT
Keith, get a universal DVD player and you can play whatever you wish. Phillips makes a good one but I'm sure they are not the only one.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 17, 2008 5:46:57 PM PDT
Pete Smolen says:
A related problem: I have a multi-region dvd player I bought I the UK. When I was in the UK it played both region 1 & 2 dvds through my UK tv. When I moved to the US I bought a new US tv and it doesn't seem to play anything from my UK dvd player, regardless of region. It does play things from a separate US dvd player (which only plays region 1). I don't know if this is a PAL vs NTSC issue or something else. Any ideas?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 17, 2008 7:14:18 PM PDT
Deja-vue says:
Pete, which Brand and Model # is your DVD Player?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 17, 2008 7:16:44 PM PDT
Pete Smolen says:
It's a Denon ADV-500SD

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 17, 2008 7:28:57 PM PDT
Deja-vue says:
There is an old Firmware out on the Web somewere which will make it region-free.
(impossible to find, I guess)
But I looked at the Manual on this Player and it looks rather old.
Sorry to say, but I suggest it's time to buy a new DVD Player, with HDMI Connection, upconversion and of course, region-free.

May I suggest any Model from OppoDigital ?
Awesome Players, well worth the Money.
Look for "Oppo" on Amazon or on the Web.

Best of Luck!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 17, 2008 7:38:29 PM PDT
Pete Smolen says:
Was trying to avoid it, but yes I think you're probably right. The Oppo models on Amazon though are not multi-region, and those online stores that sell the same players "converted" to multi-region sell at a $100-200 premium to the one-region equivalents. Is there an easier way? Can you recommend a multi-region 1080p-upconverting unit that costs <$150? I looked at the Phillips DVP5982 ($70) but it doesn't have DTS audio output...

Thank you so much for your so far.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 17, 2008 7:43:33 PM PDT
Deja-vue says:
I'd still get an Oppo.
The cheapest one is $169.00, it is the DV 980H
Here is how to make it region-free using the Remote:
1. Press Setup.
2. Press "9210" in quick succession. A new window should appear.
3. Press "0" to set the Region to R0.
4. Press Setup to exit.
It will now play DVDs of all 6 Regions.
Make sure there is no DVD in the Drive when you do this.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 17, 2008 7:45:10 PM PDT
Pete Smolen says:
That's awesome! Thanks again for your help!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2008 3:49:27 PM PDT
AA says:
please could you advice whether this oppo model would work in any other country outside US.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2008 4:00:43 PM PDT
Deja-vue says:
I know they sell these in Germany;
Which country are you talking about?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 2, 2008 3:03:07 PM PDT
AA says:
UK and India

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 2, 2008 3:28:40 PM PDT
Deja-vue says:
I don't see why not.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 2, 2008 7:59:01 PM PDT
I believe it's a PAL issue - you need to convert the disc as described in the posts herein, or get a multi-region tv. As of this writing, the available multi-region tvs lack digital tuners, but no doubt that will change.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 2, 2008 8:03:57 PM PDT
Deja-vue says:
Balzac, have you been paying attention?

The Oppo will convert anything (PAL to NTSC or vice versa) to any Display.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 3, 2008 3:01:28 PM PDT
AA says:
thankyou for all your help, i am buying the oppo on your suggestion.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2008 5:05:13 PM PST
Hey there, thanks for the help. My DVD player is a Sony. What exactly is a "hack," and what do I do with it? (Sorry, I'm really not that technologically proficient!!)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2008 5:06:50 PM PST
Walter - thanks for the informaiton. I would guess I can find Nero 8.0 on the internet, but what do I do with it in order to convert my DVD's?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 25, 2008 2:55:07 AM PST
RonCharles says:
I bought an All Regions DVD Player on E-Bay. It was a Phillips brand DVD Player, and it cost about $60.00 or $70.00--cannot remember which--including shipping and handling. It plays all my DVD's from the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia with no problem whatsoever. There was no set-up required at all. In fact, when I called the seller to pay with my credit card, I specifically inquired about that feature, as I didn't want to fool with setting it up myself and perhaps making a mistake. When it arrived, all I did was hook it up and start playing my DVD's. It worked perfectly.
To give you some idea of what the differences in availability between the United Kingdom and here are, if you check out my Amazon Listmania list "The Great Sir David Attenborough," you will see that there are at least three DVD's on it that are only made in PAL Region 2 format. If you want to take the time to go over to, I have an Amazon Listmania list there called "Savouring & Experiencing The British Isles," and almost all the DVD's on that list can only be acquired from the United Kingdom and are solely in PAL Region 2 format.
One other tip that might be useful is if you are looking for special DVD's from Britain, you can use the website to do a comparison price search to check on prices at various British stores. I hope that this is of some help to anyone who is interested in DVD's from other regions around the world.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2009 4:39:18 PM PST
Check CYBERHOME DVD Players.Inexpensive and region free.
Nothing but good luck.
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