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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 16, 2017, 12:09:25 AM PDT
H. Seldon says:
As noted in the thread many times. Most region A Sony players other than the PS4 will not play 50Hz encoded material. Sherlock like many UK TV series released in EU will be 1080/50i(same as 50Hz). Most US Samsung players and almost all UHD players will play 50Hz material. Sherlock is a Region Free disc so it has nothing to do with Region B specifically. All UK series when released in the US and most US TV series moved to EU will be encoded 1080p24 or 1080i60 so all US players with play those as long as they are Region A or Region Free discs. Almost all Movies will be encoded 1080p24 so the region coding is the important issue.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 13, 2017, 11:37:02 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 13, 2017, 11:39:03 AM PDT
EdM says:
No Blu-ray disc will play on any Mac, straight out of the box, so far.
[I have Macs, many BDs and a quality BD AV setup on which I watch BD movies, etc.]

With some fooling around, you may be able to play BD movie/HDTV products, as follows. First, you need a BD capable external optical disc player. Second, you need BD movie playing software, which is not built into macOS. You can use a BD optical drive to record and play normal data, but not commercial recordings on BD without needed software.

Then you have to set it up right, and hope that there is no trouble, as in a few cases, people do have difficulty with BD optical disc products, normally fixable with a later firmware update.

There is at least one software product that seems to require using Mac OS X El Capitan or above, as a system requirement. [Can't forget those.]

Next, assuming you get all those things working properly, note that the audio likely will not be what it is on a hardware Blu-ray A/V setup, as you'll likely have only stereo, and maybe a compressed version for the audio. It may be doable, but not in a "Just Press Play" manner.

Plus, the MB Air display does not display the normal HDTV display resolution or 1080p, although some models can use an external monitor to display at that resolution. All MB Air models also lack HDMI ports, for ease of attachment to HDTV spec devices.

You can also search the internet on "mac and blu-ray", e.g., for more.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 13, 2017, 2:10:50 AM PDT
I bought the Steelbook version of Sherlock series 4 from Amazon UK. It will not play on my Sony blu-ray player, but my Samsung Ultra HD player can play it. I do not know what the difference is. The specs on the Samsung machine make no mention about ability to play Region B discs, but there it is.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 12, 2017, 8:43:06 AM PDT
Amazon Buyer says:
Jonathan,
I want to buy the Game of Thrones series from Amazon, which is blu-ray Region free version, it says. Do you know if ill it work/play on a MacBook Air using a disc reader attachments, without changing any settings?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2017, 2:01:22 PM PST
Donald Berry says:
Burned up too many brain cells years ago. I feel like such a dummy. false alarm. Trying to play the CD ROMs that came with my discs. Again I am sorry for wasting your time and thanks for your diligence.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2017, 1:41:45 PM PST
C.G.M. says:
Apparently, 'gracenote' on Sony players requires an internet connection to access some data on BluRay disks. Don't know how well this will help, but there's a similar issue discussed on Sony's community page. If this doesn't help, you may want to send a question to them. I've never had to utilize an Internet connection on my LG player (yet!) so I'm not sure just what the deal is. Whether its a case of verifying legitimacy of the disk or just being able to 'shell out' to the internet for additional features, I don't know.

https://community.sony.com/t5/Blu-Ray-General/gracenote-on-sony-bluray-players-are-they-not-working-at-the/td-p/511277

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2017, 11:35:24 AM PST
Donald Berry says:
Sorry 75 yrs old not as sharp as I used to be. Says connecting to gracenote.Firmware is up to date

Posted on Jan 15, 2017, 10:51:05 AM PST
C.G.M. says:
What is 'gracecode'? I can't find any reference to it on Google.

Did you get a US or UK version of disks, ie, Region 1 or Region 2? Or, if you have the Blu-Ray set, is it Region A (US) or Region B (UK)?

UK disks, either DVD or BluRay, will not play on US DVD or BluRay players.

If you have US Blurays and they won't play on a US player, you may need to update the player's firmware. More BluRay shenanigans we didn't have to worry about with DVD's, as they sometimes change the specifications on BluRay disks from time to time.

Obviously, I don't know exactly what's preventing your disk(s) from playing; but passing along some ideas for you to look into.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2017, 8:16:08 AM PST
Donald Berry says:
My son got me the planet earth set for Christmas and the 2 planet earth discs come up with waiting for gracecode and then do nothing. the other 4 discs will play in my 2yr old sony 3d player

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 6, 2017, 12:58:13 PM PST
Charlene M. says:
US Blu-ray Players compatible with 50Hz content:

Denon DBP1610 [Outputs 50Hz content at 50Hz - cannot convert 50Hz content to another refresh rate]
Denon DVD-2500BT
Denon DBT-1713UD [Outputs 50Hz content at 50Hz - cannot convert 50Hz content to another refresh rate]
Denon DBT-3313UDCI [Outputs 50Hz content at 50Hz - cannot convert 50Hz content to another refresh rate]
Insignia NS-BRDVD3 [Plays PAL SD, playback of 1080/50i content unconfirmed. Can be made region free]
Insignia NS-BRDVD4 [Outputs 50Hz content at 60Hz, Can be made region free]
Insignia NS-WBRDVD2
JVC XV-BP1
LG BD 220 [Can convert 50Hz content to 60Hz]
LG BD 370 [Can convert 50Hz content to 60Hz]
LG BD 530 [Can convert 50Hz content to 60Hz]
LG BD 570
LG BD 590
LG BD 611
LG BD 630 [Can convert 50Hz content to 60Hz]
LG BD 670 (3D player)
LG BD 670C (3D player)
LG BH100 [Outputs 50Hz content at 50Hz - cannot convert 50Hz content to another refresh rate]
LG BH200 [Conflicting reports about whether it can output 50Hz content at 60Hz or only at 50Hz]
LG BP200
Momitsu BDP-799
Momitsu BDP-899 [Can be made region free]
Oppo BDP-80 [Can convert 50Hz content to 60Hz]
Oppo BDP-83 [Can convert 50Hz content to 60Hz]
Oppo BDP-93 [Can convert 50Hz content to 60Hz]
Oppo BDP-95 [Can convert 50Hz content to 60Hz]
Orei BDP-M2 (Region Free 3D Blu-ray player) [Can convert 50Hz content to 60Hz]
Panasonic DMP-BD30 prior to firmware 1.6
Panasonic DMP-BD60 [Outputs 50Hz content at 50Hz]
Panasonic DMP-BD605 [Outputs 50Hz content at 50Hz]
Panasonic DMP-BD65 [Outputs 50Hz content at 50hz]
Panasonic DMP-BD85 [Outputs 50Hz content at 50hz]
Panasonic DMP-BDT210 [only if using enhanced firmware]
Philips 3406/F7
Pioneer Elite BDP-05FD [Outputs 50Hz content at 50hz, also up-converts 50Hz content]
Pioneer BDP-320 [Outputs 50Hz content at 50Hz]
Pioneer BDP-51FD [Outputs 50Hz content at 50Hz, also up-converts 50Hz content]
Samsung BD-C5500
Samsung BD-C6500 [Outputs 50Hz content at 60Hz. Doesn't play PAL DVDs]
Samsung BD-C6900
Samsung BD-D5100 [Outputs 50i content at 60i]
Samsung BD-D5300 [Outputs 50i content at 60i]
Samsung BD-D5500ZA (3D player)
Samsung BD-D6500 (3D player)
Samsung BD-D5700 [Outputs 50i content at 60i. 50Hz (not 25) motion content conversion may be better than with BD1500/BD2550]
Samsung BD-E5300 [Outputs 50Hz content at 60Hz]
Samsung BD-E5400 [Outputs 50Hz content at 60Hz]
Samsung BD-E5700 [Outputs 50Hz content at 60Hz]
Samsung BD-P1000
Samsung BD-P1200
Samsung BD-P1400
Samsung BD-P1500 [Outputs 50Hz content at 60Hz]
Samsung BD-P1600 [Outputs 50Hz content at 60Hz]
Samsung BD-P2500 (with latest firmware)
Samsung BD-P2550 [Outputs 50Hz content at 60Hz]
Samsung BD-UP5000
Samsung HT-D4500
Sharp BD-HP21
Sherwood BDP-5004 [Can be made region free]
Vizio VBR100 [SD PAL content doesn't scale/centre - appears at top left of screen]
Vizio VBR133 (3D Player)

Note: You will need a 50Hz compatible display to play back 50Hz content with some of the above US players (eg. Panasonic DMP-BD60) or use a video processor to convert it to a compatible rate.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 6, 2017, 12:57:43 PM PST
Charlene M. says:
US Blu-ray Players compatible with 50Hz content:

Denon DBP1610 [Outputs 50Hz content at 50Hz - cannot convert 50Hz content to another refresh rate]
Denon DVD-2500BT
Denon DBT-1713UD [Outputs 50Hz content at 50Hz - cannot convert 50Hz content to another refresh rate]
Denon DBT-3313UDCI [Outputs 50Hz content at 50Hz - cannot convert 50Hz content to another refresh rate]
Insignia NS-BRDVD3 [Plays PAL SD, playback of 1080/50i content unconfirmed. Can be made region free]
Insignia NS-BRDVD4 [Outputs 50Hz content at 60Hz, Can be made region free]
Insignia NS-WBRDVD2
JVC XV-BP1
LG BD 220 [Can convert 50Hz content to 60Hz]
LG BD 370 [Can convert 50Hz content to 60Hz]
LG BD 530 [Can convert 50Hz content to 60Hz]
LG BD 570
LG BD 590
LG BD 611
LG BD 630 [Can convert 50Hz content to 60Hz]
LG BD 670 (3D player)
LG BD 670C (3D player)
LG BH100 [Outputs 50Hz content at 50Hz - cannot convert 50Hz content to another refresh rate]
LG BH200 [Conflicting reports about whether it can output 50Hz content at 60Hz or only at 50Hz]
LG BP200
Momitsu BDP-799
Momitsu BDP-899 [Can be made region free]
Oppo BDP-80 [Can convert 50Hz content to 60Hz]
Oppo BDP-83 [Can convert 50Hz content to 60Hz]
Oppo BDP-93 [Can convert 50Hz content to 60Hz]
Oppo BDP-95 [Can convert 50Hz content to 60Hz]
Orei BDP-M2 (Region Free 3D Blu-ray player) [Can convert 50Hz content to 60Hz]
Panasonic DMP-BD30 prior to firmware 1.6
Panasonic DMP-BD60 [Outputs 50Hz content at 50Hz]
Panasonic DMP-BD605 [Outputs 50Hz content at 50Hz]
Panasonic DMP-BD65 [Outputs 50Hz content at 50hz]
Panasonic DMP-BD85 [Outputs 50Hz content at 50hz]
Panasonic DMP-BDT210 [only if using enhanced firmware]
Philips 3406/F7
Pioneer Elite BDP-05FD [Outputs 50Hz content at 50hz, also up-converts 50Hz content]
Pioneer BDP-320 [Outputs 50Hz content at 50Hz]
Pioneer BDP-51FD [Outputs 50Hz content at 50Hz, also up-converts 50Hz content]
Samsung BD-C5500
Samsung BD-C6500 [Outputs 50Hz content at 60Hz. Doesn't play PAL DVDs]
Samsung BD-C6900
Samsung BD-D5100 [Outputs 50i content at 60i]
Samsung BD-D5300 [Outputs 50i content at 60i]
Samsung BD-D5500ZA (3D player)
Samsung BD-D6500 (3D player)
Samsung BD-D5700 [Outputs 50i content at 60i. 50Hz (not 25) motion content conversion may be better than with BD1500/BD2550]
Samsung BD-E5300 [Outputs 50Hz content at 60Hz]
Samsung BD-E5400 [Outputs 50Hz content at 60Hz]
Samsung BD-E5700 [Outputs 50Hz content at 60Hz]
Samsung BD-P1000
Samsung BD-P1200
Samsung BD-P1400
Samsung BD-P1500 [Outputs 50Hz content at 60Hz]
Samsung BD-P1600 [Outputs 50Hz content at 60Hz]
Samsung BD-P2500 (with latest firmware)
Samsung BD-P2550 [Outputs 50Hz content at 60Hz]
Samsung BD-UP5000
Samsung HT-D4500
Sharp BD-HP21
Sherwood BDP-5004 [Can be made region free]
Vizio VBR100 [SD PAL content doesn't scale/centre - appears at top left of screen]
Vizio VBR133 (3D Player)

Note: You will need a 50Hz compatible display to play back 50Hz content with some of the above US players (eg. Panasonic DMP-BD60) or use a video processor to convert it to a compatible rate.

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Posted on Dec 21, 2015, 2:40:38 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 21, 2015, 8:42:12 PM PST
C.G.M. says:
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.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2015, 12:49:28 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2015, 7:24:53 PM PST
A simple software conversion routine would allow it to play, but Sony products seem to leave that out on purpose, which is exactly what I'd expect from Sony.

Posted on Dec 13, 2015, 12:15:25 PM PST
Kyle D. says:
Years ago my friend who lives in Ireland, bought me the box set of West Wing and shipped it to me. But as others have found out, it won't play on lower end priced players or PC, because the codecs are different, between US players and Europeans. But I did research and found I could DL(download)a free VCL Media player, plus you need to check box for it's extra codecs, which is need to play European DVD/blu ray's without any issues or distortions :) Also there is another benefit these days for having VCL if you upgrade your PC's to Windows 10, it will delete your Windows Media player, they now added a basic DVD prog, in a Windows update. But VCL DVD/blu ray is compatible with 10

Posted on Sep 23, 2015, 4:11:08 PM PDT
I was sent a region free blue ray, when all I wanted was a US DVD. I sent it back to Amazon ASAP without opening it. Shame on the vendor for hiding this fact from me!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 8, 2015, 4:27:42 PM PDT
B. Ackerman says:
The quantum of solace disc and bonus disc is region B and yes you have a problem playing it unless you have a region b player or region free bluray player.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 8, 2015, 9:51:25 AM PDT
C.G.M. says:
It's not Windows Media Player than limits the number of region number changes, it's the optical disk drive. That originally was not the case, but when people began using their computers to watch out-of-region disks, Hollywood demanded that the drive manufacturers adopt the limited code change specification, to the same end as the region setting exists on standalone players.

Posted on Aug 25, 2015, 12:08:04 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 25, 2015, 12:16:22 PM PDT
EdM says:
Shiela, this Discussion has been about the difficulties, like PAL vs NTSC and country codes, with playing UK BDs. Both DVD and BD have country codes, so your BD player fails to play a UK DVD as expected.

That your Windows PC has hardware and software to defeat those security measures on a given DVD is not unexpected, as DVDs have been around for a lot longer and their security measures have been depreciated over time. Different brands and types of PCs have different abilities, software and graphics hardware. Some less capable or older PCs don't have HDMI out ports.

Also note that the Windows Media Player, assuming you used that, only allows a limited number of country switches, before it locks to the last selection, IIRC. So, be careful about that.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 23, 2015, 7:32:29 AM PDT
I purchased DVDs of a UK TV series will not play on blue ray but will play on my windows 7 computer then I can stream on to my tv using H d m I cord

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 13, 2015, 6:04:05 PM PDT
EdM says:
This depends on your player and the manufacturer. I have an old Sony model, and they would send out data CDs with the update on request. Most players are easily updated via Internet download.

You need to check with your manufacturer, and find what is possible at your work. W/O direct Internet, possible methods include by mail from the manufacturer, updating at the store you got it, at a repair place, via a friend downloading the update and saving it on a CD-R or USB drive, etc.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 13, 2015, 5:08:28 PM PDT
D. M. Keane says:
May I ask how one downloads upgrades? Currently, I don't have internet at home. I buy or rent DVD's & Blu-rays.

Posted on Feb 6, 2015, 8:30:05 AM PST
Fred Swoyer says:
Anyone know if UK Blu-Ray audio disks will work in US? Thanks
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