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Old 01-14-2012, 01:28 PM
 
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There seem to be any number of region free DVD players on Amazon from 50 to 100 dollars. Some are region free, some make region free more of a list, some have usb or usb 2.
Anything specific to watch out for? Is it just a regular hook up or do i have to have certain capabilities at home?
Will everything else play ok?
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Old 01-14-2012, 03:58 PM
 
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I get the feeling from reading some of the lower starred reviews that while people think there is such an animal that is a multi-region multi format DVD player there is not. That what people get, and if it works correctly, give 5 stars and sail on, is a 'hacked' and modified single region DVD. Many work fine, maybe even for a good time, but I get the impression that er quality control may be lacking.
Honestly not sure though, thats just an impression.
Maybe some of the companies do a better job of modifying? But how do you find that out?
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Old 01-16-2012, 10:34 AM
 
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Software hacks are the only way I know. A Nintendo wii makes a great region-free dvd (and game) player. It's super-easy to hack based on online instructions and with just a few simple tech tools most households will have lying around.
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Old 01-22-2012, 01:39 AM
 
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There seem to be any number of region free DVD players on Amazon from 50 to 100 dollars. Some are region free, some make region free more of a list, some have usb or usb 2.
Anything specific to watch out for? Is it just a regular hook up or do i have to have certain capabilities at home?
Will everything else play ok?
I finally broke down and bought an Orei from Amazon USA, I think it was about $38, played my first set of DVD's "London Hospital" I bought from a seller in Amazon UK. I just set it up 2 days ago, now I think I need a new DVD USA player/recorder, the DVD player I have is connected with those 3 plugs to TV, DVD player, and Direct TV, I notice the new player the picture is much better using the HDMI cables, my regular dvd player/recorder does not have a HDMI slot.

I haven't had a problem with the all region DVD player yet, played 4 dvd's so far

Amazon.com: Orei DVD-Z1H 1080p HDMI Multi Zone Region Free DVD Player - USB Input - Dual Voltage for Worldwide Use - AVI/JPEG/MP3/MPEG4 Playback (Free HDMI Cable): Electronics
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Old 01-23-2012, 05:00 PM
 
Location: Wasilla Alaska
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It's entirely a software block, which is why a software "hack" works. The DvD has a region code, the player reads that region code and says "no dice, it's not right" and refuses to play.

All that they would need to do is make a DvD player that doesn't shut you down regardless of what region code it sees. As far as quality goes, I haven't used one so I can't offer much help there, but the big name brands can build a lemon just as easily as a smaller company.
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