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#1 of 24 Henry Gale

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Posted April 25 2010 - 01:49 PM

 Just ordered a copy of "Bliss" (1985) that I won't be able to play.
I have a history of this, formats are so, fleeting.
I was born when 78RPM records were the standard. 45s came along when I was three. But I'm rambling.
Well, just a little more.
Bought a CD, "Hendrix at Winterland" before I had a player.
Bought "Brade Runner" before my first DVD player.
Can't remember now what my first Laser Disc was, but I still have it, all the reel to reel tapes are here too.

So, it's been way too long since I've seen Bliss, I thought owning it might motivate me.

Bought a European copy of "Barfly" a few years ago. Got the instructions for hacking whatever player I was using then. Audio worked, I could listen to Merle, "What if I did drink too much....wine...?"
But the video wasn't happening.
Thankfully there has now been a Region 1 release.

Is there a region free player for DVD and BR? That would really be the bomb.

"I was born to ramble, born to rove
Some men are searchin for the Holy Grail
But there ain't nothin sweeter 
Than riden' the rails."
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#2 of 24 Philip Hamm

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Posted April 26 2010 - 02:21 AM

I picked up a Yamaha DV-S5860 last year on buy dot com for $35 new including shipping.  Apparently somebody found a pile of them years after their initial release and they were clearing them out for next to nothing.  DVD-Audio, SACD, and easily hackable to region-free with great PAL conversion.

http://www.yamaha.com/yec/products/productdetail.html?CNTID=200095&CTID=5001800

Easy to set to region free - run some google searches to find the instructions.

Definitely a model to keep on the lookout for.

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#3 of 24 smithb

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Posted April 27 2010 - 05:38 AM

So you applied a region free hack to your old DVD player and were able to hear the audio but get no picture. Most likely the hack worked but the player was outputing a PAL signal that your TV could not handle. It is quite possible you just needed to change a setting in the DVD player to have it convert the signal to NTSC for you.

Generally speaking a TV can support:
- NTSC only,
- PAL only, or
- Both NTSC and PAL

Region 1 is NTSC and Region 2 is PAL (as is most of Europe)

A DVD player can:
- Be region locked or support a hack to make them region free
- Support the native format of a DVD (NTSC or PAL), or convert the signal to one or the other.

Before selecting a player it is good to know your capabilities. If your TV also supports PAL then you only need a player that can be made region free. If not, you will also need one that can convert the signal to NTSC for you. Also, don't forget that you might need to make a change within the DVD player menu to force it to convert. Just to throw another wrinkle into the equation, some players may only support a signal conversion on certain outputs. For example, my Marantz can convert using component outputs but not HDMI. In my case I don't need it to convert, I prefer playing it as PAL since my projector supports it.

Philips's make inexpensive DVD players that can be made to be region free and are known to convert to NTSC.

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Posted April 27 2010 - 10:25 AM

The Sherwood BDP-5004 Blu-ray player can play a PAL disc  (BD or DVD) and produce NTSC output.

Entry of an appropriate code will make it able to play DVDs and BDs from different regions. No hardware hacks are required.

And it's readily available from various on-line retailers and local specialty AV stores at a reasonable price.

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Posted April 27 2010 - 02:01 PM

I recommend the Sherwood-5004 too.  It's a fine player at a very reasonable price and you can play both blu-ray and dvd discs.




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#6 of 24 Henry Gale

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Posted April 27 2010 - 03:17 PM

 Thanks to all of you!

Much appreciated.

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Than riden' the rails."
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#7 of 24 Astrakan

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Posted April 28 2010 - 06:28 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Henry Gale ">
Is there a region free player for DVD and BR? That would really be the bomb.
I can heartily recommend the Oppo BDP-83 for this. I've had mine since last summer, and aside from it being region free for DVD and BR (after applying a really easy-to-install hack) its upconversion of DVD is stellar. Its little brother, the BDP-80, can also be made region free for both DVD and BR.

I've put together a page of resources for both of these players on my blog, including several links pertaining to region modding them. You can

#8 of 24 Andrew M

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Posted April 28 2010 - 09:26 AM

The Momitsu BDP-899 works fine for me in the LR Home theater. I also use an SD Oppo in the BR. Be careful about installing firmware updates on the Sherwood. There are reports that they remove certain region free abilities.

#9 of 24 Selden Ball

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Posted April 28 2010 - 09:29 AM

So far there haven't been any firmware updates for the Sherwood BDP-5004. It plays Avatar just fine, unlike many BD players.

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#10 of 24 shane6973

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Posted May 02 2010 - 01:24 AM

I use "DVD Region-Free". It works fine. Doesn't change my region code on any of my DVD drives. I live in the US and watch a lot of region-3 movies.




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Posted May 13 2010 - 07:45 PM

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Posted May 13 2010 - 07:47 PM

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Posted May 13 2010 - 07:48 PM

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#14 of 24 JamesSmith

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Posted July 11 2010 - 10:28 PM

For late comers to this topic, does anyone know off hand if there are any region free players, one can buy at Wal-Mart?



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#15 of 24 JamesSmith

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Posted July 11 2010 - 10:32 PM



Originally Posted by shane6973 

I use "DVD Region-Free". It works fine. Doesn't change my region code on any of my DVD drives. I live in the US and watch a lot of region-3 movies.

 



What is "DVD Region-Free?"


Can someone tell me?

 James



#16 of 24 AndyMcKinney

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Posted August 02 2010 - 03:43 AM



Originally Posted by JamesSmith 

For late comers to this topic, does anyone know off hand if there are any region free players, one can buy at Wal-Mart?



James



You can buy any PHILIPS player that they sell (NOT DVD/VCR combos, but stand-alone DVD players only), then make it region-free yourself in about five minutes at home. Just type in the model number in the "DVD Hacks" section of VideoHelp.com and follow the hack instructions (it will be a simple remote-control code).



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Posted August 24 2010 - 09:21 PM

I recommend the Sherwood-5004 too.  It's a fine player at a very reasonable price and you can play both blu-ray and dvd discs.
 



#19 of 24 AndyMcKinney

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Posted August 25 2010 - 06:06 AM



Originally Posted by wang888 

I recommend the Sherwood-5004 too.  It's a fine player at a very reasonable price and you can play both blu-ray and dvd discs.
 


the poster was asking for players available at Walmart stores, though.



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Posted August 29 2010 - 03:31 PM

i recommend the collectcheapdvd for you cause the price is reasonable and the shipping time is fast. and it always update the latest dvds for us.






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