I bought an Orei...which I have a thread for it, is a cheap BD player(as region free goes).
Is it a nature of "being hacked" that the players "brick" sometimes?
I've never had a region-free DVD player brick...but as far as I know...DVD players don't need a software hack in the way that BD has to have.
The original Orei would brick 60% of the time on shutdown. Everytime it bricked, all settings would be lost and I'd have to redo it. It also had picture issues.
My replacement is, so far, perfect. Looks better than the original one ever did(which the first one only "worked" perfect during the first few movies I tried. Its descent into crappy picture was so quick after the first few...that I started assuming the issues I saw were native to "being PAL to NTSC").
But...this one bricked once already on shutdown. But, this one kept all my settings...this time...
So far I've watched 12 discs in it. It bricked once. The original would have already bricked 7 times.