I'm in the process of buying a new dvd player. I'm wondering if a region free is the way to go. I already know about the Malata, but I've heard about getting ones chipped. I saw somewhere of SONY, PANASONIC, PIONEER, TOSHIBA and others that have region free capabilities. Is this true, and where can I get one. Or how can I get one chipped if I buy name brand. Is the Malata the way to go in my case? Are chipped ones only sold online? All help is appreciated. Thank, Charles.