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"region-free DVD players" , posted Wed 23 Apr 09:54post reply

Since region locking is one of the more obnoxious, senseless obstacles inflicted on the home electronics owner, I'm feeling like grabbing a cheap region-free DVD player. I remember hearing that an American store like Best Buy stocks an inexpensive (~$80) DVD player that just happens to be region-free, even if they don't technically say so (but with copious wink-wink, nudge-nudge, if you know what I mean, etc. that it does in fact play all regions). Anyone bought one of this mystery brand? I'd love to pick one up...





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"Re(1):region-free DVD players" , posted Wed 23 Apr 10:27post reply

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Since region locking is one of the more obnoxious, senseless obstacles inflicted on the home electronics owner, I'm feeling like grabbing a cheap region-free DVD player. I remember hearing that an American store like Best Buy stocks an inexpensive (~$80) DVD player that just happens to be region-free, even if they don't technically say so (but with copious wink-wink, nudge-nudge, if you know what I mean, etc. that it does in fact play all regions). Anyone bought one of this mystery brand? I'd love to pick one up...



Several Philips models are able to play region-free with a dead-simple code entry, plus they're good console DVD players anyway.

That or you can use an older PC that's not getting much use as a DVD player and use software that ignores region.





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"Re(1):region-free DVD players" , posted Thu 24 Apr 12:39post reply

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Since region locking is one of the more obnoxious, senseless obstacles inflicted on the home electronics owner, I'm feeling like grabbing a cheap region-free DVD player. I remember hearing that an American store like Best Buy stocks an inexpensive (~$80) DVD player that just happens to be region-free, even if they don't technically say so (but with copious wink-wink, nudge-nudge, if you know what I mean, etc. that it does in fact play all regions). Anyone bought one of this mystery brand? I'd love to pick one up...



You might be thinking of the CyberHome 320.
I know two people who own them and unlocking it is very simple.

Eject the disc tray, then close it (don't know if you have to do that) then hit menu, 1 then 9...then you get a little prompt thing with the numbers 0-7 i think, which are the regions and you set that to 0 and you're all set.





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"Re(2):region-free DVD players" , posted Thu 24 Apr 13:24:post reply

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Eject the disc tray, then close it (don't know if you have to do that) then hit menu, 1 then 9...then you get a little prompt thing with the numbers 0-7 i think, which are the regions and you set that to 0 and you're all set.



Of course, you'll only need to input the code once, and after that, viewing is up to the machine quality and life spawn.






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"Re(3):region-free DVD players" , posted Thu 24 Apr 23:40post reply

Almost every dvd player you can think can be unblocked... Just google it.
A lot of them just require a code at some menu or a cd with 1kb of burned data (Yeah, it's bizarre, but a L* Elech of mine required a cd with some strange directory structure with a single txt renamed to something uncommon, with a word in korean in... Maybe they were trying to intimidate someone). :P
And they are pretty cheap nowadays... Other day I have seem a stand alone player cheaper than a pc dvd drive, and didn't look poorly made... It even supported divx/xvid.





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"Re(2):region-free DVD players" , posted Thu 24 Apr 23:40:post reply

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Several Philips models are able to play region-free with a dead-simple code entry, plus they're good console DVD players anyway.

That or you can use an older PC that's not getting much use as a DVD player and use software that ignores region.


I have one the those Philips players. Cost me around 50$ at Radioshack a few years ago. The code thing is easy as pie, and it's permanent.
The only little gripe I have with that player is it's a little noisy, but it doesn't really matter that much if you watch your movies with a decent sound volume.
Oh yeah, and it plays divX (and some Xvid) too.





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