nguyenphananh and others, don't believe too much what transitoryspace has to say. His public posts have shown him to be nothing but a bully on these boards, full of hot air, and he almost certainly wrote what he did just to throw sand in my face for calling him out for his tone here. The chance of Transitoryspace actually having a region hack for the 530 is as low as him ever acting civil on these forums. So what I'm saying is, don't get your hopes up over a lie, people are what they are when they're anonymous, and I've seen it all too often in people like him. And on the 0.0000001% chance that I'm wrong, then others will figure it out and the hack will soon enough make its way onto other forums and locations like videohelp.com (oh, but not Transitoryspace's ultra-secret, only-HE-knows-it hack, I'm sure. Uh-huh. Yeah). By the way, I just found the hack not only to play Region 2 discs, but to have my BD530 make pizza, too. Mmmm.
>>>Who cares!!!! Everybody knows at this point that if you can't make your DVD player "region free" then make your disk "region free"!
True. I've done that myself... it's kind of a hassle and time & resource-waster, but an option nonetheless. All my other DVD players are region-free so it's not that big of a deal for me if the 530 is region free or not. I'm basically using it for its USB and occaionally renting BluRays.
I'm still quite happy with the BD-530. And a minor point, but I like how the front panel display is kind of weak (not too distracting).
prasit2006: the price keeps changing on the unit. There were some super BlackFriday-only deals ($49 I heard at one place, Frys had them for $57), but besides those limited sales, Amazon had it for a while for $69.95 w/free shipping, though it may have gone up by now. Walmart had it for $65 in stores as long as they have stock (some stores may still have some, I don't know...) And lots of more expensive B&M stores had them for $77-$79 over the last week or two. Seems that you should be able to find it reasonably easy in the $70-$79 range, which is quite good when you consider what other options there are in under-$80 BluRay players...