Originally Posted by teachsac
Please read above. Treading very close. There is no way to make players region free with out a software hack or hardware modification. Hack talk is not allowed in the forum areas.
Personally, I disagree with AVS on this issue and I think moderators should reconsider their policy. For a start, labelling members as hackers
as if we are all dangerous subversives bent on destroying the movie industry is ridiculous. Superficially, in some countries
, it is illegal to bypass region-coding. But, this is a very grey area, and you would be hard-pressed to find any prosecutions, even of dealers selling hardware (just glance around the internet or ebay for example). We can all hope and pray this pointless exercise is finally ended at some point. In fact, with international movie streaming and downloads, what is the point, or the justification, or defence anyway? The movie distribution network no longer needs to be protected.
The whole region-coding fiasco has been stupid from the very beginning and the whole planet, other than studio executives, agree. Hence DVD players where you can tap a few numbers on the remote to defeat the coding. Hardware manufacturers just playing lip-service to the issue.
A lot of AVS members will possess a region-free player and this is for various, completely justified, reasons. From my point of view, I sometimes want a film that is not available in my region. If studios want to stop that, then they should make the film region-free! Often versions vary across regions, such as Criterion Region A blu-rays for instance, or versions from the same studio with different extras for different regions. Again, if the studios want to prevent this, then issue the same content on all the region issues. Of course, many AVS members will have their own, equally valid, reasons for wanting a region-free player.
Instead of haranguing your members, lets move the topic on: Let's support the arguments for region-free discs (and some studios issue all their blu-rays as region-free) so we don't have to hack our firmware or buy modded players. You can gladly pass my details on to the Canadian or UK authorities if you wish. I'd love a day in court where they try and prosecute me for altering some hardware that I have purchased, so that I can play a disc that I have also legitimately purchased.
AVS should be about videophiles for videophiles, not supporting some minority idiotic movie moguls who have already lost the moral argument and whose systems have already been bypassed for years, and are out of date the moment the format is invented. If moderators don't want to support their members, then just signpost them to a forum that will help them...