Region Free Modifications for BDP-103
I was looking for a region free modification. Here is my experience searching for a product and my conclusion.
I started with the FAQ in the first post in this thread, looked for Region Free Modification, and narrowed down the list to Imegstore, JVBdigital and Bluraychip.dk.
Note: I will discuss also pricing. I checked in the forumrules if this is Ok, but did not find anything to the contrary. If not allowed, can an admin contact me, and I will edit my post.
The Imegstore shows a product that can be mounted externally or internally (by cutting off a USB connector). However, the manual describes that a 2012 BDP-103 firmware has to be used. Maybe the manual is outdated, but I did not want to run a risk. So Imegstore was no go for me.
JVBdigital shows a product which is similar to that of Imegstore. On the website, it is described as "external", but I got instructions from JVBdigital, which show an internal mounting similar to the one from Imegstore (cutting off USB). But there was no mention of a firmware restriction.
Another user of this forum however showed me that JVBdigital also has a unit which can only be mounted internally. That looked interesting to me. Funny thing was, that the other user saw this product, and also the previously mentioned external unit, on the JVB website, and I could not see the internal unit on the same website. We both could see the external unit, but at a much different price. The external unit I saw was more than double price of Imegstore. It seems to me that JVBdigital detects in which country your IP address is, and then offers products and prices accordingly. My understanding is that this is not allowed by antitrust law.
Further, the shipping estimate from Holland to Switzerland (where I live) was indicated as 80$. So, JVBdigital was no go for me, because of trickydicky policies and excessive pricing to me. (JVB had also referred me to a dealer in Switzerland who made a good offer. However, I had ordered already from Bluraychip. Nevertheless, I did not like the greyishness of the business).
Then the last one, Bluraychip.dk. I looked at the internal unit, which is similar to the internal unit from JVBdigital, with similar instructions. Bluraychip.dk has inconsistencies on the website regarding the inclusion of sales tax. There were reports on this forum saying Bluraychip was not responding to emails. I sent an email to ask some questions and that was answered within one hour. A second email was not answered. In the end, I ordered with Bluraychip, because pricing including shipment was OK. I will get it next week. If I see something interesting with the installation/operation, I will report.
Last edited by turboman123; 01-03-2015 at 02:24 AM.