Originally Posted by crabjoe
I checked there before ordering it and there was nothing. The reason I order the DV-48AV was because I've seen posts here and there saying some of the new units were region free out of the box. Plus, I kept seeing this chip that a lot of companies were using to make the players region free.
If I could just find a simple hack using the remote, it would be great!!
Let me explain. This player is not region-free out of the box. However, all of the Pioneer players manufactured as of 2002 have a similar operating system loaded in their firmware. This operating system can be found in Pioneer's 2007 DVD player line-up, including the DV-300, DV-400V, DV-600AV (aka the DV-48AV in the US), and DV-800AV (aka the DV-LX50 in Europe, as well as the DV-58AV in the US). All of these players can be made region-free with the following procedure:
Using a One for All modem-upgradable remote, send the WAV file found at http://www.hifi-remote.com/forums/dl...d&file_id=5558
to it. Once the remote has been programmed, set it to VCR/2000. Turn on the DVD player via the front pannel or its supplied remote. Using the One for All, press POWER. Turn your DVD player back on once again via the front pannel or its supplied remote. Insert a previously unplayable DVD. It should play as normal. It worked on my 2004 Region 1 US model DVD player/receiver. This in my opinion is much more convenient, as well as less expensive, than Prontos, PDAs, celphones, soldering homemade cables, etc. Unfortunately, downloadable, burnable, multi-region compatible firmware does not exist for all Pioneer models. Also, when I installed downloadable, multi-region compatible firmware on an internal computer DVD drive, the drive had disc-reading problems ever since. As a result, I personally am not going to install such firmware on my set top DVD players.