Originally Posted by transitoryspace
By the sounds of it, you havent read this thread at all.
1 Make sure its profile 4.1 or lower, its been stated VARIOUS TIMES in this thread. ALLLLLLLL MKV's will work as long as its profile 4.1 and 1080p or lower. 2k or 4k WILL NOT WORK.
2 Should play pal dvds without region. As for hacks. check videohelp i think theres one for 570 that might work here since its almost the same player just minor difference in software
(3) on the product page click on the support tab and in the right-hand column there is a downloads link, click on that and the latest firmware and USB or CD loading instructions are there. Latest version at the bottom.
Its also been linked MANY TIMES in this thread.
4 Bluray will be outdated within the next 2 years. AS streaming takes over and cloud services start popping up. Having phyical copies will essentially be of no use. Confirmed on noise and lag.
As far as hacking. If you read ANY of my posts youll see that this is running on linux.
which in theory could be hacked. I asked if anyone could post pics of the inside or confirm if this had jtag pins but got no answer.
I read someone's post asking about 551 vs 530 (firmware updates), but couldn't find the page myself. Thanks for helping me find it (though I see there's still nothing for 530, if as someone wrote, it's been removed for updating).
Noise: glad to see you seem you know it all, but my unit is not noisy at all. If it were I'd have returned it immediately because that kind of stuff bothers me. "Confirmed."
Region: I didn't ask about PAL DVDs, I asked simply about a region hack because I have a lot of Japanese NTSC Region 2 DVDs. And yes, I already checked videohelp.com and saw no hack there before posting here. I figured this would be the place where it would appear first before someone gets around to posting it over at videohelp's hack listings. So I'm to take it as of now there's no hack for the 530? And (as I wrote) I already tried the region hacks for other players (including one I used to have) that didn't work on the 530. I get the region warning when I insert a Region 2 DVD.
MKVs: well let's see, as I wrote, some MKVs work, others don't. I've seen reviews such as here or on Amazon where people post that all the MKVs they've thrown at it have worked fine on the unit. This isn't true and I wanted to clarify it as well. Some do work fine, others don't work at all. No reason to get snotty in your reply.
I'm quite happy with it for what it is -- a very good low-end player.
BluRay vs Streaming: I actually agree with you on this. I always thought BluRay was a temporary thing between DVDs and streaming, but that's just my opinion only. I won't post it like it's a fact, in a dismissive tone against any other opinions.
Sorry for pointing this out, but this forum would be a lot better if people weren't so snotty in their replies. If you think I've gone overboard by pointing this out, why don't you re-read your reply to me? Just a thought.
If anyone is successful in finding a region hack for this unit, please post it here. My suspicions from the past (especially with LG units) is that there probably is a hack but that LG isn't letting it out...