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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
Just got a rental copy of "The Omen". As a Fox disc it is coded to region B. I have a region A PS3. Sure enough, the disc comes up with a warning on playing back that it is the wrong region. However, pressing the "Top Menu" button on the BD remote accesses the menu!. The disc then plays back properly.

Anyone else tried this? I have firmware 1.54.
post #2 of 15
Wow, I've gotta go try this!

I have a few UK import DVD's, that would be fantastic if I could play them! Has anyone figured out how to play PAL DVD's on the PS3 yet? I have a DVD set imported that is region free, however the PS3 says it cannot play PAL. Both of my other cheap DVD players can.

At any rate, GREAT find!
post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 
Please give feedback if this works on any other discs - seems too good to be true.
post #4 of 15
What button is "top menu" on the SIXAXIS? Is that the square?
post #5 of 15
Fox is going to get pissed at Sony if this is true. LOL
post #6 of 15
I'll be keeping an eye on this thread.
post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 
Not on the Sixaxis - you need the BD remote.
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by WirelessGuru View Post

Fox is going to get pissed at Sony if this is true. LOL

Flawed logic. If this is true, then Fox (US) will sell more The Omen (or other similarly region locked titles) to Region B/C consumers. How's that bad for business?

Only the partners who own distribution rights in their region will get pissed.

The BDA said that region locked titles have 12 months starting from the release date to be sold. After that, it falls under the "catalog" titles and should be region free. Remaining stock must be labelled as region locked while new pressings must remove the region code and be labelled as such.


fuad
post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by fleetwoodguy79 View Post

Wow, I've gotta go try this!

I have a few UK import DVD's, that would be fantastic if I could play them! Has anyone figured out how to play PAL DVD's on the PS3 yet? I have a DVD set imported that is region free, however the PS3 says it cannot play PAL. Both of my other cheap DVD players can.

At any rate, GREAT find!

You should be able to replay them, especially if they have no regional coding, via a Linux DVD playback app if you have Linux installed on your PS3. How the 50Hz will look displayed at 60Hz is another question. (You'll get some judder on motion I suspect)

Not allowing 50Hz playback of region-free titles on a 60Hz PS3 is a bit restrictive - especially now you can buy DVD recording camcorders. (Imagine someone living in the UK recording a DVD of a family event and sending it to the US...)
post #10 of 15
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post #11 of 15
Thread Starter 
Come on, someone else must be able to test this as well!
post #12 of 15
I'm definitely testing this out when I get home.
post #13 of 15
Thread Starter 
Unfortunately I tried this with "Click" region B. It won't work stating the function is unavailable. This is a Sony disc. Must have prohibited user operations applied to the wrong region screen. Couldn't find a way round it. Perhaps a modified firmware in future to allow such operations on all discs would be the answer. In the meantime I'd be interested if anyone could try the trick on other Fox discs.
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post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by WriteSimple View Post

Flawed logic. If this is true, then Fox (US) will sell more The Omen (or other similarly region locked titles) to Region B/C consumers. How's that bad for business?

Only the partners who own distribution rights in their region will get pissed.

The BDA said that region locked titles have 12 months starting from the release date to be sold. After that, it falls under the "catalog" titles and should be region free. Remaining stock must be labelled as region locked while new pressings must remove the region code and be labelled as such.


fuad

My understanding was that Fox was the studio that pushed BDA the hardest for region coding. That is what my comment was related to.
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