Originally Posted by DavidK44
And I would have been surprised if they advertised it as such. However, it was
one of the selling points for that player. Without that capability, the new player won't be a direct replacement for those of us who need all-region. I'll evaluate all of the features of any player before I buy, and some features will be essential (advertised or not). Of course, if I already have an all-region player, then it becomes a less-essential feature...
The BDP-83 is region 0 capable. So outside of possible price discussion, that feature is moot.
So in other words, in today's world, almost ANY player can be made region free for the right price.
Understandably, as a stand alone dvd player, if the 980 is something that is good enough quality for you, then the price is (was) very attractive.
However, we are now in the Blu-ray segment of modern advancement, and that technology comes at a greater cost.
Just for the record, I talked with someone at HKFlix today, and he said that they DO have 980s IN STOCK for sale. As far as I know, this is the last place on Earth still selling new units.
I do not know how many they have on hand, so if anyone wants one, you'd better pounce.