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post #61 of 244 Old 09-29-2014, 03:05 PM
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if nobody here has an answer for me where should i try then?
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I currently have the Sony BDP-S590. When I google, I can't seem to locate a region-free conversion kit. Are the altered BDP-S1200's for sale the best bet if I want to stay with Sony?

Issues:

  1. This is entirely so I can watch region-locked (usually 2/B) 3DBD's that are not released in the US and often not released region free.
  2. I want to stay with Sony: I very much like their SD->HD up-conversion algorithm.
  3. I would prefer to have PAL's auto-converted to NTSC if need be.
  4. I would gladly install a kit on my existing BDP, but do they exist for the S590?
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If you insist on the requirements above, you will need to purchase the modified S590 for a cost of around $500 and it will support firmware updates etc. The kits do not exist for DIY from all the searching I did. The good news is that for the price you get to keep everything the same as you already like it.
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world-import.com i think the sony bdp s790 is the best because it's the fastest and has super bit mapping which is good for no color banding and perfect picture detail and world- import.com players you don't have to worry about firmware update problems.
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That super bit mapping you are talking about. Is that something you have to enable on the player that would alter the picture/calibration from your experience? sounds like a nice feature to have from your description.
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yes its on the player

yes its on the player
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Difference between regular blu ray player and region free?

Looking at blu ray players and I'm pretty sure region free means you can play blu rays with any country format, but why are they cheaper than non region free? Please don't relocate my thread but for example, looking at an OPPO blu ray player for $740, but you can get a region free from ebay for around $500.
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Region free on e-bay for 500 is more than likely used. I just looked on ebay and the cheapest 103 with the region free mod is 629. New from Oppo is 499, plus the region free mod kit is 64.99 to 169 depending on whether the kit is internal or external and the model.

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how many region free super bit mapping sony blu ray players are there?

how many region free super bit mapping sony blu ray players are there?
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Azend Maxmade BDP-M1061 player

I just purchased the Azend Maxmade BDP-M1061 player and would like to change the region to play a DVD purchased in Europe. Does anyone have an idea on how to do this? SETUP and 8520 would bring the factory settings but that's all I can do so far.
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If an AVS multi-region Blu-ray player thread already exists, please delete this one and shoot me a link to the existing thread. Assuming it doesn't, I would like to begin with some multi-region issues I'm having.

I own a few players with which when you press SETUP followed by 8520, a factory menu appears. It shows the BD and DVD region codes. Using the arrow keys, I can reset the password and erase the internal BD data storage. I would like to know how to determine whether you want to change the BD or DVD region. I would also like to know how you change the BD or DVD region from the current region to a region of my choice. How is this done with Seiki and Toshiba players? I have a Yamaha BD-A1010 and an Envizen Digital/Azend Group, Corp./Maxmade BDP-M1061. Maybe there's something I'm forgetting or not doing exactly right. At least if you own one of the Seikis or Toshibas, you'd probibly know what I'm talking about and might be able to tell me what I'm forgetting or what hasn't been explained as precisely elsewhere.
I just purchased the Azend Maxmade BDP-M1061 player and would like to change the region to play a DVD purchased in Europe. Do you have an idea on how to do this? SETUP and 8520 would bring the factory settings but that's all I can do so far.
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SR4KP1 Seiki Model is a Region Free capable unit........

4K upscaling also if needed.............

http://www.sears.com/seiki-u-vision-...ype=SKIP_LEVEL

Unlock Link:

http://www.videohelp.com/dvdhacks/seiki-sr212s/12040

I have verified it works with the above model..........

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any region free blu-ray player plays those old RM (real player) files?

Is there any members who has a good region free blu-ray player that plays RM file just fine?
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I don't know of any player that supports Real Media.

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LG BP735 / BP740 - region free?

I might've discovered a way to make the player region free (0) for DVD's
and selectable (A,B,C) for Blu Rays using the built in code editor with remote.

Who has the BP735 (should be same as BP740) and wants to test / confirm this?
I have confirmed that I can play NTSC + PAL (region locked and unlocked) DVD's.

I only have region A blue rays ...

Update: this only works on original f/w BD 5.037.40625.C
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Sony BDP-S3500 region-free player?

Hello all,


I wanted to buy the new Sony BDP-S3500 and I found a version on Amazon which is $199 (instead of $99 for the official Sony version). That version is region-free and will play any DVD or BD from any region. I was just wondering: is that a genuine Sony product or has it been modded by a third party? Is it safe to buy it?


Here is the link for the page:
http://www.amazon.com/2015-SONY-BDP-..._cd_al_qh_dp_t
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It's almost certainly modded. The exception might be if this is a Sony player made for a location where region-free is standard and legal. This latter would make it a gray market product. In either case, you would probably not get a Sony warranty but would have to rely on the warranty protection provided by the seller. DVD/Blu-Ray technology is pretty well proven so concerns about reliability might not be needed. Most modern electronics, in my experience, either fail early in their life or last for a number of years with zero problems.

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Hello all,


I wanted to buy the new Sony BDP-S3500 and I found a version on Amazon which is $199 (instead of $99 for the official Sony version). That version is region-free and will play any DVD or BD from any region. I was just wondering: is that a genuine Sony product or has it been modded by a third party? Is it safe to buy it?


Here is the link for the page:
http://www.amazon.com/2015-SONY-BDP-..._cd_al_qh_dp_t
I don't know how likely it is to actually work as a region free player, but the link above shows that it's "fulfilled by Amazon", which caries with it all the return policies of Amazon.

So I wouldn't worry too much.
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I don't know how likely it is to actually work as a region free player, but the link above shows that it's "fulfilled by Amazon", which caries with it all the return policies of Amazon.

So I wouldn't worry too much.
I asked the seller and he said that they mod the devices. I still wonder how Sony would allow a third party to mod their devices and how Amazon would sell them on their website. Strange.
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I asked the seller and he said that they mod the devices. I still wonder how Sony would allow a third party to mod their devices and how Amazon would sell them on their website. Strange.
There are many modders of players. The business is sort of semi-legal. Generally the mods work and work quite well. You don't get a factory warranty though since the manufacturer has nothing to do with allowing or performing the mods. There are region-free mods for many different brands. I have two region-free modded players (both Oppos) and wouldn't live without one since there are many movies and TV shows I wanted to see that are only available outside the U.S.

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^^^ I can see that. But I've also had a lot of luck finding region-free 3DBD's from amazon.co.uk and amazon.de.
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Question. I'm upgrading all my equipment from old dvd/tube tv and I've been reading reviews/threads about BDP trying to decide what to buy, but since coming across this thread I'm wondering if it might be worth it to go ahead and get a region free player. I like a lot of foreign content and it would be nice not to have to worry about which region something is for when buying. What would be a good, reasonably priced player, and where is the best place to buy? What do you have? Thanks bunches.
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^^^ I can see that. But I've also had a lot of luck finding region-free 3DBD's from amazon.co.uk and amazon.de.
That's because most of the major studios don't region-lock their stuff. But smaller UK companies like BFI, Eureka, Arrow and some others that primarily specialize in releasing classic movies or recent European TV shows do, just like Criterion, Olive, Koch and others do in North America. Disney used to region-lock but seems to be moving away from it.

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That's because most of the major studios don't region-lock their stuff. But smaller UK companies like BFI, Eureka, Arrow and some others that primarily specialize in releasing classic movies or recent European TV shows do, just like Criterion, Olive, Koch and others do in North America. Disney used to region-lock but seems to be moving away from it.
Almost every 3D movie I've purchased in North America has been A/1 locked. I haven't checked to see which are Disney though.
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I don't buy 3D movies so I wouldn't know if they are somehow different. I think the studios are less sensitive to region-locking in Europe and elsewhere. The reason stuff was region-locked in North America was at one time because movie releases often came out on disc in N.A. before the movie was released to theaters elsewhere so there was a big demand in these other places to get the disc release ahead of the the theater release. That's much less true these days, with new movies being released all over the world within days of each other. A lot of your 3D movies might be from Sony and Sony has been more prone to region coding. I think I've only ever seen a couple of releases from Warner Bros. that were region-coded.

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SR4KP1 Seiki Model is a Region Free capable unit........

4K upscaling also if needed.............

http://www.sears.com/seiki-u-vision-...ype=SKIP_LEVEL

Unlock Link:

http://www.videohelp.com/dvdhacks/seiki-sr212s/12040

I have verified it works with the above model..........

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Do you still recommend the Seiki SR4KP1? It's now $70 at Amazon (with the benefit of their warranty) and appears to the cheapest multi-region BD option.
Thanks, Trevor.
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How about buying multiple players and setting them to different regions. I have seen some pretty nice Sony players with 3D etc for ~$100 sale price.
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Do you still recommend the Seiki SR4KP1? It's now $70 at Amazon (with the benefit of their warranty) and appears to the cheapest multi-region BD option.
Thanks, Trevor.
There is a thread about Seiki players at blu-ray.com:
http://forum.blu-ray.com/showthread.php?t=216607
I read thru it, the latter half dozen pages are on the SR4KP1 and there were very few negative comments and no comments about drive failure, a big concern of mine. The previous model SR212S had comments about the remote being unresponsive (I'm used that with my iView) but no similar comments for the SR4KP1. There were some comments about a plasticky smell from new, so you might want to leave the unit powered on for a couple of days to get rid of that.
The SR4KP1 is another bare bones player, no internet, no 3D that will suit me just fine for playing B BDs.
Good luck, Trevor.
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Best bluray player with 24p streaming (Netflix) ability... Region free as well.

Hey All,

I currently have a Sony bd5200 region free bluray player (hard-modded from MULTISYSTEM ELECTRONICS) from Amazon and I love it.

I also have a Samsung H5900 and can confirm that it streams Netflix in 24p as long as I play a bluray at some point before I start Netflix.

I'm looking to get another one, but prefer the Samsung interface - and was thinking about the Samsung h5900 region free player.

Does anyone know of any others that will stream Netflix in 24p?

Im looking to stick around the $225 price range.

Thanks a ton in advance!
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Can anyone confirm out of the 3 most listed companies that sell region free players which ones use hardwired modifications?
I know that world-imports has been stated as hw mods and their garanteed but what about 220 electronics or bombey?

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