Originally Posted by King Vidiot
Yes it would, but I've heard a lot of TV manufacturers purposely lock out 50hz capability on US models. That's completely ridiculous of course. When I bought my TV I heard conflicting reports of whether or not it could display PAL material, thankfully it does (though not through the composite video input, which I don't need anyways.) I'm sort of afraid if I ask LG about this, that'll give them a reason to lock it out. They've already made a bunch of other silly decisions like dropping 3D, reason why I bought the TV I did when it was still available.
They said that when I asked them about it before their troubles started, and that's also ridiculous. It comes set default to NTSC-only anyways, so people who don't understand that stuff likely wouldn't mess with it. That PAL/NTSC button on the remote probably wasn't a good idea (and sadly it doesn't work on the 203, I've tried!) But aren't most people who buy Oppos smart enough to understand all that stuff and not be confused by it? Besides, setting the 203 to 50hz makes it ONLY put out that signal, so if my TV didn't support it then that would cause it to show no picture and make someone think the player was bricked. At least with a "Multi-standard" setting it'll only lose the picture on PAL discs if that's the case, and come back when playing NTSC.
I'd gladly pay someone at Oppo to make a custom firmware for me that fixes this problem. Otherwise, is there any sort of box I can get that will just tell the player that the display supports 50hz and to output it when appropriate?
You're not the only one with this issue. Probably about 1/3 of my DVDs are region 2, many of which have not had a BD or UHD release. I requested this feature from OPPO over a year ago, and again a few weeks ago to see if any progress had been made. Both times, they told me they'd consider it, but it didn't sound high on their list of things to fix/change. Since my 103D *did* support the PAL/NTSC/Multisystem feature, I got a lot of use out of it with my LG TV. Now, I've resigned myself to changing the output to 4K/50 for PAL DVD, which of course means I usually forget to change it back, and then NTSC material looks weird until I remember what happened. It seems like a simple thing to have retained, but I guess Bob's explanation where people thought things were bricked is the reason they dropped it, at least from US firmware.
Definitely bummed. If they don't fix it, then after official support ceases for new firmware, I might have to look into less-official sources.
The idea someone posted about using an HD-Fury to fix it sounds interesting. I'm already looking at that because for some reason, my LG doesn't broadcast the fact it can do HDR, even when set properly, so I have to force my source devices to do HDR rather than them recognizing it from the TV. The HD-Fury people said I could fix that with one of their devices. Being able to also set a bit for PAL compatibility would only be icing on the cake.