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Is there a region free kit that does automatic blu-ray region switching (i.e. no 5-key remote sequence required to manually switch region) ?
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There's no automatic region switching for any Blu-ray player, as far as I'm aware.

I have a multi-region Sony BDP-S5200 that I have had for years and kept around for just this purpose. It can play any DVD or Blu-ray disc automatically with at most "one-button" selection.

If interested, you can find this particular seller's Amazon storefront here.
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Is there a region free kit that does automatic blu-ray region switching (i.e. no 5-key remote sequence required to manually switch region) ?
If you have a programmable remote like a Harmony you can program a sequence to do all the button pressing required to switch regions. I've done it and it actually works but it took a bit of fiddling with delays to get it right. It was more of a "see if I can do it" exercise rather than actually needing it.
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If you have a programmable remote like a Harmony you can program a sequence to do all the button pressing required to switch regions. I've done it and it actually works but it took a bit of fiddling with delays to get it right. It was more of a "see if I can do it" exercise rather than actually needing it.
I did this and it works like dream. You just need one longer pause in the sequence between switch off and switch on again, I think I did 14 seconds which is the precise time it takes. You need to keep the harmony pointed at the player throughout, but so much easier.

I programmed a Zone A and Zone B sequence.
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I did this and it works like dream. You just need one longer pause in the sequence between switch off and switch on again, I think I did 14 seconds which is the precise time it takes. You need to keep the harmony pointed at the player throughout, but so much easier.

I programmed a Zone A and Zone B sequence.
I use a Harmony Hub along with my 950 so all I need to do is press the button and the Hub takes over, no need to point the remote anywhere.
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I have a multi-region Sony BDP-S5200 that I have had for years and kept around for just this purpose. It can play any DVD or Blu-ray disc automatically with at most "one-button" selection.
If you have to use a button to select it, it's not automatic then, is it?

Edit: Oh, sorry, misunderstand your point I think - I think you're saying that to avoid the complexity of region changing on the Oppo, you use the Sony instead?

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If you have to use a button to select it, it's not automatic then, is it?
It's as automatic as selecting "Play" to start playback.

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Edit: Oh, sorry, misunderstand your point I think - I think you're saying that to avoid the complexity of region changing on the Oppo, you use the Sony instead?
Correct.
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I have a multi-region Sony ...
If interested, you can find this particular seller's Amazon storefront here.

Thanks, I had forgotten about those Sonys!

I‘ll probably get a 3700 which will come in handy since the 203 doesn’t have Internet apps, and the cheap 3100 in my bedroom system is dying.

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If you have a programmable remote like a Harmony you can program a sequence to do all the button pressing required to switch regions. I've done it and it actually works but it took a bit of fiddling with delays to get it right. It was more of a "see if I can do it" exercise rather than actually needing it.


I could do the remote programming too, if I really wanted to mod the Oppo, but I don’t need it to be my only player. Now that they’re not making any more Oppos I’m leaning towards not putting any unnecessary hours on it. Considering the price of some of those mod kits, I was hoping one would truly be “region free” as opposed to “multi region” (selectable).

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Thanks, I had forgotten about those Sonys!

I‘ll probably get a 3700 which will come in handy since the 203 doesn’t have Internet apps, and the cheap 3100 in my bedroom system is dying.

YMMV, but for app performance and overall functionality, nothing beats a dedicated media streamer. Unless your sole focus is on reducing the number of devices and complexity of your A/V set-up, you will probably be better served getting something like an Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K, Roku Ultra, Nvidia Shield TV, or similar device for your video streaming needs despite the inherent redundancy.

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I'm finally considering getting rid of my UDP-203 and replacing it with a Panasonic UB820.

The primary function of my 203 now is to do tone mapping for UHD Blu-ray and for Apple TV. The problem obviously is that Oppo never fixed the tone mapping. And since they won't commit one way or another, or at least tapping out and saying "we're done here with these updates", then it really seems it may never get fixed.

So now I'm considering tossing the 203 and just using the UB820 to tone map discs, and route the Apple TV directly to my projector (since Panasonic doesn't have an hdmi input).

Are there any other reasons I should be sticking with the 203? It seems for my use it's pretty much dead?

For anyone who has made the switch, is the BT2020 color differences noticeably better with the UB820?
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For some reason only when using my 203 I always have to turn the volume way up on my TV(no surround sound). Is there a setting in audio that I'm missing causing this?

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Is there a region free kit that does automatic blu-ray region switching (i.e. no 5-key remote sequence required to manually switch region) ?
I wonder why region switching had to be changed so complex. I have Oppo 83 and hw region mod for it. It requires only that you push remote's 1, 2 or 3 in stand-by mode to switch BD region. After hitting 1, 2 or 3 it auto starts and voilà. Now, I also have Oppo 203 and region mod from same Bluraychip.dk company. Now you are required to give 5-key sequence and after that run power off and power on.
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I'm finally considering getting rid of my UDP-203 and replacing it with a Panasonic UB820.

The primary function of my 203 now is to do tone mapping for UHD Blu-ray and for Apple TV. The problem obviously is that Oppo never fixed the tone mapping. And since they won't commit one way or another, or at least tapping out and saying "we're done here with these updates", then it really seems it may never get fixed.

So now I'm considering tossing the 203 and just using the UB820 to tone map discs, and route the Apple TV directly to my projector (since Panasonic doesn't have an hdmi input).

Are there any other reasons I should be sticking with the 203? It seems for my use it's pretty much dead?

For anyone who has made the switch, is the BT2020 color differences noticeably better with the UB820?


If you enjoy the 203’s network file playback capabilities that would be a reason to keep it.


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If you have a programmable remote like a Harmony you can program a sequence to do all the button pressing required to switch regions. I've done it and it actually works but it took a bit of fiddling with delays to get it right. It was more of a "see if I can do it" exercise rather than actually needing it.[IMG class=inlineimg]/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif[/IMG]


I could do the remote programming too, if I really wanted to mod the Oppo, but I don’t need it to be my only player. Now that they’re not making any more Oppos I’m leaning towards not putting any unnecessary hours on it. Considering the price of some of those mod kits, I was hoping one would truly be “region free” as opposed to “multi region” (selectable).

Thank you, all.
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Whats it mean to be putting hours on the player... I believe there's no real way to check how many hour the player has so it doesn't really matter. Unless you just mean putting wear and tear on it.

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For some reason only when using my 203 I always have to turn the volume way up on my TV(no surround sound). Is there a setting in audio that I'm missing causing this?
Odds are what you are hearing is the "down mix attenuation" that's applied when multi-channel content is down mixed to stereo to keep from clipping when the multiple channels are summed into just left/right speakers. This is normal, and you compensate by raising the TV volume just as you are doing.

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Whats it mean to be putting hours on the player... Unless you just mean putting wear and tear on it.

That’s all I meant. Time before failure of electronics is typically measured in hours, not that I’m counting the hours

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I'm finally considering getting rid of my UDP-203 and replacing it with a Panasonic UB820.

The primary function of my 203 now is to do tone mapping for UHD Blu-ray and for Apple TV. The problem obviously is that Oppo never fixed the tone mapping. And since they won't commit one way or another, or at least tapping out and saying "we're done here with these updates", then it really seems it may never get fixed.

So now I'm considering tossing the 203 and just using the UB820 to tone map discs, and route the Apple TV directly to my projector (since Panasonic doesn't have an hdmi input).

Are there any other reasons I should be sticking with the 203? It seems for my use it's pretty much dead?

For anyone who has made the switch, is the BT2020 color differences noticeably better with the UB820?


I agree...... The 203 is total junk!! I'll be glad to take it off your hands for $200.. You won't have to worry about the awful tone mapping anymore.. lol 😉
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I'm finally considering getting rid of my UDP-203 and replacing it with a Panasonic UB820.

The primary function of my 203 now is to do tone mapping for UHD Blu-ray and for Apple TV. The problem obviously is that Oppo never fixed the tone mapping. And since they won't commit one way or another, or at least tapping out and saying "we're done here with these updates", then it really seems it may never get fixed.

So now I'm considering tossing the 203 and just using the UB820 to tone map discs, and route the Apple TV directly to my projector (since Panasonic doesn't have an hdmi input).

Are there any other reasons I should be sticking with the 203? It seems for my use it's pretty much dead?

For anyone who has made the switch, is the BT2020 color differences noticeably better with the UB820?
I'm in the same boat as you.. I'm thinking of just rerouting the roku directly to the projector and getting the 820..

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Anyone have any issues playing It in 4K? Tried the other night and it stutters all the way through. I’ve played the disc a couple times before and never had a issue. I’m running the latest firmware.
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Anyone have any issues playing It in 4K? Tried the other night and it stutters all the way through. I’ve played the disc a couple times before and never had a issue. I’m running the latest firmware.
Just this past week, my player is unable to play 4K UHD discs. I recently played John Wick 2 and it stuttered at a few place during the movie. Now it will not recognize any of my 4K UHD discs. The player would try to load the disc but would not even start to get into the disc main screen. I would get an Unknown Disc Message on the screen and No Disc in the menu.

The player would still be able to play Blu-ray disc but not the 4K UHD. I am also running the latest firmware. I have contacted Oppo and they said to do a factory reset. I did the factory reset and I am still not able to play 4K UHD. Now Oppo is asking me to use a nonabrasive cloth and warm water to clean the disc. I am not sure if this will work because all my discs are in new condition. I will give it a try and see if this will help.
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"All mighty Genie of the 203" please don't worry about the Stutta.... Stut... Stuttering.... I'm sure the magical folks at Oppo will conjure up a new firmware release soon.. 🙏🏻
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I'm finally considering getting rid of my UDP-203 and replacing it with a Panasonic UB820.

The primary function of my 203 now is to do tone mapping for UHD Blu-ray and for Apple TV. The problem obviously is that Oppo never fixed the tone mapping. And since they won't commit one way or another, or at least tapping out and saying "we're done here with these updates", then it really seems it may never get fixed.

So now I'm considering tossing the 203 and just using the UB820 to tone map discs, and route the Apple TV directly to my projector (since Panasonic doesn't have an hdmi input).

Are there any other reasons I should be sticking with the 203? It seems for my use it's pretty much dead?

For anyone who has made the switch, is the BT2020 color differences noticeably better with the UB820?
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I agree...... The 203 is total junk!! I'll be glad to take it off your hands for $200.. You won't have to worry about the awful tone mapping anymore.. lol 😉
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I'm in the same boat as you.. I'm thinking of just rerouting the roku directly to the projector and getting the 820..

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As another kind soul who's willing to do a good deed, I'll take it off your hands for a kingly $200. Get that offending thing out of sight.
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I'm finally considering getting rid of my UDP-203 and replacing it with a Panasonic UB820.

The primary function of my 203 now is to do tone mapping for UHD Blu-ray and for Apple TV. The problem obviously is that Oppo never fixed the tone mapping. And since they won't commit one way or another, or at least tapping out and saying "we're done here with these updates", then it really seems it may never get fixed.

So now I'm considering tossing the 203 and just using the UB820 to tone map discs, and route the Apple TV directly to my projector (since Panasonic doesn't have an hdmi input).

Are there any other reasons I should be sticking with the 203? It seems for my use it's pretty much dead?

For anyone who has made the switch, is the BT2020 color differences noticeably better with the UB820?

Your reasons may be different than mine........ I see the 203/205 as being very beneficial in having a powerful and useful "ZOOM" option in which no other 4K player (besides Pioneer LX500) have a zoom option.. Also......... No other player on the market supports the true 21:9 movie aspect ratio besides the 203/205.. The future will indeed bring us 8K HDR 21:9 TV's for sure... That's the logical next step... You can already purchase 21:9 projectors.. And "only" the 203/205 will be able to be used on them correctly.. 😀🍿🍿🍿🍿🍿
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I'm finally considering getting rid of my UDP-203 and replacing it with a Panasonic UB820.

The primary function of my 203 now is to do tone mapping for UHD Blu-ray and for Apple TV. The problem obviously is that Oppo never fixed the tone mapping. And since they won't commit one way or another, or at least tapping out and saying "we're done here with these updates", then it really seems it may never get fixed.
I guess you're not using the OPPO's excellent networking media file playback features...
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I recently met a Comcast Engineer at an audio event. He invited me to visit Comcast technology center in downtown Philadelphia. They have multiple demo rooms for their products with Atmos setups to show off what their new boxes are capable of doing. They also have Oppo 205’s in their setups. He casually stated they only wanted to use the best equipment in their setups. Just sayin’........

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I recently met a Comcast Engineer at an audio event. He invited me to visit Comcast technology center in downtown Philadelphia. They have multiple demo rooms for their products with Atmos setups to show off what their new boxes are capable of doing. They also have Oppo 205’s in their setups. He casually stated they only wanted to use the best equipment in their setups. Just sayin’........
Did he have to do 2 or 3 system refreshes on his set top boxes while you were there? Just kidding (sort of).
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Haha very funny. I will probably sell it on eBay for the $~1000 price that they are currently going for.

I understand Oppo has NDA's with their beta testers, etc. But this product is no longer in production?? I wish they would just come out and say what they're continuing to work on, and what they are abandoning, so that I can make a conscious decision as to what other device I could switch to.

At this point, I'd be more happy if Oppo just said "we're totally abandoning the tone mapping feature, and is no longer being worked on".

What would suck, is if I sold the Oppo, then a month later they actually fix the issue.
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Haha very funny. I will probably sell it on eBay for the $~1000 price that they are currently going for.

I understand Oppo has NDA's with their beta testers, etc. But this product is no longer in production?? I wish they would just come out and say what they're continuing to work on, and what they are abandoning, so that I can make a conscious decision as to what other device I could switch to.

At this point, I'd be more happy if Oppo just said "we're totally abandoning the tone mapping feature, and is no longer being worked on".

What would suck, is if I sold the Oppo, then a month later they actually fix the issue.

I understand, it is hairy to own something which is not being sold any more. They are committed to supporting it for x number of years and have come out before with amazing things without telling any of us (except those persnickety beta testers).

Can''t tell you how to go. A few people have lamented that they gave up their 20X's and found only lesser stuff out there. Maybe buy one of the other players and keep the 203 while you hash out whether you want to make the transition.

Given the price of re-entry, though... it is hard to return to paradise

Anyways - the prices for sale are good, but there is a reason for that. Good luck.
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I understand, it is hairy to own something which is not being sold any more. They are committed to supporting it for x number of years and have come out before with amazing things without telling any of us (except those persnickety beta testers).

Can''t tell you how to go. A few people have lamented that they gave up their 20X's and found only lesser stuff out there. Maybe buy one of the other players and keep the 203 while you hash out whether you want to make the transition.

Given the price of re-entry, though... it is hard to return to paradise

Anyways - the prices for sale are good, but there is a reason for that. Good luck.

Honestly, I would not worry about product support. Companies like Sony and Panasonic releases new players almost every year and after a while they stop supporting their players.
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Did he have to do 2 or 3 system refreshes on his set top boxes while you were there? Just kidding (sort of).
😂, I’ve had my issues with Comcast over the years so I hear ya, but lately I’ve been somewhat happier. But this topic quite obviously should take place in the xfinity thread.
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