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Need help finding a region free DVD player

I am trying to buy a region free dvd player for my grandparents to use. They mainly watch Chinese soap operas and t.v. shows. Their old one is having issues now and i never looked into buying a region free dvd player and Best Buy and the likes near me all don't have any. We live in Texas. They do have a 1080p capable t.v. but it is old. Would a Blu-ray player that is region free be cheaper to buy? Looking on Amazon and Newegg I couldn't really find that many region free except this one LG one but the reviews were bad and one on Newegg I never heard of.
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A FEW DVD, BD or UD Players are hackable via a series of button presses on R/C and/or Front Panel to ENABLE Region Free mode, search here to see if any of your EXISTING Players are hackable:
https://www.videohelp.com/dvdhacks

Although my fol. post was in search of a [pricey] OPPO Region-Free BD Player, the WEBLINKS will lead you to MANY different players from nearly ALL of the major manufacturers. Note that you can buy a NEW Region-Free DVD, BD or UD Player outright or send an existing one in for installation of a mod-kit (if any exist)....or buy a mod-kit and install it yourself....if your player is upgradeable and you have the skills to modify electronic circuitry:
https://www.avsforum.com/forum/18-dv...l#post55319920
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One option is to shop usaudiomart or Audiogon or local used-goods sites (craigslist, kijiji, etc.) for a gently-used OPPO DVD player. They can all be made region-free very easily and you should be able to pick one up for ~$50.
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[quote=holl_ands;57187010]A FEW DVD, BD or UD Players are hackable via a series of button presses on R/C and/or Front Panel to ENABLE Region Free mode, search here to see if any of your EXISTING Players are hackable:


Although my fol. post was in search of a [pricey] OPPO Region-Free BD Player, the WEBLINKS will lead you to MANY different players from nearly ALL of the major manufacturers. Note that you can buy a NEW Region-Free DVD, BD or UD Player outright or send an existing one in for installation of a mod-kit (if any exist)....or buy a mod-kit and install it yourself....if your player is upgradeable and you have the skills to modify electronic circuitry:





Would it be better off buying a region free blu-ray player or should I just buy a region free dvd player? They don't have anything on blu-ray though. I wish I knew about that hack code. I went to Best Buy and bought one of the LG DP132 and returned it after it didn't work. Is there any 1080p upscaling one for the $40-$60 range? Looking at the LG DP132H as best option so far for $49
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Forget BD, it would be way out of your price range.
Looks like DVD players start around $60 and personally I'd just pick one up from a reputable dealer that specializes in new players that have already been made region free. Sure you might be able to save some cash by buying used or buying cheap and trying to hack it yourself but as your talking about giving this to someone who is less than tech savvy, I'd just suggest purchasing the right player right off the bat
Both of these companies have been around for years and stand behind their products:
https://www.220-electronics.com/regi...d-players.html
http://www.world-import.com/dvd-converter-1.htm
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Originally Posted by Shandofurion
... Panasonic DVD-S700 ... LG DP132H ...
Unless I misread them, according to their respective owner's manuals:
- The Panasonic can play NTSC and PAL formats.
- The LG can play NTSC but not PAL.

(Neither player is region-free.)

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Region-Free "Hack" does not magically add PAL capability to a Player that never had PAL capability.....

You would be surprised at how many Players designed for North American market ALSO play PAL....IF the PAL disc was enabled for ALL Regions.....so the All-Region "Hack" allows Region 2 (et. al.) PAL discs to ALSO be played.

BTW: Many North American market Players that are NTSC/PAL capable can be CHANGED by the User (via Set-Up Menus) from say Region 1 to Region 2....but there are a very limited number of allowed changes.....so you might need one Player for Region1 and another for Region 2. [Unfortunately, I also need Region 4 Aussie DVDs.]

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Seems you need to make a decision whether you want to allow them to play 1080p BD's (in addition to DVD's Low Rez 480p), spending $140 [note $40 extra for ANY BD-Disc] for fol. Sony BDP-S1700 BD-Player that will play ANY DVD/BD Disc and ALSO provides access to the Sony Entertainment Network (Over 300 apps, including: Netflix, Hulu, Pandora Music, Amazon Video, UTube, Vudu and many many more....some FREE and some NOT)...and even has some sort of PLAYSTATION capability:
https://www.220-electronics.com/sony...vd-player.html
http://www.world-import.com/sony-bdp....VZs6wyUo.dpbs

All the details for Sony BDP-S1700 BD-Player are found in fol. USER MANUAL and marketing blurb on Amazon [NOT the Region Free Model]:
https://www.sony.com/electronics/sup.../45796631M.pdf
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01AT6B0DK

Or just get the least expensive All Region DVD Player that you can find....one where hopefully the R/C isn't total junk, such as fol. LG-DP132 ($50) or SAMSUNG DVD-E-360 ($55) DVD Player:
http://www.world-import.com/lg-dp132....JN1Cl3FB.dpbs
https://www.220-electronics.com/sams...ee-player.html

SO.....is it worth an extra $90 (maybe you can split the cost with a friend/relative?) to bring them "up to date"...well at least "up to date" as of about 5 years ago....and note that they probably spend a LOT of time watching TV....

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220-electronics had a $13 shipping fee minimum for me.





This one says its region free and was cheaper on Amazon

the LG DP132H



http://www.world-import.com/lg-dp132....yWvIebRC.dpbs
https://www.amazon.com/LG-DP132H-Reg...ords=LG+DP132H
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Unless I misread them, according to their respective owner's manuals:
- The Panasonic can play NTSC and PAL formats.
- The LG can play NTSC but not PAL.

(Neither player is region-free.)
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
http://www.world-import.com/lg-dp132....vgLbewuL.dpbs



the LG DP132H is listed as region free


along with a region free version of LG DP132


http://www.world-import.com/dvd-converter-1.htm
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