Originally Posted by Actionable Mango
Just to be clear, there's no such thing as a region-free Blu-Ray player in the same sense that there were region-free DVD players. Region-locked BDs can and do "insist" that the player only support the region that the disc is for.
There are region-selectable Blu-Ray players. You have to manually select the region (A B or C) that the locked disc is expecting, prior to inserting the disc.
I tried the selection methods I found online for the region free version of the player I bought, such as using numbers on the remote to select different regions (such as pressing number 2 for region B). Didn't work. If selectability was the problem, I would have gotten it to work.
In my correspondence with the seller, I found out that he did not know anything about the regional capabilities of the player he sold me.
The explanation for what happened is simple. It was an honest mistake by the seller. He simply used the wrong product description. It was a simple cut and paste description mistake from Amazon.com, combined with ignorance about zones. It was a case of a price too good to be true, and I should have been more careful.
In fact, I did find the product description for the region free version of this player at Amazon.com and it was word for word what he used in the Ebay sale, complete with the ABC image. Reading the description at Amazon.com cloesely, it turns out that Amazon's description is actually for a different model than the one shown, so Amazon got the description wrong as well.
If you shop for a region free players (or multi-zone or multi-region or ABC region players) long enough, you'll run across many instances of items with incorrect descriptions.
I have seen similar description issues for 3D blu ray movies, especially when it comes to zone-locked discs. I recently wound up with another 3D anaglyph movie recently that fooled me.
Anyway, I don't have the player anymore. After testing it, I sent it back and got my money back, minus the shipping cost. Lesson learned.
Next time, I am probably going to get the iVid BD780, or some converted player from one of those online sellers who specialize in multi-zone products.
Presumably, the sellers of multi-zone blu ray players (such as the one that charges you an extra $40 for the blu ray player ABC conversion) know what the heck they are selling.