All-Region DVD and Blu-ray Player Advice

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Re: All-Region DVD and Blu-ray Player Advice

#1151 Post by feckless boy » Thu Feb 25, 2016 9:15 am

TMDaines wrote:SlySoft (the makers of AnyDVD) are closing their doors. It looks like legal pressure finally became too much. This is a massive blow to the future of HTPCs. Fuck.
DVDFab HD Decrypter is still up though, wonder if that software is going to be taken down as well?

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Re: All-Region DVD and Blu-ray Player Advice

#1152 Post by Michael Kerpan » Thu Feb 25, 2016 11:39 am

feckless boy wrote:DVDFab HD Decrypter is still up though, wonder if that software is going to be taken down as well?
What DVDFab product does one need if one just wants to play (and make screen shots) of any and all BluRays?

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Re: All-Region DVD and Blu-ray Player Advice

#1153 Post by cdnchris » Thu Feb 25, 2016 11:43 am

I believe you just need Passkey for Blu-rays (I admittedly haven't tried it yet).

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All-Region DVD and Blu-ray Player Advice

#1154 Post by Werewolf by Night » Fri Feb 26, 2016 12:11 am

My poor old Sherwood has finally given up the ghost. (I'm amazed that it lasted as long as it did.) If you were in the US and wanted to buy a new BD player that is all-region and will output 1080i 50Hz video at 60Hz (gotta get that Alan Clarke box), what would you choose?

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Re: All-Region DVD and Blu-ray Player Advice

#1155 Post by Emak-Bakia » Fri Feb 26, 2016 10:19 am

Of course there are better (albeit more expensive) alternatives, but, as I mentioned a page back, the Seiki SR4KP1 is still available for $99.99 or best offer (hint: this means the seller will take less) from a seller on eBay. My two players from this seller arrived safely. My only complaint is that they were shipped simply by wrapping the blu-ray player boxes in plastic. The boxes arrived a little dinged up, but the players were fine. I've been intensely testing them with all kinds of different discs over the last few weeks, and I still haven't run into any problems.

I was a little concerned about Seiki's claims about the player's noise reduction capabilities, but I simply made sure to turn that and other auto-"enhancements" off, and I haven't noticed any issues.

I don't know of any 50Hz content that I have, but Oedipax confirmed in the Dissent and Disruption thread that the player converts 50Hz to 60Hz quite nicely.

Once last thing: those SquareTrade warranties offered on the eBay listing seem like a rip-off, but I was actually very satisfied the one time I bought one for my first region free player (the good ol' Insignia WBR-DVD2.) The player ended up lasting only about a year, but I had a two year warranty, so they refunded my purchase price (and paid to have the player shipped to them) with basically no questions asked. Since it's a stretch for most modern electronics to work for three years without issue, I paid the $15 for a three year warranty on the Seiki. Only time will tell if it was worth it.

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#1156 Post by Werewolf by Night » Tue Mar 01, 2016 2:41 pm

Seiki it is, then. I wouldn't have minded spending a little more on something of higher quality, but I was unable to get an email reply from anyone at 220 Electronics regarding the framerate conversion. Shame OPPO stopped making relatively affordable players.

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All-Region DVD and Blu-ray Player Advice

#1157 Post by TMDaines » Thu Mar 03, 2016 11:22 am

That was quick: AnyDVD is now back under the banner of RedFox.

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#1158 Post by worriedfire » Thu May 19, 2016 2:46 pm

I'm buying an American-bought region A Playstation 3 in order to play region A Blu-Rays over here in Sweden. Because it features universal power supply compatibility, using it should as far as I am aware not be any problem. This is rather just me double-checking, seeing if there's any reason to be cautious. Could there be any issues in playing region A-locked Blu-Rays (I don't care about DVDs) via an American PS3 to my Swedish TV? As far as I know (it says so on the back) the TV supports both 50 and 60Hz. I'll of course be using an HDMI cable.

I guess what I'm asking is whether or not there could be some sort of "lock" between the two devices, rendering a Blu-Ray unplayable on certain TVs.

Sorry if it's a silly question, I'm not very tech-savvy -- at least not when it comes to stuff like this.

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#1159 Post by David M. » Thu May 19, 2016 2:56 pm

Could there be any issues in playing region A-locked Blu-Rays (I don't care about DVDs) via an American PS3 to my Swedish TV?
No. All TVs in Europe support at least 50hz and 60hz timing. All new ones also support 24hz.
As far as I know (it says so on the back) the TV supports both 50 and 60Hz.
That means the frequency of the power supply in the TV, which isn't related to the frame rates it can display, but it's irrelevant because European HDTVs can play everything.

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Re: All-Region DVD and Blu-ray Player Advice

#1160 Post by worriedfire » Thu May 19, 2016 3:03 pm

David M. wrote:
Could there be any issues in playing region A-locked Blu-Rays (I don't care about DVDs) via an American PS3 to my Swedish TV?
No. All TVs in Europe support at least 50hz and 60hz timing. All new ones also support 24hz.
Fantastic. Thank you.

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#1161 Post by Trees » Thu May 19, 2016 3:53 pm

How is something like this Sony S1500RF Multi System Region Free Blu-Ray Disc DVD Player?

I just want to be able to play the Artificial Eye UK Mizo Blu-ray box set. [-o<

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#1162 Post by mistakaninja » Thu May 19, 2016 4:21 pm

I'm in the UK, but have a Pioneer with an ICOS chip. Never found anything it didn't play.

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Re: All-Region DVD and Blu-ray Player Advice

#1163 Post by htshell » Thu Feb 16, 2017 6:57 pm

Hello, bit of an annoying question and wonder if anyone could give any advice?

Bought a Seiki SR4KP1 blu-ray player as recommended in this thread. Was using it at my parents' house and they lost the remote! Been trying to find a replacement through Seiki customer service but they won't sell one. Tried to program an RCA universal remote but it didn't work. Any ideas? Has anyone successfully programmed this player with a universal remote? Or any leads on a spare remote?

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Re: All-Region DVD and Blu-ray Player Advice

#1164 Post by CR2 » Thu Jun 15, 2017 12:01 am

So I've been using an older Momitsu BDP-899 for literally YEARS up until now, and fairly recently it's been annoyingly on the fritz on Blu playback, and since I can't possibly figure out a way to just get another one, I've been consulting this thread for options. From what I'm gathering, I should in fact go with the Seiki that keeps being recommended, which currently on Amazon for $100:

https://www.amazon.com/Seiki-SR4KP1-Up- ... 1_1&sr=8-1" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

It seems to have all the functionality I'd need in terms of region free playback for DVD/Blu, and that's really all I'd need it for. The upconversion bit is nice, but unnecessary (as long as it does true 1080p playback that's all I'd care about), so I'm fine with a no frills unit of this type, I just was curious if this is a "Get what you pay for" kind of thing where because it's considerably cheaper than other Region-free players I've run across if this is more of a short term solution or something I can reliably depend on to last me years down the road.

I've also seen people mention a Sony in this thread although it's unclear which one is being addressed. I'm not looking to pay hundreds unnecessarily, but I want something of a solid long term quality. If anyone here who owns the unit can confirm that it's a good investment for the money, I'll go ahead and pull the trigger, but just want to confirm real fast that this is a good overall option (as I'll admit the reviews indicate), and not a "Well since you don't want to pay $400..." option in a pinch. Thanks.

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Re: All-Region DVD and Blu-ray Player Advice

#1165 Post by cvarrick » Thu Jun 15, 2017 7:54 am

I've had mine for 2 or 3 years & it's worked flawlessly. I was debating whether to get an Oppo, but figured I'd rather save the $ & stick with my existing Sony region A player & set the seiki for region B. So I'm not sure how easy it is to toggle back & forth if it's your sole player.

Some people have complained that it has some inbuilt processing/sharpening that you can turn down but not truly off. I turned mine all the way down & don't notice it (into a Panasonic st-50)

I just saw that one of the amazon reviews claims it doesn't play PAL DVDs. I'm pretty sure it DOES, but will check later.

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Re: All-Region DVD and Blu-ray Player Advice

#1166 Post by CR2 » Thu Jun 15, 2017 4:32 pm

cvarrick wrote:So I'm not sure how easy it is to toggle back & forth if it's your sole player.
From what it seems like I've read a couple places, it's literally as simple as entering "8520" (think that was it) at the setup screen and you get taken to a back door that lets you change region coding. So assuming there's not a limit on the amount of times you can switch that out, that seems pretty simple.

I just saw that one of the amazon reviews claims it doesn't play PAL DVDs. I'm pretty sure it DOES, but will check later.
I just saw that review myself. That would be a deal breaker of course, but you'd think any player where people are touting true region-free playback would play PAL discs. Assuming you're positive it's the same model, just let me know if it works for you. (Also does it play DVD-R, MOD, BD-R, etc.? I don't have a lot of them, but I know somethings don't. )

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Re: All-Region DVD and Blu-ray Player Advice

#1167 Post by theflirtydozen » Thu Jun 15, 2017 6:33 pm

CR2 wrote:
cvarrick wrote:So I'm not sure how easy it is to toggle back & forth if it's your sole player.
From what it seems like I've read a couple places, it's literally as simple as entering "8520" (think that was it) at the setup screen and you get taken to a back door that lets you change region coding. So assuming there's not a limit on the amount of times you can switch that out, that seems pretty simple.
To be even more specific, for future reference: At the home screen when you first start the player, press "setup" on the remote then type "8520" and another box will come up with the region settings. You can set the DVD region to "0" for all region but you have to change between "1," "2," or "3" for blu regions A, B, and C, respectively. After entering the numbers for the region settings, you can press "setup" again to close all the boxes. Pretty sure this can only be done when there's not a disc in the machine or when the tray is open.

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Re: All-Region DVD and Blu-ray Player Advice

#1168 Post by Oedipax » Thu Jun 15, 2017 7:56 pm

The Seiki certainly does play/convert PAL discs and DVD-Rs/DVD+Rs. It also properly converts 1080i50 blu-rays. It's a great player, you won't regret it.

I did have one BD-R it wouldn't play (Wiseman's La Danse from Zipporah) but that title didn't work in any of the players I tried it in.

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Re: All-Region DVD and Blu-ray Player Advice

#1169 Post by CR2 » Fri Jun 16, 2017 4:14 am

Alrighty guys, I went ahead and grabbed one, I'll report back when it's hooked up. Thanks so much!

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Re: All-Region DVD and Blu-ray Player Advice

#1170 Post by CR2 » Tue Jun 20, 2017 3:23 pm

Wow, this thing is GREAT. For such a little, no frills unit, it has all the functionality you could want out of all-region player. Quiet, and fast loading, even on recent titles, plays everything I could throw at it in a snap with zero hiccups.

I honestly thought when it was this cheap there had to be a catch, but there really isn't. Too good to be true, but it isn't.

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Re: All-Region DVD and Blu-ray Player Advice

#1171 Post by craigelliott » Tue Aug 08, 2017 3:04 am

Good day all... am looking for some help please ... I have a new Denon DBT3313 Bluray Player and the DVD
part is zone free , but the Blu ray is only zone 2. I have heard that you can change zones by using a flash drive with the correct software on it.... does anyone have any info on this please !!! thanks so much

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#1172 Post by Godot » Wed Aug 30, 2017 1:52 am

craigelliott wrote:...I have a new Denon DBT3313 Bluray Player ... the Blu ray is only zone 2. I have heard that you can change zones by using a flash drive with the correct software on it.... does anyone have any info on this please !!! thanks so much
Caligula posted some information on this back in 2013. I suggest that you contact him directly, he offered to help with flash region-free capability.
Here's the link to that post thread.

By the way, I used to frequently change blu-ray regions to watch discs, but found this too cumbersome with teaching the rest of the occupants in my home (including aging in-laws and occasional house-and-pet-sitters), despite writing detailed instructions. I finally bought a second blu-ray player (hardware-modified to multi-region), and although I realize that solution may not be economically feasible for many others, it simplified my life. Both blu-ray players are DVD-region-free, and I designate one blu-ray to region A and the other to region B; I then put a small colored dot on the spines of region B blu-ray cases (I have fewer of those), and the same colored dot on the region-B-designated player. Then I just explained to everyone that all "unmarked" discs (they often can't distinguish between blu-ray and DVD) will play in the "unmarked" blu-ray player, and all spines with dots will only play in the blu-ray player with the same colored dot.

I've had software-modified players, installed my own hardware kits, and purchased pre-hardware-modified players; the latter has served me most reliably. What a wonderful world we live in, to be able to watch the plethora of discs available from so many countries! Although I'm often asked by friends and family, "Why do you have two different versions of the same movie on blu-ray/DVD?" I try to explain about the special features and how some movies are only available from other regions, but I usually just get a blank stare. Everyone has their special pleasures.

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Re: All-Region DVD and Blu-ray Player Advice

#1173 Post by Feego » Tue Nov 28, 2017 3:18 pm

I've owned my region free Blu-ray player for about seven years but am concerned that it may die in the near future. I've looked into the Seiki mentioned above, but I was wondering, what are the drawbacks of just importing a Region B player from the UK to the US? For a lower price than the Seiki, I can get this Panasonic shipped to the US from Amazon UK (I still have a perfectly good Region A player and have no problem hooking them both up). I am totally ignorant when it comes to these issues. Are there discrepancies between US and UK plugs and wires? Will I be able to just plug a UK player in to the wall out of the box, or would it require some sort of adapter?

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Re: All-Region DVD and Blu-ray Player Advice

#1174 Post by Adam Grikepelis » Thu Nov 30, 2017 1:01 am

The UK & US have both different plugs and run on different voltages. In Australia, as with Europe I believe, most electronics like BD/DVD players are capable of running on either voltage, either by means of a physical external switch or internally via a built in transformer. In that situation all you'd need would be an adaptor or replacement lead with the correct plug. Depending on where you buy the player from, this might be an optional extra.

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Re: All-Region DVD and Blu-ray Player Advice

#1175 Post by Feego » Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:44 pm

Thanks for the info, Adam. I'll take all of this into consideration.

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