Multi-Region Blu-Ray Options

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  • delbert 9 Apr 2009 16:38:28 2,893 posts
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    I've started noticing that the percentage of Blu-Ray disks that are being Region-locked by the Distributors is going up and where with DVD I have always had Multi-region players I am now limited to Region B for Blu-Ray with my PS3 and am starting to miss getting the US and Asian releases early (and dont want to invest any more money on an old format and import DVDs).

    Looking around there are only chipped solutions to the Multi region dilema which are about double the price of a normal player at least or my other option is to import a region A player and have 2 boxes under my TV. Anyone gone Multi-Region and if so how/what?
  • bad09 9 Apr 2009 23:10:44 6,256 posts
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    Tough, you had your chance with HD DVD ;)
  • delbert 10 Apr 2009 14:49:25 2,893 posts
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    Well I adopted HD-DVD first but unfortunately that didnt pan out!
  • delbert 27 Apr 2009 11:56:55 2,893 posts
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    Although its out of my price range at the moment if anyone was interested in going Region Free (for both BD and DVD) Movietyme have just added this Panny to their site
  • consignia 27 Apr 2009 12:04:36 1,433 posts
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    I feel your pain. The route I'm going down is get a Region A Oppo, to handle Region A Blu-ray and Region 1 DVDs, with my PS3 handling Region B Blu-ray and Region 2 DVDs with a normal DVD player picking up the slack for the rest of the DVD regions. This should cover most of my bases.
  • delbert 27 Apr 2009 12:05:37 2,893 posts
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    Do you have a link to the Region A player you are looking at?
  • consignia 27 Apr 2009 12:08:28 1,433 posts
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    It's not out yet, but the one I'm looking at is: http://www.oppodigital.com/blu-ray-bdp-83/

    It's notable for it's excellent upscaling ability, and generally for being a well-respected performer.
  • delbert 27 Apr 2009 12:11:57 2,893 posts
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    Cheers I'll check it out..

    @Fluffy, I like to think I'm single handedly keeping the movie industry afloat by actually buying the product :)
  • delbert 27 Apr 2009 12:13:51 2,893 posts
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    But I just love those "You wouldnt steal a car" ads I cant help it ;)
  • silentbob 27 Apr 2009 12:22:21 29,029 posts
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    I dunno, really not fussed about multi-region capabilities. US to UK release dates are no where near as bad as at DVD's inception and the majority of Studios don't use region coding anyway.

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  • delbert 27 Apr 2009 12:43:55 2,893 posts
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    It seems most of the titles I really want early are always locked, saying that I have just received "The Reader" and "Frost/Nixon" from the US :)
  • Globbits 10 Sep 2012 16:22:41 56 posts
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    Bump.

    Did a forum search and this thread seemed like the best place to stick my question...

    I was looking at getting a region-free blu ray player, but I'm not really sure where would be the best place to look. Would any EGers be able to recommend a particular make/model?

    (I already have a cinema system so I'm not really looking to throw great wads of cash at it, but happy to pay a bit extra for a decent/reliable piece of kit)

    Thanks in advance :)
  • Deleted user 10 September 2012 16:53:27
    Last time I checked there is really no such thing as a "region-free blu ray player". What you can get is players that have been hard-modded. So you can get pretty much any model you fancy but it'll be twice the price, and with most you'll have to switch it manually between regions (which won't work via the remote) and your warranty will be invalid to boot.

    I looked into it but decided I couldn't be fucked in the end. There are one or two very highly rated sellers on Amazon who sell ready modded models if you still want one, or you can buy a mod kit and do it yourself.
  • Globbits 10 Sep 2012 17:25:32 56 posts
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    Thanks for the quick reply, explains why information on them is a bit thin on the ground

    Seems there's a Toshiba player knocking about that is region-free for DVDs and region-switchable via remote for Blu-Rays after a firmware update

    Might give that a spin and see how I get on

    Edited by Globbits at 17:25:49 10-09-2012
  • Derblington 10 Sep 2012 17:39:51 22,307 posts
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    This is why I bought a US PS3. I just import all my films. I miss out on local sales but make up for it with smaller packaging.
  • FabricatedLunatic 10 Sep 2012 17:46:09 13,040 posts
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    Globbits wrote:
    Seems there's a Toshiba player knocking about that is region-free for DVDs and region-switchable via remote for Blu-Rays after a firmware update
    I have the 3200 model and used the Australian firmware update. Took a few minutes and works a treat.
  • Globbits 13 Sep 2012 17:21:19 56 posts
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    If anyone is interested, I picked up the Toshiba BDX1200 I linked in my earlier post, installed the Australian firmware update and it's working well so far (region free DVD, multi-region Blu-Ray). (Only have one region A Blu-Ray to test it on right now though!)

    Well chuffed with that for 50 :)

    Edit: spelling

    Edited by Globbits at 17:24:55 13-09-2012
  • delbert 13 Sep 2012 23:45:02 2,893 posts
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    @FabricatedLunatic I know it's ages years since I started the thread and I've been getting most of my stuff in this region anyway but thanks for the heads up might just get me one of those 3200s as will open more options up for me. Ta!
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