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Basics Behind Modding a DVD Player for Multi-region?

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by Sunday Ironfoot, Aug 22, 2003.

  1. Sunday Ironfoot

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    Can someone tell me the basic principles behind modding a DVD player for multi-region playback, and what it entires? Does it require a physical moddification (such as a chip) or can you just put a code in or does this vary depending on your DVD player? Just the basics please...I know about the different regions and about NTSC/PAL etc. Thanks!
     
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    Essentially, those made by Toshiba, Sony, Pioneer, Panasonic, most JVC decks and most Sharp decks cannot be altered the region-free using the remote supplied with the player. Some can be modded by using a "hire for one use only" magic service engineer remote for (usually) £50 a throw, others by a hardware modification on the processor board/chipset (you can DIY these yourselves sometimes if you're proficient with a soldering iron, but your warranty would be voided - sometimes worth paying companies to do it for you as their work is usually backed with a warranty of sorts.

    As for the rest ? A free-for-all hack frenzy using either a sequence of numbers on the remote control (the "no-name" supermarket players), or by using a OneFor All6 remote (most Philips/Yamaha players - essentially the same thing) or flashing the player with magically hacked, and totally unofficial, firmware (eg LG).

    And some are even region-free out of the box (eg Akura at Kwik Save, Alba at Argos, Yamada at Amazon/eBuyer).
     
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    OK, thanks for those answers, they were really helpful, cheer guys! :smashin:
     

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