Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by Sad Sack, Jan 21, 2002.
Does anybody know if there's a diference between code free and multi region?
It depends on what you mean by "code free".
There are a (very) few movies which are region 0, ie should, theoretically, play in any dvd player. I say theoretically because there are reasons some will not play because of tv standards etc.
Then, some players can be set to all regions, region 0 etc, which is often referred to "code free" or "region free". Again, this in theory will allow all discs from all regions to be played in a player that has been made "region free". The "in theory" problem part of this is RCE, or Regional Coding Enhancement.
RCE coded discs interrogate the player and ask it what region it is set to. If it replies "all regions" or "region 0" then the disc will not allow itself to be played. I believe the Toshiba players work like this.
Some players that have been made region free will tell the disc whatever it wants to hear, thus allowing the disc to be played without any problems. My Samsung 709 works like that.
RCE asks "Are you a Region 1 Player", "Are you a Region 2 player", "Are you ..." and if the player answers "Yes" more than once the disc will refuse to play and you get a nice, big world map on your screen.
That said the best way to avoid any problems is to have a modification done which normally works automatically but can also be switched manually to one specific region only, thus avoiding any hassle with RCE.
It depends very much on make and model of the player and the type of modification, some players can be hacked using some code entered via the remote, others are fully automatic and accept even RCE discs while others must be set manually.
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