I understand that a hack is either an alteration in the service menu to 'enable' extra functions switched off depending in which region you live in, or an added IC loaded with software to enable those functions not normally present. So here is the question, and remember manufacturers are 'supposed' to be supporting the multi region thing, where do the hacking companies like Techtronics get the relevant software from to do these hacks???? Surely the manufacturers don't divulge the info, as they may as well have done it in the first place and sold a multi region player! Isn't there an agreement of some sort to prevent manufacturers doing it? This goes for all players as hacks are available for them all. Either we are being taken for a ride or there is a magical way of getting the software required for each player, which would mean any of us could programme an IC ourselves with any home pc and fit it DIY. Someone is making good money. Or am I just thick?