Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Player Multiregion Hacks' started by L00py^, Nov 4, 2004.
Why do all manufacturers not just make all DVD players multi-region to start with
Back in the day, when you purchased a DVD player, it was only Region 2. They have now brought out multi-region DVD players because it's new technology. You pay more for a multi-region than for a Region 2 DVD player, but you have the option for the added expense.
They have regions so that they can release DVD's over in the US without fear that we will all troop off to the US buy all the new releases!! Copy them and make illegal money!
DVD players are built in with this safeguard to stop people doing this. Those of us who go to cdwow or play can purchase DVD's from the US before they are released, but have opted for the expense. Those of us who dont, just buy region 2's or use hacks!
Multiregion DVD players are not manufactured as such, they are just "standard" region encoded machines, that were modified to remove or to allow you to change the regional coding.
Nor do you don`t "pay more" for multiregion "new technology"! Quite the opposite, DVD is now quite an old technology, and you can usually buy a modified machine for less then your local comet or currys sells the exact same (unmoddified) machine
Region coding was introduced simply to prevent export sales of discs from America/Canada to other countrys. The idea was that if you bought the latest movie from canada, or the USA (which had not yet ben released here at your local flicks), your player wouldn`t play it!
However, the first DVD players were actually region 1 machines, UK/Europe didn`t "officially" get DVD players until 1998, despite the fact you could import one from the states in `97. So it didn`t quite work out, as we simply imported region 1 machines to watch the movies on until Panasonic, Sony, ect launched in 1998 here!
As time has moved on, the big players behind movies now realise they can make more money by releasing DVDs at the same time worldwide, which is why films are now available to buy so much sooner on DVD then they were, say 3 years ago. 6 years ago, you could buy a film on region 1 that wasn`t even released at the cinema here - Mimic is a typical example!.
Because it's illegal for a DVD player to leave the factory as multiregion. They must all be locked to the region they are intended for.
Most multiregion DVD players become so by the dealer etc updating the firmware of the player before posting it out to the buyer. Or as in my case getting into the service menus and changing the region code from there. Very few DVD players these days need a hardware mod (ie chiping) or a dedicated remote with preprogrammed codes.
This could all change once the HD DVD formats get going, and we could end up being locked into out regions again
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