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Old 06-10-2019, 23:39   #21
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I guess so.

Thought a simple splitter cable should work just as well as a powered switcher. After all only one signal will be going through at any one time.

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Old 07-10-2019, 07:41   #22
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I might have found a solution.

The Sky Q 2TB box and 4K BD player can be connected to the soundbar's two HDMI inputs with the HDMI 'out' going into the TV's HDMI 1. I then have to use the input selector on the soundbar to choose between the two sources.

I can then connect the old 'worked on' Panasonic BD player directly to the TV's HDMI 2 and with its own speakers disabled, connect the TV to the soundbar via optical cable. In that case I have change inputs on the TV as well as soundbar to use this source. Since my Region A locked Criterion and other BDs are Dolby Digital at best, this should work?
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Old 07-10-2019, 13:23   #23
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How do we do on multiregion dvd players? Got a load of region 1s I cant play anymore as I don't see multiregion dvd players anymore and bluray players have the dvd region locked as well grrr
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Old 07-10-2019, 13:48   #24
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How do we do on multiregion dvd players? Got a load of region 1s I cant play anymore as I don't see multiregion dvd players anymore and bluray players have the dvd region locked as well grrr
In the past, there were guys who would unlock the code of DVD players for £25 or less. I recall buying a DVD Recorder in 2003 from a High Street shop and he charged me £20 to unlock it. It still works.

But these days those facilities are few and far between. I don't recall how much MRM charged me to unlock my Panasonic BD player That I bought from him in 2103 but it certainly was not the £200 that they are now asking.
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Old 07-10-2019, 13:54   #25
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Multi region DVD players are quite easily found on Amazon.
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Old 26-11-2019, 17:11   #26
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Depending on the player, some can easily be unlocked for at least multi region dvd playback with a simple remote button combination. My 2 Sony BD players were easily made multi region that way.
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Old 26-11-2019, 17:50   #27
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When we bought our first BD players, they were 'made' region-free for DVDs just for the asking but not for BDs. Shops like MRM did BDs for a price but wheres he was reasonable 12 years ago, now the cost of 'altering' 4K BD players is ridiculous - 80% above street price. The problem is 4K BD players are region locked for ALL BDs and probably for DVDs. I have hundreds of Region 1 DVDs that are neither available as BDs nor necessary - mostly 50s and 60s films. Also at least 60 Region A locked BDs, mostly Criterion. That's why I kept MRM hacked Panasonic BD player even though I am buying a new 4K one.
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Old 18-07-2020, 15:20   #28
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Anyone know where I can get a cheap multi region DVD player that isn’t naff?
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Old 18-07-2020, 17:07   #29
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Anyone know where I can get a cheap multi region DVD player that isn’t naff?
Got a cheap panasonic bluray from sainsburys instore can be made region free for DVD witha £10 remote from ebay

Panasonic Smart Blu-ray/DVD Player DMP-BD84EB-K
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Old 18-07-2020, 17:17   #30
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Anyone know where I can get a cheap multi region DVD player that isn’t naff?
They don’t really make standalone DVD players any more.

Remember when John Lewis stopped selling them a few years ago the press said it was the end of DVD being replaced by streaming.

Not true all you need is a BD or UHD player.

You can get branded BD players for £50 which play any DVD region look on the likes of Amazon or Richer Sounds. What costs more is multizoning the players for BD playback.
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my Philips dvd region free player was good player and about 12/13 years old.

Sadly went to use it last week and the belt was **** and even I fixed it the other parts of the drive looked naffed as its very old and worn

saw 2 cheap region free dvd players on amazon (they still make them but it has karaoke stuff) but rather have bluray with dvd region free
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I've got a Samsung UBD-K8500 4K UHD Blu-Ray player and was hoping that there was some way to make it region free for DVDs, so I could get rid of my Pioneer DVD player, which is region free.

I'm not fused about region free Blu-Ray and I think I'm correct that UHD Blu-Rays are region free, so no issues there.

Sadly I couldn't find a hack that worked - there were some people talking about a remote hack but I could get to work and the people having success seemed to only be in Australia.

So my options are to keep the Pioneer DVD player or buy and fit a mod kit in the Samsung (€49.00):

https://www.rattlebyte.com/Shop.php?...l&model_id=185

Not sure how easy it would be, considering you need to solder it to the circuit board.
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I've got a Samsung UBD-K8500 4K UHD Blu-Ray player and was hoping that there was some way to make it region free for DVDs, so I could get rid of my Pioneer DVD player, which is region free.
But WHY do you want to get rid of your Pionee Region-free DVD player if it is working fine? Simply add it to the system?

If you are using soundbars and are short of HDMI inputs, plug the DVD player direct to the TV. I have done that in our master bedroom because the soundbar (Sony HT ZF9) has only 2 HDMI inputs and those are used by the UHD BD Player and Sky Q box.

I made the decision to retain all 3 of my Region-free DVD Players when I recently went all-4K hardware. 2 of them were added to Home Cinema systems here and I am taking the third to our second home in India. I have a lot of Region 1 DVDs from the past which will never be released on blu-ray.
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