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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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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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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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Multi region DVD players are quite easily found on Amazon.
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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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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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