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In reply to an earlier post on 11 Mar 2012 11:35:21 GMT
Cartimand says:
Richer Sounds are currently selling the Toshiba BDX1200 MR (multi-region) for £59.99. Looks like the best budget solution.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Mar 2012 16:20:22 GMT
Bob Drake says:
I ordered a US model 1200 and a CD and got the CD first only to learn from the paperwork that output is 50Hz and incompatible with US TVs after the AU firmware is applied. Therefore I will return the 1200. Wish someone had made that clear in these postings.

Posted on 12 Mar 2012 15:40:07 GMT
C. Gould says:
By God, don't pay for the BDX1200 region free firmware! It's freely available to download on the web - the people on eBay must be making a killing selling free software to people!

The BDX1200 was £40 a while ago. Not the best build quality, but it's okay and the cheapest region free option. Mine make 'squeaking' noises during disc playback for the first couple of months, but it's settled down now. One thing it has going for it is its ability to handle problematic discs. My copy of The Running Man has a slight defect that trips up my other players, but the BDX1200 skips right over it with only minimal video break-up.

Posted on 12 Mar 2012 15:46:50 GMT
I just got the LG-BD 640... it looks pretty cheap but works amazingly well.. got it at for €279

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Mar 2012 05:12:43 GMT
G. Robinson says:
Cambridge Audio have a multi region multi format one which includes SACD for audiophiles. We're still trying to install it, no easy task.

Posted on 16 Jun 2012 20:30:28 BDT
Cartimand says:
Be wary though about entering multi-region hacks posted on the Internet. I unfortunately bricked my LG HB405SU by trying one of these codes and it will not play any BD now. Even the factory reset option wouldn't recover it. Richer Sounds' engineer charges £40 to unlock bricked systems. I was amazed how easy it is to scramble a Blu-ray player's firmware so, better be safe than sorry and don't press ANY number keys on the remote when the disc drawer is open!

Posted on 17 Jun 2012 12:45:24 BDT
R Duma says:
If any body wants to buy a multi region blue ray player you cant go wrong by going to. a very good web site & company. bought a multi region blue ray/dvd player two years ago from them. They mostly deal with panasonic products,but have a good selection of other makes. Hope this helps any one out there looking.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jun 2012 22:53:27 BDT
Bourne1886 says:
I also bought a multi region BD player from Multiregionmagic. I paid for mine before 2.30pm and they delivered it the next day.
Now I can watch region A Blu-Ray Discs and R1 dvd's.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jun 2012 06:11:31 BDT
Scott K says:
Hey B. Morris. Thanks for the info about the Toshiba BDX1200KY.

You said, "sells for between $115.00 to $159.00 The manual provides instructions for multi region playback options eg after entering nos 8520 on the remote control it becomes multi-region 0 (zero) with further options to set BD region as well. A cd is also enclosed for firmware upgrade also."

Just confirming BD region can also be changed? Is that a temporary change each time you play a different region BD, or can you simply unlock it to play anything??

BTW, Bing Lee has them online for $99.

Thanks for the tip.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jun 2012 06:51:30 BDT
dodgy dave says:
Region of DVD can be changed from 0 - 6 (Region 0 will play most automatically) but BD region is A B or C - has to be selected to the region the disc you are playing ie no region zero equivalent.

Posted on 18 Jun 2012 07:31:19 BDT
Scott K says:
Good point. Thanks, dodgy dave.

Posted on 25 Feb 2013 12:39:23 GMT
schubert66 says:
Does anyone have a solution for Twentieth Century Fox Blu-ray discs that cannot be played on the Cambridge 650? Titles such as TREE OF LIFE (U.S. disc but not region coded), RAGING BULL (U.S. disc but not region coded), THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY (Canadian disc but not region-coded), THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (Australian disc), WEST SIDE STORY (Australian disc), HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY (UK disc) have not only refused to play in my Cambridge machine but also freeze up the mechanism sometimes requiring the machine to be unplugged (in my case turning off that circuit of the domestic installation). These discs will play happily in the Soniq BD100 and an inexpensive Pioneer BD Region B machine. A message about firmware upgrades might flash by when the disc is attempting to load the upgrades offered on the official Cambridge site haven't been successful so far.

Posted on 25 Feb 2013 19:24:37 GMT
C. Gould says:
If the discs aren't locked to region A then it's a firmware/transport problem. Not much to be done until/unless CA release an update.

Posted on 25 Feb 2013 19:33:08 GMT
Early on I had the trouble on all devices, computer drive included with several discs including Fox & Disney, Sometimes the menu and nothing else. In the end it left two Fox films from USA, The Robe & South Pacific. Finally I got another copy of South Pacific when I fell over a release coming for UK and it worked OK. The Robe doesn't appear to have been released in a Non-USA region to date. The only problem now is Region codes, a stupid idea that means nothing as they are different overall to DVD region areas, but I have a local machine for that and now their 3-D version.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Feb 2013 22:44:26 GMT
schubert66 says:
thanks indeed for your quick reply. I guess it really is some firmware thing that Cambridge can't overcome on this model which gave trouble in the beginning with appalling pixillation of the UK version of THE LEOPARD so that the machine had to be sent back for some adjustments. A friend bought the same model a few months later and has had no problems with any of these Fox discs. My three $100 machines sail through these troublesome discs but these players aren't connected to my main big screen because of the lack of available inputs.
Thanks again.

Posted on 28 Feb 2013 00:19:21 GMT
Last edited by the author on 28 Feb 2013 00:24:44 GMT
Ufc Fan says:
Toshiba Blu-ray Disc Player BDX2100 - Blu-ray disc player - Upscaling

I have this player and it's Multi Region for both DVD's & blu-rays. Once i applied the firmware :-D This day and age, all DVD/blu-ray players should be Multi Region. The things they do to stop the customer getting products cheaper elsewhere!!

Posted on 28 Feb 2013 01:10:41 GMT
Bb hooper says:
i know its kind of leftfield but does anyone know if kubricks paths of glory on blu ray available in the states is multi regional, many thanks

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Feb 2013 13:22:31 GMT
Ufc Fan says:
Not Region Free from what i know.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Feb 2013 13:34:46 GMT
Norbie says:
The Criterion Collection released PATHS OF GLORY in the US, and it was locked to Region A. All Criterion Blu-rays are locked to Region A.

My experience; I live in Australia, Region B, and I had to purchase a multi-region Blu-ray player in order to enjoy PATHS OF GLORY and other Criterion Blu-rays.

Posted on 3 Mar 2013 17:43:45 GMT
Q Quarters says:
Many of the Criterion discs will play on Panasonic region B players by pressing Stop, Top Menu on the remote control when the region A screen appears.
My BD 30 player still functions and i have been able to play some region A locked discs from Fox, Dark Sky, Alliance and Echo Bridge via the remote control.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Mar 2013 20:15:39 GMT
I. Fossen says:
I bought an ASUS player from Scandinavian webshop CDON. Straight from the shelf, it can play all regions of dvd and BLU-ray. Simply punch in 0-9 on the remote control when in the setup menu. . I had read about this, but did not believe it. My brother bought one first, and when I tried it on the criterion edition of Blow Out it worked like a charm. So I bought one myself. Have had no problems what so ever. DVD region and Blu ray region can be set separately. So you can have for instance Region A and Region 2 at the same time. Also comes with internet radio which I don't use. The visual quality to my eyes is very good. It is supposed to be a kind of low-rent Oppo player, but I have no way of confirming this. Cost about 1500 NOK (less than 200 pounds). Maybe not high end stuff, but more than happy with it. To my mind it is the difference in disk mastering which is greatest. Quite fast start up, but that is a given these days. Upscales most DVDs without problems, and I did not have to pay someone to modify it, which is big plus. But in truth, when so many download and stream, legally and illegally, region coding should be obsolete, if you ask me. I still buy cds SACDs. We have never accepted region coding on sound discs, why should we put up with it on video? Anyways, that doesn't bother me one jot anymore.

Posted on 8 Jul 2013 00:46:10 BDT
Jay Rock says:
Does anyone know how to code a panasonic blu-ray player model no. DMP-BD75 toplay region A,B and C please?

Posted on 8 Jul 2013 01:13:11 BDT
Interesting question. I use Panasonic for my TV and Blu Ray player/recorder with HDD 500gb drive. Someone quoted either in these discussions or elsewhere that one presses stop when it starts and it works. Well, I tried that with the door closed(how could you do it otherwise) but no go. I have a local Australian blu ray(Kogan) ans their 3-D one that I have not opened yet(n 3-D TV as yet). This is DVD all zones and the Blu Rays that are no Region 2 or Free Zone use a code thru the remote and the door must be open. That works fine.

Today(July 8), I have read a local blog on matters Blu ray, Gaming etc(The DVD Guy) and he talked about Sony wanting a lot of new layers of protection for Blu Rays in the new 4k format. Such having to go on line a verify before using a disc, individual codes for each part of the disc content and not just one overall code per disc making it harder to rip. Also governing the length of the leads from the blu ray machine to the TV!!!!!!
What a lot of nonsense. Buying that quality on a disc would not make too many people want to rip in the first place. Read:

Studios are eager to push 4K video as the next evolution of home video, now that the 3D hype has largely died down, and Blu-ray has become more or less mainstream. But behind the main intent of trying to squeeze more money out of consumers lies an equally important intent to introduce new layers of copy protection to the masses. So at the Anti-Piracy and Content Protection Summit in Los Angeles last week, Sony Pictures CTO Spencer Stephens took the opportunity to outline some of the DRM measures he wants to see in 4K's future, a Dystopian vision of home "entertainment" if there ever was one.

Online authentication before each playback, digital watermarked content that includes trackable personally identifiable data of the purchaser/purchase device, a new version of HDCP that limits the length of cables between the player and the display, and unique title-by-title protection that reduces the chance of a single hack or flaw making all content vulnerable in one go.

You'd think Sony would have learned something from the whole PS4 DRM victory, but I suspect what Sony's consumer electronics people think about DRM, and what their studio/content people think about it, are very different things.

Posted on 8 Jul 2013 22:35:08 BDT
W. K. Jones says:
And if your TV/player isn't connected to the net?

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jul 2013 23:00:35 BDT
Bob Drake says:
RED, purveyor of the 35mm film replacement digital RED EPIC camera (used by Peter Jackson for The Hobbit, and for Pacific Rim, among many others) is marketing the REDRAY 4K player (, a network based 4K 2D-3D playback system with resolution up to 4096 × 2160 pixels, 2D or 3D.

"REDRAY® is the first 4K Cinema Player to bring ultra high-definition content to your home, business or local theater using internet file based distribution. Capable of playing 4K, 3D or HD media, REDRAY utilizes a 1TB internal drive to store all of your content. Advanced networking and low data rates let you distribute content via FTP transfer or solid-state media. REDRAY makes playback of 4K content as simple as HD - but at 4 times the image quality."

So Sony many not be the only 4K show in town.
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