Region Free DVD Player - With Built In PAL to NTSC Converters

All DVD Players shipped in the USA must be set to Region 1. It is not legal for the manufacturer to provide information or any other means of changing the region code to allow the playback of DVD's from other regions. It is however, quite legal for you to own a Region Free DVD player as it is legal for you modify it to become a Region Free DVD Player. This also applies to manufacturers in other countries such as the UK where DVD players have to be supplied preset to Region 2.

Motion picture studios want to control the home release of movies in different countries because theater releases are not simultaneous. A movie may come out on DVD or Video in the USA when it's just hitting the cinema screens in Europe. Therefore they have required that the DVD standard include codes that can be used to prevent playback of certain discs in certain geographical regions. Each player is given a code for the region in which it is sold. The player will refuse to play discs that are not coded for the same region as the player's region. In the case of the USA, all players are set to Region 1. In the UK and Europe, DVD Players are set to Region 2.

Region Free DVD Players

Although all DVD players shipped in the USA have to be set to Region 1, a lot of these players have 'secret' codes that can be entered via the remote control to either change the region code or make them totally Region Free thus enabling the playback of any disc from any region.

However, although it is possible to change the region code, there is still the problem of the NTSC and PAL video formats. All DVD's sold in the USA would be formatted in NTSC and either be Region 1 or Region 0. Regional codes are entirely optional for the maker of a disc. Discs without codes will play on any player in any country but as the player will only output the video format of the disc, that disc may not be viewable on the television. For example, in the USA, the video format is NTSC and most televisions are NTSC only. If you were to try and play a PAL DVD from Europe on your newly programmed Region Free DVD player, it would also output a PAL video signal which the television could not show as NTSC and PAL are totally incompatible with each other.

So, what is the solution to this problem. It is obvious from the above that you would need some form of PAL to NTSC video format conversion in order to play back PAL format DVD discs on a standard USA NTSC television.

PAL to NTSC Format Conversion

There are a number of DVD players available in the USA that have built in PAL to NTSC video converters which would overcome the above format problem. Unfortunately, because of legal requirements that the manufacturers have to adhere to, these players are not advertised as having built in conversion facilities.

On the following pages you can find reviews of DVD players and Recorders that I have researched that have built in video converters. Should you decide to purchase one of these players or indeed already have one, you should be aware that the player will come to you preset to Region 1 as per the legal requirements mentioned above.

On each review page, we also give details on how to unlock that particular player using the 'secret' pre programmed codes.

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  • Coby DVD-207 | Region Free DVD Player
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  • Coby DVD298 Region Free DVD Player
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  • OPPO OPDV971H | Region Free DVD Player
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  • Philips DVP5960 Multi Region DVD Player
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  • Philips DVP5982 Region Free DVD Player
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  • Philips DVP5990 Region Free DVD Player
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