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Old 18.05.2021, 09:29
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Region Free DVD or BluRay Players

Hi All,

I'm having a hell of a time finding a region free DVD or BlueRay player.

My wife for her birthday has asked for some US DVDs, and now that we're all Swissified (at least from the standpoint of our electronics) we have no way to play those DVDs.

I found the DVDs here in Switzerland easily enough, but I have failed to find a region free DVD or BluRay player. Perhaps I'm searching for the wrong terms... not sure.

Anyone have any advice on finding one? Maybe a link?

Thank you all in advance
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Re: Region Free DVD or BluRay Players

I bought a Samsung player at Interdiscount a couple of years ago. It was region-free out of the box. But nothing was mentioned on the box or in the documentation.
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Re: Region Free DVD or BluRay Players

Thanks @bowlie - how did you know you were getting a region free player? Between my inadequate German and all-over-the-place manufacturer model numbers, it's been very difficult to say what models are region free...

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I bought a Samsung player at Interdiscount a couple of years ago. It was region-free out of the box. But nothing was mentioned on the box or in the documentation.
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Old 18.05.2021, 10:35
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Re: Region Free DVD or BluRay Players

Alternatively, you can get a cheap DVD/Bluray player/writer to plug into your laptop, set it to zone 1, then rip using DVDShrink or similar to zone free. You can even burn the results - best to Bluray for the larger DVDs.
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Old 18.05.2021, 10:53
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Re: Region Free DVD or BluRay Players

I rip everything using makeMKV, it doesn't care abut the region.

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Thanks @bowlie - how did you know you were getting a region free player? Between my inadequate German and all-over-the-place manufacturer model numbers, it's been very difficult to say what models are region free...
Can't help with the German, we speak French around here. I didn't set out with the intent of getting region-free, but that's what I got.

Go into interdiscount with your phone. Use DeepL to translate "Do you sell Region-Free BluRay players" and show it to them. The answer should be pretty obvious. (and they could speak a little English as well)
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Re: Region Free DVD or BluRay Players

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Re: Region Free DVD or BluRay Players

A quick Follow-up:

Looks like this was a bit of a PEBKAC (problem exists between keyboard and chair); the Blu-Ray she wanted was available both in US and UK versions, and I didn't realize the UK version has the correct region code and works with our Swiss player.

And as much as I'd like a workaround to all these region codes and inane restrictions, just buying the Blu-Ray with the region code that works makes everything simple.

As always, I appreciate the collective wisdom of the English Forum Peeps.
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Re: Region Free DVD or BluRay Players

Buy a cheap Ps3 and play the DVD/Blu Ray on it......
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Re: Region Free DVD or BluRay Players

Physical media is dead. Convert the DVDs to digital files and play them anyway you desire via PC, mobile phone or TV
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Re: Region Free DVD or BluRay Players

I agree that the technology is condemned to die.

But. On toppreise.ch search with "region free" or "code free", you will get some devices.
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