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Old Apr 5th 2009, 6:57 pm
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we are going to move to america soon and we would like to know whether our UK DVD's will work on american DVD players/TV's
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Old Apr 5th 2009, 7:05 pm
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we are going to move to america soon and we would like to know whether our UK DVD's will work on american DVD players/TV's
If you use the search function there are lots of threads about this which will give you all sorts of info, but in summary:

- yes, bring them
- "Region-free" players are available albeit a little more expensive
- Cheaper players can be very easily "hacked" to play discs from UK/elsewhere - instructions are on the web, Google is your friend
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we are going to move to america soon and we would like to know whether our UK DVD's will work on american DVD players/TV's
Yes, with a bit IF

If you can get a region free DVD player or you can buy a model that is easily hackable (search DVD region free hacks on google to get an idea).
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The above are true but as i was pushed for space I converted mine to WMV files and play them on my laptop.
Works well for me as my wife loves watching soaps so I can still enjoy a movie and not get it in the ear for going to another room.
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I purchased a portable DVD player with multi region and NTSC/PAL output prior to leaving the UK. Shinco I think. It dealt with the kids on the plane and also worked so far on every TV i've tried in the US. Plus you can plug a USB drive into it and I converted a heap of DVD's to WMV's prior to leaving the UK as well. I think it will only handle up to 80 GB if I recall so I got a cheap one on Amazon as well as the DVD player.

That said so far I've only come across 1 DVD player that wouldn't play any of my Australian/UK dvd's. I'm in the process of getting a real big one in the next couple of weeks so I'll let you know what I find (haven't even looked yet).

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This subject comes up every now and then.

When someone asked the question a couple of years back they were pointed to this link:

http://www.codefreedvd.com/

I bought one and it works great.*

The only issue is that we lost the remote a few weeks back so have to actually get up and press the play button when we want to watch a DVD.



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The only issue is that we lost the remote a few weeks back so have to actually get up and press the play button when we want to watch a DVD.
If you have a cable box you may find you can program the remote to your DVD player. You just need to find the manufacturer code for it which is fairly easy, just search google for the manufacturer and dvd remote code.
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Old Apr 6th 2009, 3:17 pm
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or you buy a cheapo generic $30 player like I did and get lucky

It plays all regions
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I'd recommend a Philips player with Divx ability - dead easy to hack and can play back Brit TV which you can download.
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I'd recommend a Philips player with Divx ability - dead easy to hack and can play back Brit TV which you can download.
Indeed. I'm about to pop out to WalMart to pick up a Philips Progressive Scan DVD Player w/ 1080i Upconversion, DVP3962/37 for $42.

There's a hack here and if it doesn't work with the two region 2 DVDs I chucked in our luggage, I'll have time to return it before the rest arrive.
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I'd recommend a Philips player with Divx ability - dead easy to hack and can play back Brit TV which you can download.
I believe you need to be fairly careful with getting the well known DVD players brands... A lot of them have stopped allowing them to be hacked simply because it reduces revenue between the different regions.

It's like the VCR format being different between the US and Europe except it's based on the financial bottom line rather than just different technology.
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I believe you need to be fairly careful with getting the well known DVD players brands... A lot of them have stopped allowing them to be hacked simply because it reduces revenue between the different regions.

yup, Our other player/recorder (Samsung), has had the software hack removed
Its Region 1 only, and even then it can be really fussy on what it will play
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We bought a cheap Phillips one and it was easy to hack - but then we bought a $30 Sony one on Saturday and can't find a code for it at all
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Indeed. I'm about to pop out to WalMart to pick up a Philips Progressive Scan DVD Player w/ 1080i Upconversion, DVP3962/37 for $42.

There's a hack here and if it doesn't work with the two region 2 DVDs I chucked in our luggage, I'll have time to return it before the rest arrive.
Well, I can confirm that this one works, at least. Bought, installed and hacked - all in minutes. Tested it with MIB II (Region 2).

One thing - don't get the $30-odd HDMI cable displayed next to it. I just got one off ebay for under $4.
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Indeed. I'm about to pop out to WalMart to pick up a Philips Progressive Scan DVD Player w/ 1080i Upconversion, DVP3962/37 for $42.

There's a hack here and if it doesn't work with the two region 2 DVDs I chucked in our luggage, I'll have time to return it before the rest arrive.
Thanks a million for this up-to-date info (and not just the usual 'search this site' answer!).

I just got one from Walmart for $39. They had about 10 of them left so easy to get - no to need to order it. It's very compact and easy to set up - it comes with standard leads that work fine. It has HDMI connectivety if that is what you are after.

Your 'hack link' wasn't done properly. This Hack off VideoHelp works a treat.

I can now play UK DVD's on it. Perfect!

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