From: Casey Pegram (email suppressed)
Date: Mon Feb 15 2010 - 03:45:47 PST
From what I understand, the Oppo players need a hardware mod, if it's even doable.
On the other hand, the Momitsu BDP899 (and its many renamed/cloned derivatives from other companies) can be made blu-ray region-free with a remote code. Probably the most readily available 'clone' of the Momitsu at the moment is the Sherwood BDP-5004.
You enter in a code on the remote: 9735DB where D is your desired DVD region and B is your desired bluray region (where A=1, B=2, C=3). So to have region-free DVD and region B bluray playback, you would enter in 973502. Once the player is powered down, it defaults back to region A for bluray, but remembers DVD as region 0. The player also does upscaling from standard DVD to 1080p over HDMI (not sure about component) and converts PAL to NTSC.
It's true that region-free BD players are less common at the moment than region-free DVD players, but by no means are they particularly hard to obtain if you know which ones to look for. Videohelp as someone else mentioned is a good resource.
On Feb 15, 2010, at 6:19 AM, Lundgren wrote:
> Can the OPPO players be made region-free with only firmware mods?
> I thought all players on the market required hardware-mods.
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Ken Bawcom" <email suppressed>
> To: <email suppressed>
> Sent: Monday, February 15, 2010 12:57 AM
> Subject: Re: by Brakhage bluray
>> Unfortunately it seems that the "Blu-ray Disc Association" is far more aggressive about enforcing the requirement that all Blu-ray players be region encoded, so region-free Blu-ray players are rather scarce. Many manufacturers who had made region-free, or easily converted to region-free, DVD players are not doing that with their Blu-ray players. Oppo, known for reference quality players at reasonable prices, players that converted between PAL and NTSC, and could easily be made region-free, now require firmware mods, or physical mods, to be region-free. One reliable source for modified players is JVB Digital.
>> Ken B.
>> Quoting Chuck Kleinhans <email suppressed>:
>>> Blu-Ray regions are different than DVD regions. There's a fairly good discussion on Wikipedia: Blue-ray Disc.
>>> Chuck Kleinhans
>>> For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.
>> "Those who would give up essential liberty
>> to purchase a little temporary safety
>> deserve neither liberty, nor safety."
>> Benjamin Franklin 1775
>> "I know that the hypnotized never lie... Do ya?"
>> Pete Townshend 1971
>> For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.
> For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.
For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.