From: Ken Bawcom (email suppressed)
Date: Mon Feb 15 2010 - 16:46:29 PST
Indeed they can. Oppo does not offer the firmware, but it has been
created by Oppo fans for Oppo's new BDP-83, and probably for the
newer, and cheaper, BDP-80 as well. However, Oppo puts out regular
official firmware updates, which will undo the region-free firmware,
and the region-free firmware updates always lag behind, but do get
www.videohelp.com may well have a link to region-free firmware for the
Oppo, but I haven't checked. If you go to www.avsforum.com, go to the
Blu-ray players forum, look for the BDP-83 thread, and/or the BDP-80
thread, and check the first post, you will find the info there. It's a
very lengthy thread, but it does have a search function, so you can
also look for the latest posts about firmware updates.
www.jvbdigital.com makes hardware-modified versions of both Oppo
players, that are, and will remain, region-free, for a reasonable
price. Oppos are popular, so there are probably other companies
providing such mods as well, but JVB is very reliable.
Quoting Lundgren <email suppressed>:
> 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>.
"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>.