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We are on region 2 and have a series of discs from Australia and USA which we are unable to view The discs are very expensive and I don't want to just throw them away as they were gifts We have a DVB-T VCR/DVD recorder DRVT 43 Please please help Sincere thanks Connie Ibbetson-Kennedy United Kingdom

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I can see if there is a regional hack for this model.

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Would this be just one or a few discs or all?
Without more info its hard to answer except that DVD's have region codes which dictate which discs they will play.
If things are still the same we in europe are region 2, USA region 1 etc.
I have seen DVDs ending up here from the USA that will not play, because players have only been set (by manufacturers to a single region).
Many cheap players only can only play just one because its down to licence issues, while expensive (big brand or US backed models can play up to 2 regions) clever machines are Open (all regions).
Some machines may be altered by some methods on various hacker forums on the web.
I would check those DVD's region codes on their covers or it could be a simple lens clean of your player (many cleaners for this around) or some fault with that machine (software or Firmware (software for its cpu)) update to make it play later produced discs) which would require a computer leads and some skill. Another problem exists if its laser unit gets weak then signal images get fuzzy, such that a system will "give up reading" and throw up some "message" by way of "I am unable to play this".

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The problem with Amazon DVDs purchased is the region codes each disc may contain. Since a majority of them would be from USA, and their region is 1, your player being region 4 would not support that code.

There is no fault here, it is just a restriction. Some discs work, some don't.

No one likes region restrictions - particularly on DVDs bought legally, and I doubt very much Panasonic would provide any information on unlock codes for you.

Be warned: if you do successfully find a hack to unlock your player so it becomes region-less, expect the risk of either the player failing later, or not reading any discs at all. I am sure there are 'region-free' players around now, which don't contain a restriction and can play ANY DVD any region.

On the other hand, if you have a DVD drive on your PC, and it is set to region 0 or all regions, and the discs play fine in it, but not the player, then you could view those particular discs that way; you do not need to make any copies of any of the DVDs just to watch them.

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