Question about Panasonic DMR-E50 DVD Recorder
I purchased my DMR-E50P DVD recorder in the US and am moving back to South Africa. I have an NTSC to PAL converter but now I need to unlock my recorder to be able to play Zone 2 DVDs. Any suggestions how to unlock this machine?
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Jan 05, 2014 | Televison & Video
First, in order to do what you're trying to do, you would need a device hack, a series of commands that break into the device's firmware in order to change the region code. This is possible for some players but pointless as the region code is only half the problem and if you unlocked it you would have to change the region code every time you used different Region Code DVD's and you can only do it a maximum of five times before the DVD player becomes a brick. Sites that offer region hack codes don't mention this fact or the more important issue of incompatible analog standards and it is very important to understand. It doesn't matter whether or not you hack your US DVD player's region code, it broadcasts (transmits) the NTSC analog standard to the television which displays the NTSC standard. All other countries outside of North America broadcast using the PAL analog standard and the two standards are not compatible. Non North American DVD's are recorded in the NTSC analog (look at the back of any DVD and you'll see near the bottom it will say NTSC) and Non North American DVD's are recorded in PAL. Region Codes are only security features built in by the studios to control international distribution that block media from being played, not from being displayed and have ZERO to do with the analog standard of a particular country. The media, player and the display must all have the same analog standard and your television does not support the PAL if you live in North America standard so region code changes don't solve that problem (and vice versa if you lived outside of North America). To do what you're suggesting, you would not only have to crack the region code but you would have to use a converter to change the format of your R2 discs from PAL to NTSC. Your integrated DVD player does not have this capability and few do. The only option that you would have would be to purchase a true multi region universal player that has built-in converters to convert from PAL to NTSC.
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