I bought my wife a dvd collection for christmas from ebay but the dvds wont play in region 1 as its from the uk. we have a PANASONIC DVD S1 dvd player. the remote has no number buttons on it. how do i...
You can't, it's fixed unless you have some advance hardware modifications skills. Even if you could, you have a few other problems. First, Region Codes are Digital Rights Management codes (read: security features) imposed by the industry on all players and pre-recorded DVD's. This is completely aside from the other main issue that you have and that is that you live in the US and our DVD's use the NTSC analog television encoding standard for playback because that's what our TV's use (more contemporary television sets also use the ATSC digital format as well but DVD's are still NTSC). The UK uses the PAL standard which is completely different. So you would not only need a DVD player that you could change the Region Code on it, but you would also need one that you could change the Analog Standard on it AND on top of that be able to convert the PAL signal back into NTSC for your television. A 10 year old basic DVD player from a common consumer manufacturer will not have these capabilities. And that's not to rip on your equipment because I used to have the exact same player and it was a good little machine but it has serious limitations specifically because the format was so new when that player was released and to ad features like that wouldn't have put the price through the roof in 2001. And despite what anyone has told you about codes or firmware hacks, they will not work on a unit that old and changing a region code in and of itself will not make it viewable on your TV.
The type of player you need, though, is available and they don't cost that much anymore. Here's a link to Amazon for the DVD players you need.
Apr 29, 2011 |
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