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Can I get the unlock code because I would like to bring my SA-PT980 home theater back to America... I bought it in Asia!

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What you need to do is follow the instructions in your manual for setting your home theater to Region 1. Please be advised that every DVD and blu-ray player is designed to allow only three region code changes during the life of the device, or it is permanently disabled- this is to prevent DVD piracy.

After your home theater is set to region 1, all US DVD's will play fine, but any that you have that are from region 3 (southeast Asia) or region 5 (India, Russia) or any other region will not work anymore.

Do not trust any internet sites that promise to unlock your player or set it to "region free" because chances are very high that the attempt will fail and your player will be disabled.

Posted on Mar 28, 2011

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  • audet_christ Mar 28, 2011


    but I really would like to be region free cause I move a lot. Will consider your advice!

  • audet_christ Mar 28, 2011

    Hey Val,

    I just read the instruction book and there is not region setting option on my SC-PT 980 Panasonic home theatre. It's lock on region 3.

    Any other solution, even the bad ones??


  • Victor Albright Mar 29, 2011

    Sorry, the news is not good. Everything I have been able to find on your home theater indicates that it is marketed specifically in Asia, Australia, and New Zealand.
    I cannot find anything that even mentions the ability to change region codes as I mentioned in my first post.
    I can, however, provide you with a "work-around" that will allow you to view DVD's from other regions, provided that you have a DVD "burner" in your PC.
    Browse the web for a program called "DVD Shrink". It has the ability to copy DVD's and remove the region code to make the copy "region free" and the copy will then work on your system. The process takes some time- about 45 minutes for a DVD, but at least you will be able to use your player in America.
    You may also wish to contact Panasonic USA and find out directly from them if there is a means to set your SC-PT 980 to region 1. Don't bother to ask them about a region free setting because no player is designed in this manner and any postings you find regarding this are either "hacks" that probably will not work (I have not seen a region free player yet personally), or they are "pranks" intended to permanently disable your player. Good Luck.



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