I have two DVD players. One, the Zenith will not play any of my FOX DVD's. I have tried my Simpsons DVD's, Futurama DVD's and just tried the movie "That Thing You Do" and every one of these gave me the error message "This Disc is not formatted to play in this region". But yet when I try them on the Panasonic DMR-E55, the disc works fine. The Zenith is probably 3 years old and the Panasonic is maybe 2 years old. The disks are any where from 4 years old to 6 months ago
Re: DVD Player will not play 20th Century FOX disks
The Panasonic is not "region restricted". This is a security safeguard by studios to keep people from region 1 from using region 3 content. Some material is released in other countries first and later in others. This keeps other regions from using the content from other parts of the world before it is relaesed by the studio there. Your Zenith is not a region free player and the Panasonic is.
There is sometimes hacks on Videohelp.com for DVD players to be set to "region free" but not all DVD players are built with it. SONY is another non-hackable DVD player.
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This is a new one on me. Does it happen on multiple discs or just one? Is the disc from the correct regional code for your player? May be a bad player, software glitch. Emerson is very low grade, throw away brand, and you always get what you pay for. Saving money can be important, but sometimes you need to spend a bit more to get a higher quality product.
Region code 1 is for the USA. The player must be either region 1 or a multi region player to play such DVD's. Is it possible that the DVD's from Fox are from anther region placed in region one cases? It depends also where you got the DVD's from, there are a lot of counterfeit ones out there. Which to be honest will not work at all.
How old is the system? DO CDs work when you try them? Put a disk in... remembering the position it was in.. Then try to play the disk... Eject if it does not play and look to see if it has moved to a different position... If not, there is a motor problem or the laser is not sensing the disk being there.
Have you ever opened up the main box of the system? Has anyone else been inside it?
If yes, then maybe it is time to do it again to observe if there is movement of the laser pickup..
Software updates have to be done on bluray players whenever the technology in bluray discs themselve is changed. If you call the number for 20th century fox on the back of the bluray a representative there will explain to you what has changed technologically in this bluray that has caused there to be software updates for all of the bluray players. I believe LG can send you a disc so that you can update your player. Give them a call. The bluray players are all manufactured and shipped to the stores. In the meantime if an update is needed and its sitting on the shelf at the store until you buy it, even if you've just bought it an hour ago it will still need to be updated. The stores do not unbox the blu ray players and update them for you. However the Geek squad will update bluray players for customers for a fee.
Your player will need a firmaware upgrade from Sony. The disc won't play because of new anti-copying protection which 20th Century Fox have used on the disc and didn't both to tell any of the Blu-ray player manufacturers about.