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Be patient.  I have to walk through this step by step so I understand it.  The tech wizards out there should feel free to jump in with suggestions or comments at any time.  Okay.  *takes deep breath*

  1. I live in the U.S., which is DVD Region 1.  My DVD player only plays Region 1 discs.
  2. I'm told by  crazybutsound that I can tweak my DVD player and get it to play DVDs from other regions (I'm mainly interested in being able to play Region 2 (Europe, Japan) discs of movies and some British television shows that never aired in the U.S.).
  3. Based on a little research I did this morning, it turns out that Jem's idea won't work for me because ...
  4. The world is divided into the NTSC, PAL, and SECAM video systems.
  5. All U.S. video is based on the NTSC system.  Televisions sold in the U.S. are NTSC-compatible.  Multi-system TVs which can view both NTSC and PAL DVDs, while common in Europe and other parts of the world, aren't easily found in the U.S.
  6. Region 2 DVDs are sometimes NTSC-pressed (Japan), and sometimes PAL-pressed (like the Polish DVD that just arrived yesterday from  maggie33).  *hugs Maggie* 
  7. To be able to play a PAL-pressed DVD on a U.S. (not multi-system) TV set, you need a DVD player that can do a PAL-to-NTSC conversion.
  8. My DVD player isn't capable of this, which is why Jem's suggestion won't help me play Maggie's movie.
  9. If anyone's still with me at this point, I think what all this means is that I need to buy a second DVD player that's Code Free (all DVD Regions can be read) and has a PAL-to-NTSC converter.
  10. I'll be visiting the local electronics stores on Saturday (unless I have to spend the day at the office again).
  11. msdaccxx, I think I've just answered my own question about that Rufus ticket.  :-(

Comments

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looneyluna
Aug. 16th, 2005 11:39 am (UTC)
Alright, so when I run the world... I will decree that all DVD players play all DVDs. Sounds good? I wish I could offer help, but I've got the same DVD problem you have.
aswanargent
Aug. 16th, 2005 11:52 am (UTC)
Well, it just helped to put this all down in writing. There's no point in fiddling with my current DVD player to make it code free (and in the process probably voiding the warranty) only to find that there are still DVDs I wouldn't be able to play. At least now I'll know what to look for. Btw, there's a DVD store in L.A. called Cinephile, which imports a lot of non-Region 1 DVDs. The last time I was in the store I saw a section of DVDs that said: "Warning: To view these DVDs your television must be PAL-compatible. If you don't know what that means, it isn't." *g*
fanfromfla
Aug. 16th, 2005 11:52 am (UTC)
Do you have a DVD player in your computer? If you do, it will play any region, any format. The encoding is for TVs, but not computers. I have DVDs from Asia and the UK and Australia in various formats, and they will play in the DVD in the computer.

Also, if you have a DVD player/burner in your computer there is computer software available that can strip all that encoding off and re-create it in another format. Or you could send your discs to someone (like me) who has such equipment and ask them to help you!

aswanargent
Aug. 16th, 2005 12:03 pm (UTC)
I'm embarrassed to admit it, but I still don't have a computer of my own. I just use the one at work (like now) or go to the library if I want to go online on the weekend.

Question for you, though. What about the portable DVD players? Will those play everything?
fanfromfla
Aug. 16th, 2005 12:16 pm (UTC)
Good question... I think those are more closely related to TVs than computers, despite their size.

I did a quick search, and I think the answer is yes, there are portable machines available that *can* play everying. In fact, there's a Web site called Region Free DVD Players. It might be a good starting point for research on the machines:

http://www.regionfreedvdplayers.com/

fanfromfla
Aug. 16th, 2005 12:20 pm (UTC)
PS.. I goofed. That site isn't *all* portable devices. Just some. But still helpful, I hope! :)
aswanargent
Aug. 16th, 2005 12:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks! If I get a chance this weekend I'm going to stop in at my local Best Buy to at least see what's available. I know that Cinephile (the DVD store) has a small stock of code-free, PAL-to-NTSC-converter-equipped players, but I'd like to look for a manufacturer I recognise first.
crazybutsound
Aug. 16th, 2005 01:32 pm (UTC)
Right, well, that's complicated. I still want to see whether you'll maybe be able to read the ones I'll send you. I don't know about NTSC and PAL when you're copying a DVD on a computer so that'll be a surprise. I'll send them as soon as I'm completely back from the country (I'm only back tonight for a meeting with a shrink tomorrow, then back to the country).
aswanargent
Aug. 16th, 2005 02:18 pm (UTC)
No rush, but I will be curious to see if my DVD player will be able to read them.

So, are you guys having fun? I'm doing a close reading (with dictionary) of part 3 of "Le Sauveur" now ... filling in the details, as it were. I'm not having any trouble understanding the broad strokes of the story, which pleases me no end.

Hope your meeting goes well tomorrow.

I'll be glad when everyone's back to a regular schedule again. With so many people on holiday (even if it's just going down to the country for a few days), my flist is starting to look like just a string of icon community posts. :-(
rosybug
Aug. 16th, 2005 02:20 pm (UTC)
Gosh, Karen, that's a pity. It sounds really confusing to me. i have yet to try out the theory of multizoning one's DVD player myself, but I'll have to buy a TV first. That's on the list for September!

Don't despair though - there must be a way.
aswanargent
Aug. 16th, 2005 02:29 pm (UTC)
Oh, I think the simplest solution will just be to buy another DVD player now that I understand what I need. As far as multizoning your DVD player goes, you'll probably be okay. It sounds as though multi-system TVs are fairly common everywhere except America; that's the part that would have be the deal breaker for me.
rosybug
Aug. 16th, 2005 02:31 pm (UTC)
Well, I guess that might be the way to go. You do still want to get a home PC though, don't you? *nudge nudge*
aswanargent
Aug. 16th, 2005 02:48 pm (UTC)
I think I'll write a letter to Santa Claus this year:

Dear Santa,

Please bring me cash for Christmas. A few stacks of nice crisp $100 bills would be easy to fit in your sleigh, and you can just tuck them in my stocking along with an orange and a chocolate bar. Then I can buy that laptop computer, and make the trip to France instead of having to defer them both in favour of several thousand dollars worth of dental work.

I promise I've been a good Swan this year. There'll be milk and cookies waiting on the table for you, and my cat is friendly.

Hugs and kisses --

K.


So, Rosy, does that answer your question?
rosybug
Aug. 16th, 2005 02:54 pm (UTC)
You are a good Swan. I can vouch for you if you need a reference. But you've shown me the solution to a lot of my problems! *runs off to write up own list to Santa*
aswanargent
Aug. 16th, 2005 03:03 pm (UTC)
If only it were that easy!
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