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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

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.