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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

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!