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7th February 2007 2:25  #1

arthur10 Banned Join Date: February 2007 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1
DVD region code craziness and how to end it.

This Christmas I, like many others, received a DVD player, a Panasonic, real nice..5.1 surround sound and all). I immediately went to connect it to my TV, a nice HD Philips
I pressed play and lo and behold I got the eh uh of ERROR.
My wife buys me a DVD and a CD she bought during a trip to New York.  The CD plays the DVD says ERROR.
What's the difference.
One is restricted the other is not.
Because the film companies have more influence than the music industry it seems.  
George Bush once said you were either with him or the enemy in the war against evil.
The same seems to be said for the Motion Picture Association of America when it comes to the subject of piracy.
They are obsessed to the point where we cannot play the DVDs we want in the units we have paid money for.
The MPAA is to many people rightly concerned about a movie being shown on the big screens being available on the internet.
Shah!  They said the same about DVDs and Videos. It would be the death of the movie industry.
Has anyone heard of crying wolf.
We have heard it all before but now it is affecting our way of life.
How can anyone argue that a scratchy badly produced copy of film created by someone taking a camera into a movie theatre is really going to stop people from going out and watching it in its full glory in the big screen.
Its just not happening.  More people are going to the movies than ever.
Not only that the film companies are raking it in through sales of the  DVD of the film, then the limited edition of the film, the director's cut then there is the ultimate edition.
How many different ways do you need to make money out of a movie product.  
Now you can lend a paperback to friends, but e-book programs won't let you do the same with an electronic text. You can make a backup copy of a CD for your personal use, but you can't with a DVD.
The studios mandate severe restrictions on consumer-friendly features, like preventing fast-forwarding through commercials, no copying of any kind whatsoever, and making discs only playable in certain regions in the world.
So my wife, mortified at giving me a duff present, then starts to try and find the solution on the internet.  Finds a site called DVD Unlocks 4U and gets instructions for not one but two  unlocks for my DVDs at home and it works.  She showed me the site http://web.ukonline.co.uk/mwill96/dvdunlocks4u.... which is openly providing a service to help people make their DVDs muliregion which sounds bad but you can actually buy multiregion players. There are others beside them as she showed me asking crazy money for something called modding which I don't even want to think about.  Leave it to the people who say they can find the instructions for your it is just giving me a headache.  I even found that Amazon provide customers online with details of how to make their DVDs region free it is that stupid.
So why don't we end this stupidity and just make DVD players like CD players completely free or region restriction.
So I am not going to fret over youngsters with video cameras in cinemas.  I am more concerned about the cigar smoking  film company executives in their big houses and fancy cars worrying about the state of the film industry to the extent that it is infringing on my rights as a consumer.  It's all bogus. Having region free DVDs is not going to bring the studios to their knees, and we all know it.  

7th February 2007 3:58  #2

David Blackwell Senior Member Join Date: February 2004 Location: United States Posts: 2,812 Send a message via MSN to David Blackwell
Region coding exists partrly because different countries release films at different times.  I know it isn't fair and I would love to see region coding to be a thing of the past.  However, I don't think it will happen.

7th February 2007 6:59  #3

demiscy Member Join Date: April 2006 Location: Cyprus Posts: 589
find your dvd player model and make it region free!

i know I did

7th February 2007 11:32  #4

Worst Nightmare Senior Member Join Date: July 2002 Location: Australia Posts: 6,716 Send a message via AIM to Worst Nightmare Send a message via ICQ to Worst Nightmare Send a message via MSN to Worst Nightmare Send a message via Yahoo to Worst Nightmare Send a message via Google to Worst Nightmare
This looks like a spam post to me....

7th February 2007 12:46  #5

scottmck Contributor Join Date: April 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 393
Worst Nightmare wrote: This looks like a spam post to me....

Yep, looks like it.  Looks like the only way to end DVD region code craziness is to give Arthur some of your hard-earned.

If it's not spam Arthur, I'm sure you'll be pleased to know that some unlock codes are available for free on this site or via a little thing called Google Wink

7th February 2007 14:06  #6

Chris Gould Editor Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 7,171 Send a message via ICQ to Chris Gould Send a message via MSN to Chris Gould Send a message via Skype to Chris Gould
If you're going to spam the forums it's best not to register with a name that matches the personal webspace where your s**tty spam site is hosted. T**t.

8th February 2007 16:44  #7

Nic Mall Member Join Date: November 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,202 Send a message via MSN to Nic Mall
Haha the best bit was where the tit posted his c**ppy site on a DVDnerd forum! Awesome!

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