The world of DVD players and DVDs is divided into 6 regions around the world. US and Canada make up the Region 1, thus all the DVD players and DVDs sold in the US are marked Region 1. These DVD players will only play DVDs that are labeled Region 1 or Region ALL (compatible with all regions). Similarly, countries in Europe are part of the Region 2, thus DVDs from these countries are marked Region 2 thus, they can't be played on US region 1 DVD players and vice versa. The chart below shows rest of the regions around the world.
Prior to the division of world into different DVD regions, PAL/NTSC/SECAM video standards were already in place. Therefore, these video standards are still in affect among the DVD players around the world. US and Canada belong to the NTSC standard and Europe is predominantly PAL. Most of the DVD players will only play NTSC DVDs on NTSC TV and PAL DVDs on PAL TV. There are few DVD players with built-in video converter which will allow you to play PAL DVDs on any (NTSC/PAL) TV. Chart below shows the video standard division around the globe.
Now that we have covered different Regions and Video standard, are we done? No, not quite, not until we talk a bit about different voltage around the world. Like any other electrical product, DVD players also come in different voltage around the world. US and Canada is 110V and Europe is 220V. Often, DVD players do come in dual voltage (100V~240V) for worldwide use, of coure they would have to meet the above two requriements of being Region Free and PAL/NTSC compatibility.
Are you looking for a low end Region Free, PAL/NTSC compatible DVD Player?
Samsung DVD-E360 is one of our top seller and most reliable low end model. This product is modified to play all regions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 0 DVDs. It also has a built-in PAL/NTSC converter which allows it to play PAL and NTSC DVDs on any TV. Also, this model is dual voltage (110V-220V) for worldwide use.
Looking for a better quality brand name multi-region dvd player model?
Pioneer DV-320-K is our next recommendation. In addition to the above features of the Orei and Pioneer model, DV-320-VK also plays DivX videos and has USB input.
Looking for HDMI code free DVD player to obtain the best quality on your HDTV?
Pioneer DV-420V-K is our recommended HDMI ready code free DVD player with Divx Playback. This model will also play all region, PAL/NTSC DVDs on American TV and up-converts them up to 1080p resolution with HDMI cable.
Looking for Blu Ray Region free DVD player to obtain the best quality on your HDTV?
LG BD630 region free blu-ray player is our recommended entry level player with Blu-ray Region A, B, C playback. This model will also play all region, PAL/NTSC DVDs on American TV and up-converts them up to 1080p resolution with HDMI cable.
What about the Sony models that you carry, are they region free and PAL/NTSC compatible also?
Yes, the Sony models we carry are region free, meaning they will play all region DVDs: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. They also have a built-in PAL/NTSC converter, thus you will be able to play PAL discs on NTSC TV or vice versa. These models will play NTSC or PAL disc on any TV including NTSC TV or PAL TV.
Are your region free modifications guaranteed to be lifetime?
Yes, our region free modifications are guaranteed to be lifetime.
Do the region code free DVD players come with warranty?
Yes, all of the dvd player models we carry do come with 30 days store warranty and 1 year manufacturer's warranty.
Are the DVD players sold in the major retail stores region code free?
No, the major stores such as Wal-Mart, Circuit City, Best Buy, etc... only carry Region 1 DVD players ini the US.
What is RCE and will your region free DVD players play RCE DVDs?
RCE (Regional Code Enhancing) is a new system developed by the MPAA which prevents consumers with region free DVD players from watching Region 1 DVDs. Our region free DVD Players will allow you to play RCE DVDs.
Do you also carry Blu-Ray Region Free players?
Yes, we do carry all major brand Blu-ray region free players. Please call us at 847-983-4761 for more information.
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