Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




19 posts

Geek


# 159921 17-Dec-2014 11:25
Send private message

Morning all

I am sure this has been discussed before, but I can not find anything recently that covers this, so here goes.

I am looking for a Blu Ray player that meets a couple of specifications.  First is, it needs to be region free for both Blu Ray and DVD, and second (and not so important as I can work around this) is it would be good if it has a composite connection as well as HDMI as the TV I plan to connect it to does not have HDMI.

All advice gratefully received.

Cheers

Rob

Filter this topic showing only the reply marked as answer View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
Banana?
4870 posts

Uber Geek

Subscriber

  # 1198970 17-Dec-2014 11:29
Send private message

I don't know if you can get too many Region Free BD players. DVD region free is not an issue.

Have a look at Oppo - http://www.oppo.co.nz/

8207 posts

Uber Geek

Subscriber

  # 1198975 17-Dec-2014 11:35
Send private message

trig42: I don't know if you can get too many Region Free BD players. DVD region free is not an issue.

Have a look at Oppo - http://www.oppo.co.nz/


I seem to remember discussions here on region free BD players other  than Oppo..




Regards,

Old3eyes


 
 
 
 




19 posts

Geek


  # 1199007 17-Dec-2014 12:19
Send private message

Thank you both for your reply.  I will look into Oppo and keep searching through the forum to see if I can find something that is relevant.

Thanks again

Rob

1363 posts

Uber Geek

Subscriber

22591 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Subscriber

  # 1199040 17-Dec-2014 12:44
Send private message

Havent seen analog outputs on bluray players for ages, but hdmi to composite boxes are really cheap on ebay.

The cheap ones have no scaler so make the player output 480i on the hdmi. If you want to split it to 2 displays the cheap ones will take everything down to SD quality.




Richard rich.ms

6761 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  # 1199051 17-Dec-2014 12:54
Send private message

old3eyes: I seem to remember discussions here on region free BD players other  than Oppo..

There was a discussion about a Toshiba a couple of years ago, and I ended up nabbing one :)

I think the model was BDX3200KY, but it's probably not available new anymore. No idea whether it has analogue output (I'm not at home right now).

779 posts

Ultimate Geek


  # 1199061 17-Dec-2014 12:58
Send private message

I don't believe any blu-ray will let you get picture out by any other means than HDMI, DRM reasons. I do know you can get Optical Audio Out on some models.

 



 

As for region free I believe manufactures are required to do this (or at least have the option). I know my friend purchased a blu-ray from JB Hi-Fi and they organized a person to come out to her house one evening after work and set it free (special button sequence). Try talking to them.

 
 
 
 


2644 posts

Uber Geek


  # 1199067 17-Dec-2014 13:00
Send private message


19 posts

Geek


  # 1199196 17-Dec-2014 14:42
Send private message

Hi All

rb99.. that is a very promising lead.  Thanks for the link.

Everyone else, I will definitely follow up on your suggestions also.. especially the HDMI to composite box suggestion of yours richms.

Thanks again

Rob

6761 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  # 1199227 17-Dec-2014 15:11
Send private message

KrazyKid: I don't believe any blu-ray will let you get picture out by any other means than HDMI, DRM reasons.

I have one with composite output (it's not the same player that I mentioned above; I have two of them).

779 posts

Ultimate Geek


  # 1199258 17-Dec-2014 15:33
Send private message

I stand corrected. Thanks

1245 posts

Uber Geek


  # 1199282 17-Dec-2014 16:03
Send private message

Not sure if you are aware but many blu ray titles are actually region free - you just have to use a database like regionfreemovies to confirm. The exceptions are usually box sets or certain movie studios that always insist on locking to region.

We also get around this with multiple PS3 consoles of different regions A/1 and B/2 - works like a charm. as there are only 3 regions. When you travel next time bring one back. If you are lucky enough to encounter a jailbroken one, you can actually swap the regions (although not officially supported)

1956 posts

Uber Geek


  # 1199286 17-Dec-2014 16:05
Send private message

If you want to watch Blu Ray discs you really need a HD TV with HDMI input. Otherwise you'll just be watching SD.

22591 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Subscriber

  # 1199289 17-Dec-2014 16:08
Send private message

But they may have blurays they already own or be wanting to build a collection of them rather than buying obsolete DVD's that they will want to upgrade in the future.




Richard rich.ms



19 posts

Geek


  # 1199360 17-Dec-2014 17:26
Send private message

Hi All

khull: I have a very eclectic movie and tv series collection from all over the world.. and a couple of the blu rays I have so far are locked to a specific region.  And we don't have gaming machines, so that rules that out lol.

B1GGLZ: As richms said, I have a very eclectic movie and tv series collectionon DVD, and the odd one on blu ray, and am more interested in just being able to watch them rather than watching them in the latest and greatest definition :)  Once the telly I have karks it, I will worry about replacing it with something more high tech then, but for now while it is working it will do the job.

Cheers

Rob

 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
Filter this topic showing only the reply marked as answer View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic



Twitter and LinkedIn »



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Spark launches new wireless broadband "Unplan Metro"
Posted 11-Nov-2019 08:19


Malwarebytes overhauls flagship product with new UI, faster engine and lighter footprint
Posted 6-Nov-2019 11:48


CarbonClick launches into Digital Marketplaces
Posted 6-Nov-2019 11:42


Kordia offers Microsoft Azure Peering Service
Posted 6-Nov-2019 11:41


Spark 5G live on Auckland Harbour for Emirates Team New Zealand
Posted 4-Nov-2019 17:30


BNZ and Vodafone partner to boost NZ Tech for SME
Posted 31-Oct-2019 17:14


Nokia 7.2 available in New Zealand
Posted 31-Oct-2019 16:24


2talk launches Microsoft Teams Direct Routing product
Posted 29-Oct-2019 10:35


New Breast Cancer Foundation app puts power in Kiwi women's hands
Posted 25-Oct-2019 16:13


OPPO Reno2 Series lands, alongside hybrid noise-cancelling Wireless Headphones
Posted 24-Oct-2019 15:32


Waikato Data Scientists awarded $13 million from the Government
Posted 24-Oct-2019 15:27


D-Link launches Wave 2 Unified Access Points
Posted 24-Oct-2019 15:07


LG Electronics begins distributing the G8X THINQ
Posted 24-Oct-2019 10:58


Arlo unveils its first video doorbell
Posted 21-Oct-2019 08:27


New Zealand students shortlisted for James Dyson Award
Posted 21-Oct-2019 08:18



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.


Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.