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Topic # 147101 9-Jun-2014 12:22
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Hi There.
Does anyone know where I could buy region 1 blu ray disc locally please ? Many Thanks.

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  Reply # 1061738 9-Jun-2014 12:23
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I'm not sure, but just to aid with your searching, it's region A (1 is for DVD).

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  Reply # 1061761 9-Jun-2014 13:25
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If you're asking because you have a region A player, there may be a way to make it region free with a programmable controller. 

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1061766 9-Jun-2014 13:33
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I doubt you'll find anywhere in NZ you can get Region A discs as they won't play on nearly all Players in NZ which is Region B. It's very difficult to modify a Player's region without changing Firmware (except a few oddball ones) unlike DVD which is easily changed.

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  Reply # 1061788 9-Jun-2014 14:35
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B1GGLZ: I doubt you'll find anywhere in NZ you can get Region A discs as they won't play on nearly all Players in NZ which is Region B. It's very difficult to modify a Player's region without changing Firmware (except a few oddball ones) unlike DVD which is easily changed.


Which in itself is odd because generally we share models with Australia, where region coding was decreed an illegal restraint of trade.

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  Reply # 1061790 9-Jun-2014 14:39
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  Reply # 1061921 9-Jun-2014 16:52
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Many Thanks for all the reply. the reason I am asking this question is because, I came across some fantastic deal on blu ray on Amazons, and wonder if my Sony BDVE280 can play it. I know my machine can play DVD from the US, but Blu ray, not so sure.

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  Reply # 1061972 9-Jun-2014 17:20
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pctong: Many Thanks for all the reply. the reason I am asking this question is because, I came across some fantastic deal on blu ray on Amazons, and wonder if my Sony BDVE280 can play it. I know my machine can play DVD from the US, but Blu ray, not so sure.

Short answer - No, it won't.
The Warehouse did have some Blu Ray Players (Veon I think) that could change Blu Ray regions with codes from the remote. Don;t know if they still have them. I believe there is also a multi region brand available somewhere in NZ but it's expensive.
Your original post indicated you wanted to buy Region A discs locally. I think you meant you want a Region A player?
And as someone else said, many Discs are now region free. Check with Amazon when purchasing. I know most from Amazon UK are region free and UK and NZ share same region. Their postage and handling charges are horrendous though. They used to be post free.

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  Reply # 1062078 9-Jun-2014 18:51
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B1GGLZ:
pctong: Many Thanks for all the reply. the reason I am asking this question is because, I came across some fantastic deal on blu ray on Amazons, and wonder if my Sony BDVE280 can play it. I know my machine can play DVD from the US, but Blu ray, not so sure.

Short answer - No, it won't.
The Warehouse did have some Blu Ray Players (Veon I think) that could change Blu Ray regions with codes from the remote. Don;t know if they still have them. I believe there is also a multi region brand available somewhere in NZ but it's expensive.
Your original post indicated you wanted to buy Region A discs locally. I think you meant you want a Region A player?
And as someone else said, many Discs are now region free. Check with Amazon when purchasing. I know most from Amazon UK are region free and UK and NZ share same region. Their postage and handling charges are horrendous though. They used to be post free.


I have the Warehouse Veon one, and can confirm that the one I got is region selectable. It actually works well and for $50 (which is what I got it for at Lyall Bay) it's an absolute steal. I also have the Toshiba BDX1200 with the Australian "KY" firmware, and can confirm it is region selectable as well.

I also understand that the Toshiba BDX3200, and the Soniq B100 (both of which used to be available locally) were as well - although I don't own, and haven't tested, them.

If you can't find these models at a retailer any more, maybe try Trademe?

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  Reply # 1062079 9-Jun-2014 18:54
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I have a 3200 and can confirm that it's region free for both DVDs and Blu-rays.

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  Reply # 1062500 10-Jun-2014 12:26
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B1GGLZ: I doubt you'll find anywhere in NZ you can get Region A discs as they won't play on nearly all Players in NZ which is Region B. It's very difficult to modify a Player's region without changing Firmware (except a few oddball ones) unlike DVD which is easily changed.


you got that slightly backwards.

with many (but not all) bdp's the difficulty is in the difficulty is in the hardware not firmware.

i also have a toshiba bdx3200ky; dvd auto region free, bd requires manual setting.

an older model, not available new.

there's one on tardme
http://www.trademe.co.nz/electronics-photography/dvd-bluray-players/bluray-players/auction-739811587.htm


it looks like it doesn't have the bd region free disc, no biggy you can find the firmware update online.

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  Reply # 1062648 10-Jun-2014 15:20
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JimmyH:

I have the Warehouse Veon one, and can confirm that the one I got is region selectable. It actually works well and for $50 (which is what I got it for at Lyall Bay) it's an absolute steal. I also have the Toshiba BDX1200 with the Australian "KY" firmware, and can confirm it is region selectable as well.

I also understand that the Toshiba BDX3200, and the Soniq B100 (both of which used to be available locally) were as well - although I don't own, and haven't tested, them.


I have the Veon VN3083.  I think that was $70 in one of the warehouse regular specials.  This model has 5.1 RCA audio out - unusual in a cheap player.  Soniq brand are identical (apart from brand labels - incl firmware home screen logo).  They were selling for quite a bit more.
For reference, the standard keycode to access the region menu on the various Veon models is to press the setup key, then 8520.  Set DVD region to 0 (region free), BD requires a change between 1 and 2 (for A & B), however my one does not switch to 3 (region C).

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  Reply # 1062760 10-Jun-2014 17:13
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Do any of these have 50/60Hz 110v-240v power? I've been hunting a Blu Ray/DVD region-free player to take with me to Canada since its impossible to get one over there. So far, I've only found Pioneer which is too expensive for my tastes. Happy to skip the Blu Ray side of things but DVD is a must so we can play the DVD's we have taken over there. 

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  Reply # 1062762 10-Jun-2014 17:18
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Elpie: Do any of these have 50/60Hz 110v-240v power?

My Toshiba BDX3200KY does. The power cord isn't interchangeable so you'll need a plug adapter.

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  Reply # 1062813 10-Jun-2014 18:51
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Behodar:
Elpie: Do any of these have 50/60Hz 110v-240v power?

My Toshiba BDX3200KY does. The power cord isn't interchangeable so you'll need a plug adapter.

 

Not sold anywhere new though? 

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