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# 21896 10-May-2008 11:16
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I am looking at a PHILIPS DVD Recorder DVDR3460 .  The data for it says it can be only used with region 4 and region O DVD's.

Can it be made multi zone/region?  If so how can this be done?  I need to be able to play some region 2 and/or region 1 DVD's that are not available as region 4 or region 0 DVD's.

I have done a search for info about making this unit multi zone but so far have been unsuccessful in finding out the info I need

Please correct me of my understanding of how region 0 works if my description is wrong. 

My understanding is that a DVD that is region 0 will play in any player that allows region 0, but just because a player allows you to play region 0 it does not mean that you can play all other regions DVD's. In other words just beacuse a player can play region 0 it is not necessarily a multi zone player

Thanks for any help you can provide.

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  # 129841 10-May-2008 12:18
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They all will say region 4 in the specifications, but if you actually try a region 1 disc, it will probarbly work.

They are stuck between a rock and a hard place. DVD consortium say no region free, aussie competition watchdog say no regioning.

So they cant advertise that they are region free to avoid pissing off the licenseing body. Asian manufacturers dont pay licenses anyway so dont care.

Buy it, if its not going to play your region 1 discs, return it as being useless to you.


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  # 129968 10-May-2008 22:35
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I purchased a Philips DVD player about 18 months ago. The instructions to multizone it were inside the box on a piece of photocopied A4 paper, obviously put in by Philips NZ when they arrive in the country.


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  # 130015 11-May-2008 13:46
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funny that, my Phillips DVDR3365 plays a Zone 1 DVD no problems.

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  # 132217 20-May-2008 22:35
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Purchased a Panasonic DMR- EHR67 which was region 4 only. I read somewhere that NEXT will multizone it for free which I did. All good. Suppose it's obsolete now with Blu Ray


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  # 133124 25-May-2008 15:54
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Likewise - I purchased a Panasonic DMR57 from Harvey Normans, only to find that it wouldn't play my UK disks.  After much pfaffing around on this site and others trying to find the code to multi-region it, and then discover that I didn't have the 'special character' remote to do it; I called Panasonic customer services in Auckland.  They told me that they'd pick up the tab for any authorised service centre to make the machine multi-region, and were as good as their word when we took the machine to NEXT.

However - NEXT were utterly useless.  They wouldn't believe that panasonic would pick up the bill ($55), so we had to get a fax to prove it.  Then they needed 3 days to do a 5 min job.  Then they 'lost' our machine - we'd delivered it to them, and arranged to pick it up; decided to deliver it back to Harvey Normans in Tory St.  We got it back, and it is multiregioned.  So alls well that ends well...

Anyway, for the Philips, I suggest you call them and if they give you the same procedure use LV Martin's service centre instead of NEXT!!

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  # 133188 25-May-2008 21:09
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Ended up buying the DVDR3460 from Richard Smiths.  They gave me some instructions that they downloaded of the net on how to make it multi region.  Followed their instructions using the remote and the on screen instructions.  So far so good, it has played the region 1 DVD's we have.

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