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  Reply # 162425 5-Sep-2008 11:27
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clevedon:
Jaxson: How do you get on with the region code thing with Bluray from Amazon? -Are you picking region 2 discs from there as most seem to be R1.


Go to linesinc.net. Tells you what region all Bluray discs are - confirmed.


Slight typo there by Clevedon, the correct address is bluray.liesinc.net/, they are all tested with Region B players and are known to work.  Amazon's region coding values are all wrong.



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  Reply # 162432 5-Sep-2008 11:39
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Amazon's region coding values are all wrong.


Bloody Hell.

That would be a trifle irritating....




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  Reply # 162496 5-Sep-2008 15:15
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turb:
Amazon's region coding values are all wrong.


Bloody Hell.

That would be a trifle irritating....


Just the region coding for Blu-Rays, not DVD.  Blu ray regions are Region A, B and C.  NZ and UK is region B and US is region A.

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  Reply # 163622 10-Sep-2008 21:22
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I was pretty much ejected from Sony Style last week when I went in to buy a TV and blu ray player, and was also semi-interested in a new 7.1 receiver to go with them. The salesman was all over me with smiles as I picked out the TV and player, but before I plunked down the cash I asked whether they could supply a North American zones player, as I order pretty much all my discs from Amazon. Apparently wanting to buy legit discs fron Amazon makes me a "pirate" - although if I was really pirating content I would likely not care about regions as it probably has all that stripped off. The economy can't be that bad if they can aford to turn someone about to plunk down quite a bit of cash on their product like that.

Does anyone know whether any retailer in this country will supply a N America zoned blu ray player so that I can land duscs from the US with confidence they will play? It is not a big issue for me if I can't play NZ product, but not being able to land from the US is pretty much a deal breaker that is holding back my system upgrade. Alternatively, if I land a player from offshore, will it work on the NZ voltages or would it need to be modified?

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  Reply # 163745 11-Sep-2008 11:46
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JimmyH: I was pretty much ejected from Sony Style last week when I went in to buy a TV and blu ray player, and was also semi-interested in a new 7.1 receiver to go with them. The salesman was all over me with smiles as I picked out the TV and player, but before I plunked down the cash I asked whether they could supply a North American zones player, as I order pretty much all my discs from Amazon. Apparently wanting to buy legit discs fron Amazon makes me a "pirate" - although if I was really pirating content I would likely not care about regions as it probably has all that stripped off. The economy can't be that bad if they can aford to turn someone about to plunk down quite a bit of cash on their product like that.

Does anyone know whether any retailer in this country will supply a N America zoned blu ray player so that I can land duscs from the US with confidence they will play? It is not a big issue for me if I can't play NZ product, but not being able to land from the US is pretty much a deal breaker that is holding back my system upgrade. Alternatively, if I land a player from offshore, will it work on the NZ voltages or would it need to be modified?


I would say that it is impossible to buy a zone A player through normal channels in NZ.  Your only option would be to import one from the US or buy a second hand one from ebay.  I know of someone who is using a Zone A PS3 here and I assume he would need some sort of adapter for the plug and difference in voltage.

I bought a Region B player because I will be renting quite a few blu-rays from my video store and I buy region free movies from Amazon.  I will wait for region locked blu-rays to come down to acceptable prices before I buy them in NZ.  I would pay up to $35 here, any more and I will wait for the price to come down.

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  Reply # 163747 11-Sep-2008 11:57
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Yeah good luck with buying one over here through official channels.  It's a good point that not all discs are region encoded but it is an available feature that may take off in the future.  We are being punished by higher prices for the same disc just encoded with a different region stamp and that is sht, no other way to put it.  DVD's did this but quickly most players could be adjusted to remove this, which got around the problem.  Fact is we want to play a disc we paid for and this has nothing to do with piracy.  These measures are labelled under piracy but are more a measure to ensure the suppliers can price fix in different regions of the world.

Any improvement on $450 for a preloved bluray player, or any leads on a cheaper PS3 anyone?

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