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How to Make DVD Players Multi-region and Play Any Region DVDs

Region code is used to stop users from playing DVDs from other geographical regions. To make your DVD player region free or multi-region, you can hack it. Most DVD players are hackable, including Toshiba DVD players that are famous for inability to unlock. It's easy to hack region codes of DVD players from Sony, Samsung, Panasonic, Philips etc. But some of them require extra steps, such as a firmware update for playing any region DVD without changing region code on DVD players, or burning a CD image to a disk. There are tons of DVD player models and the hacking process varies. Use the following steps if you want to make your DVD player region free.

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Part 1. Guide to Hacking DVD Players and Region Unlock Codes

Making your DVD player region-free can be a complex process and may void your warranty. It's important to proceed with caution and understand the potential risks before DVD player region free hacks. Below we will share you the methods to unlock a regions codes of DVD player from Panasonic, Sony, Samsung, etc.

How to make Samsung DVD Player region free?

Step 1. Open and close the DVD tray without disk.

Step 2. When the info "No Disc" message pops up, press 29334 (region 1). Note that the region unlock codes for Samsung DVD players from different regions are different. For example, the code for Samsung DVD player bought in Australia won't work for players from Canada.

Step 3. Press 9 to make the Samsung DVD player multi-region.

List of Samsung DVD player unlocking codes for different regions:

  • Region 1: 29334
  • Region 2: 57538 (or 38767)
  • Region 3: 56732
  • Region 4: 76884
  • Region 5: 53814
  • Region 6: 24462

How to make Panasonic DVD Player region free

Method 1:

Step 1. Turn on the Panasonic DVD player (without a disk in it).

Step 2. Use the remote control for your player, input the sequence 1234567890.

Step 3. The Panasonic DVD player will be region free after resetting.

Following these simple instructions, you have effectively liberated your Panasonic DVD player, providing you with the flexibility to enjoy DVDs from any region without any inconvenience.

Method 2:

Here is a way that may hack region code of Panasonic Blu-ray DVD players, such as Panasonic DP-UB820, DP-UB150 and Panasonic DMP-BD84. When you play a disc from the wrong region it will normally show a screen that says something along the lines of 'can't play disc due to mismatched region'. When it does this press STOP on the remote, then TOP MENU, and it should take you to the menu despite being the wrong region.

  1. Insert a disc from a different region.
  2. The player will display a message saying 'can't play disc due to mismatched region'.
  3. Quickly press STOP on the remote control.
  4. Immediately after pressing STOP, press TOP MENU.

This might bypass the region code on Panasonic DVD players and allow you to access the disc's menu, enabling playback.

Method 3:

Similarily, to unlock DVD region of Panasonic Blu-ray DVD player like my UB820, also try to:

  1. Insert a disc from a different region.
  2. If it takes you to a screen that says that it’s region locked, press Stop once and then press Top Menu twice.
  3. If you see a mostly black screen with "Ultra HD" or a similar message, press TOP MENU twice.

How to make Sony DVD Player region free

Unlocking your Sony DVD Player to become region-free is a straightforward process that ensures you can enjoy your favorite DVDs without encountering pesky region restrictions. Follow these simple steps to liberate your Sony DVD Player from regional limitations.

Step 1. Power the Sony DVD player off. Make sure there's no disc in the player.

Step 2. Type in 12345 on the DVD remote control.

Step 3. As soon as the No Disc message appears, press 12345 again.

Step 4. Now the Sony DVD player should be region free, and you won't receive error message "Playing of This Disc Prohibited by Area Limits" or the likes.

Unlocking Your Toshiba DVD Player for Region-Free Playback

Step 1. Begin by opening the disc tray of your Toshiba DVD player.

Step 2. Using your remote control, input the code 2403960.

Step 3. Press the ENTER button on your remote to confirm the code.

Step 4. Turn off your Toshiba DVD player.

With these simple steps, your Toshiba DVD player is now successfully hacked to be region-free, granting you the freedom to enjoy DVDs from any region without restrictions.

How to make Philips DVD Player region free

Step 1. Make sure there's no disc in the tray.

Step 2. Press HOME on the Philips DVD player remote control.

Step 3. Type in 1389310. Now the Philips DVD player is region free and will allow you play DVDs from all regions.

How to make LG DVD Player region free

Step 1. Create a folder Violet0000 and a subfolder Rubicon in it. Download the MontBlanc.txt and save it in the subfolder as a .dvd file.

Step 2. Put the folder to a CDR burner software, insert the CDR into the LG DVD player.

Step 3. As soon as a black menu screen shows up, select 0 for the LG DVD player multi-region.

Different models have different methods for unlocking the DVD player region code. VideoHelp forum offers detailed and updated ways to hack the regions of DVD players from Sony, Panasonic, Philips, LG, Samsung, Sylvania, Magnavox, and more.

How to make your laptop DVD player region free

Step 1. Locate a region-free patched firmware to replace the current firmware in your DVD-ROM drive. You can get the latest region free firmwares and tools here.

Step 2. If you can find a region-free firmware for your DVD drive, apply it.

Step 3. After applying the region-free firmware, you can download the CDDVDInfo program to check if your DVD-ROM drive is already region free or not.

Step 4. Let Windows re-install your DVD-ROM drive. Click on the "Start" button -> "Settings" -> "Control Panel" -> "System" -> "Device Manager" -> "CDROM" -> delete/remove the item associated with your DVD-ROM drive. Restart your computer (Windows will now automatically re-detect your DVD-ROM drive - you may need your Windows setup files/CD).

Step 5. Re-install your software DVD player.


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Part 2. How to Make DVDs Region Free for All DVD Players

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It requires 3 easy steps only to bypass region codes with this region unlocker. You don't need to seek the region code hacks for a specific DVD player model on various forums. There is no complicated process at all.

  1. Insert the DVD into the disc drive of your computer and launch the DVD ripper. Click the "DVD Disc" button and the DVD ripper will automatically detect the region-locked DVD.
  2. It will then start to analyze and remove the region codes as well as other copy protections like Sony ArccOS, UOPs, CSS, Disney X Project, etc. Once finished, it will pop up an output window to let you select an output format.
  3. After you choose the output format, edit and adjust the ripping settings if necessary. Then click the big Run button. Several minutes later, it will generate a region-free MP4 video or other file based on your choice. You can then play the region-free video on any DVD player freely.
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Part 3. FAQ

1. What are the ways to make a DVD player region free?

If the above methods to unlock a specific DVD player's region doesn't work for you, below are all the methods you can try to make a DVD player region free:

  • Use a Remote Control Code: Some DVD players can be made region-free by entering a special code on the remote control. The code varies depending on the make and model of the player, and can often be found online by searching for your DVD player model number and the phrase "region-free code".
  • Install a Firmware Hack: Some DVD players can be made region-free by installing a firmware hack. This method involves downloading custom firmware and burning it onto a CD, then inserting the CD into the DVD player to install the new firmware. However, this method can be risky and may void your warranty.
  • Use a Region-Free DVD Player: You can also purchase a region-free DVD player that is designed to play DVDs from any region without any modifications. These players can be a bit more expensive than standard DVD players, but they offer the convenience of being able to play any DVD without any additional steps.

2. How to make a DVD player region free using a Remote Control code?

Making a DVD player region-free generally involves inputting a specific code into the player using the remote control. The process can vary depending on the brand and model of the player.

  1. Look for the code that corresponds to your specific DVD player brand and model. You can find these codes online, but be sure to only use codes from trusted sources.
  2. Turn on your DVD player and make sure there is no disc inside.
  3. Using your remote control, press the buttons corresponding to the code for your player. The exact buttons you need to press will vary depending on the code, but you may need to press "Menu," "Setup," "Preferences," or similar buttons.
  4. Once you've entered the code, the player should indicate that it has successfully changed regions. If not, try entering the code again.
  5. Test the player by inserting a DVD from a different region than the one it was originally designed for. If the DVD players, you've successfully unlocked the DVD player's region.

3. How to unlock a DVD player's region using a firmware hack?

Below are the general steps to unlock a DVD player's region. Keep in mind that unlocking your DVD player region may not work for all discs and could potentially damage your player.

  1. Determine if your DVD player region is hackable. Not all DVD players can be hacked to become region-free. Look up your DVD player's model number online to see if there are any available hacks.
  2. There are several websites that offer DVD player region hacks. Search for the model of your DVD player and look for a region-free hack.
  3. Once you've downloaded the hack, burn it onto a CD or DVD using a computer with a disc burner.
  4. Insert the disc into your DVD player. Make sure there are no other discs in the player and power it on.
  5. The hack will typically display instructions on the screen. Follow them carefully to complete the hack.
  6. Once the hack is complete, test the player by inserting a DVD from a different region.

4. What are the best region-free DVD player in 2023?

Below are a few region-free DVD players from Sony, Panasonic, LG, etc. There are many other region-free DVD players available on the market that you might want to consider. See 2023 best region-free DVD players here.

  • Sony BDP-S6700: This Sony multiple-region DVD player can play both Blu-ray and DVD discs from any region. It also has built-in Wi-Fi and can stream content from popular services like Netflix and Hulu.
  • Panasonic DVD-S700EP-K: This is Panasonic region-free DVD player is simple, affordable, and can play discs from any region. It has HDMI output and can upscale DVD content to 1080p.
  • LG BP175: This LG region-free DVD player is another affordable option that supports region-free playback of both DVD and Blu-ray discs. It also has USB playback and can play media from a connected USB drive.
  • Pioneer DV-3052V-K: This is a region-free DVD player with HDMI output and USB playback. It also supports multiple audio and video formats and has a sleek design.

Disclaimer: Digiarty Software does not advocate ripping commercial DVDs for any illegal purpose. You're suggested to refer to the DVD copyright laws in your country before doing so.


author - Donna Peng

Donna Peng

Donna Peng's fascination with multimedia began at an early age - shortly after she licked the physical disc and then she's been obsessed ever since. Her decade-long career at Digiarty after the graduation has seen her unmatched expertise in the field of DVD, digital video, software and anything related to home theatre. She is currently fascinated with photography.

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