Region Free DVD Unlock Code

Discussion in 'DVD TiVo Units (Archive)' started by Awalt, Feb 13, 2007.

  1. Awalt

    Awalt New Member

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    Is anyone aware of a way to unlock the Region restriction on any of the Tivo DVD burners? This is fairly simple to do on many other DVD players and I have searched google and several other forums for a way to do this with a Humax DRT unit but still no luck. I know there are ways to record the DVD as region free but I am not interested in this solution.
     
  2. Chester_Lampwick

    Chester_Lampwick Well-Known Member

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    I don't have much interest in this but here's what you should research. Many people unlock DVD drives in their PC. Perhaps there's a firmware for the DVR-108 that's region free? I have used other firmwares in my DRT-800, 1.20 for instance.....
     
  3. Mars

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    What does this let you do if you unlock the region code?
     
  4. Chester_Lampwick

    Chester_Lampwick Well-Known Member

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    Dunno. Japanese porn?

    Actually DVDs sold on other continents wont play in North American DVD players. That's why some people like to have a region-free DVD player. You'd need this if you were going to buy BBC DVDs from Britain for instance.
     
  5. TydalForce

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    There's 2 pieces to this puzzle

    One is the stupid Region Code. It prevents you from playing DVDs purchased in other regions. Just an artificial limitation imposed upon the DVD market by the paranoid movie industries.

    The other is the format of the video: NTSC vs. PAL vs SECAM. If you have a NTSC device that works in the US with US-purchased DVDs, it might not be able to output the video of a UK-purchased DVD which would be in PAL.

    On a computer, it bypasses this because of the way computer displays work compared to TVs. I have no idea if a DVD player outputting over Component would bypass this problem too (I suspect it would). So the connection from the DVD player to the TV might impact that.
     
  6. Awalt

    Awalt New Member

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    I do not even have a clue where to start regarding firmware for the DVR-108. I know that many DVD players can be made Region Free by entering a simple code using the IR Remote.
     
  7. Chester_Lampwick

    Chester_Lampwick Well-Known Member

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    Awalt,
    Basically you pull the drive from the TiVo and install it in your PC. Then you run an application that allows you to install a custom firmware on the drive that ignores the region codes. Then you re-install the drive back in the TiVo and hopefully it works. It's still possible that the TiVo will still analyze the disc for region code, not much could be done about that.

    I'd be willing to give it a try if someone was willing to send some sample discs from other regions.......

    See ya,
    Roger
     
  8. gastrof

    gastrof Hubcaps r in fashion

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    Region codes and TV format are two entirely different things.

    If a PAL disc is played in an American player and the disc is coded "zero" (no region), most American players these days will still play it. (In my experience.)

    They're very forgiving to PAL format discs. They even output the playback in NTSC so your TV can make use of the video. And we're not talking about special, high-price players. A $35 one from Target or Wal-Mart can do it.

    The problem you run into is when the disc ISN'T coded "region zero", but has an actual region code.

    Once people unlock the region coding thing on their machine (sometimes an incredibly simple thing to do, if you know the secret), it'll never again reject a disc from another region. Since it was likely already willing to play PAL discs, now it can play ALL discs in PAL format, no matter their region coding.
     
  9. TydalForce

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    yes, yes... we're on the same page... but...

    I've never heard of that... "American" players handling PAL video. I didn't think they'd be so cooperative
     
  10. Chester_Lampwick

    Chester_Lampwick Well-Known Member

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    Okay, I'm still wondering where to get some non region 1 discs? Chinatown? Could I order something from Amazon? Why is it that so many need a region-free player, I wouldn't even know where to buy discs?
     
  11. TydalForce

    TydalForce Active Member

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    Usually you'd get Region-everything-else from another country. Like if you were visiting Enland, or just hit an online retailer.

    If the DVD you're looking for is available in Region 1, you're probably better off with that just for simplicity. The problem comes up when you want something and it doesn't exist in your region... :b
     
  12. Awalt

    Awalt New Member

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    I make 10+ trips to Asia every year and they have very good deals on DVD's. Most of them are region 1 but the print is so small I inevitably end up with other regions from around the world. I would be happy to send you some for testing purposes! Send me a PM
     

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