I need to buy a PAL compatible DVD player....

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    Dec 27, 2008 6:23 PM GMT
    A german friend sent me a DVD for Christmas but it is in PAL format and my Samsung player wont read it....region error it says. So I guess I should get a player that can read North American and European formats. Any suggestions or advice?
  • Menergy_1

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    Dec 27, 2008 6:32 PM GMT
    I suggest checking out Oppo DVD players at :

    http://www.oppodigital.com/dv980h/default.asp

    for great pricing (this model is $169!), with PAL/NTSC universal format capability, upconverting for high resolution TVs, etc. etc. Really, they are excellent machines, great audio too for CD's, but for your purpose, most importantly they handle PAL format DVDs. (see the "product comparison" link within the site on the right side of the window and look over the capabilities -- lots of technical jargon, but maybe you can find a translator friend, Caslon.

    Good luck --
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    Dec 27, 2008 6:39 PM GMT
    AbFab1 saidI suggest checking out Oppo DVD players at :

    http://www.oppodigital.com/dv980h/default.asp

    for great pricing (this model is $169!), with PAL/NTSC universal format capability, upconverting for high resolution TVs, etc. etc. Really, they are excellent machines, great audio too for CD's, but for your purpose, most importantly they handle PAL format DVDs. (see the "product comparison" link within the site on the right side of the window and look over the capabilities -- lots of technical jargon, but maybe you can find a translator friend, Caslon.

    Good luck --


    Thank you .....i will check it out ... icon_biggrin.gif
  • puttputt

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    Dec 27, 2008 6:40 PM GMT
    Go to Best Buy and ask for the cheapest DVD player they have. I've found that the cheaper they are, the more likely the are to be regionless. I have Australian DVDs and my $25 DVD player reads them just fine.
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    Dec 27, 2008 8:37 PM GMT
    Rather than buy a DVD player to accommodate this one disc, perhaps there are conversion services, that could burn you an NTSC Region 1 DVD of it.
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    Dec 27, 2008 9:05 PM GMT
    just rip it onto your computer using a dvd ripper that will remove css and watch it that way, saves you buying a new DVD player.
  • Menergy_1

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    Dec 27, 2008 9:11 PM GMT
    yeah, I hadn't thought of the copying onto your computer hard drive using a ripping software (like Mac the Ripper which I use) -- then I suppose you could convert it to NTSC format and burn a new DVD copy of the imported one.

    But overall, in case the copying won't work (bad sectors, copyright protections, whatever) I'd still say go for a universal DVD/multformat player so as not to have to worry (much) about whatever medium Caslon wants to use. Besides, getting a newer machine with all the latest bells and whistles is always fun!


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    Dec 27, 2008 9:15 PM GMT
    A region error doesn't really sound like a PAL problem. It sounds like a regional limitation on your DVD player, eg Australian DVD players only play region 4 and won't play American DVDs. However, they will play NTSC DVDs, they're just black and white.

    There are a few ways to get around the region problem, search for "region code" and your DVD player's model and there are often ways that you can make your DVD player region-free just by typing codes into your remote control.

    And like Vlas says, the cheapest DVD players tend to be region free as opposed to the more expensive brands like Sony that have a vested interested in limiting which regions DVDs can be played in.

  • esputniko

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    Dec 27, 2008 9:28 PM GMT
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    Dec 27, 2008 9:32 PM GMT
    Caslon8000 saidA german friend sent me a DVD for Christmas but it is in PAL format and my Samsung player wont read it....region error it says. So I guess I should get a player that can read North American and European formats. Any suggestions or advice?


    Philips might do it. They are EU based.
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    Dec 27, 2008 9:38 PM GMT
    You can watch it on your computer with VLC player.
  • GoodPup

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    Dec 27, 2008 9:46 PM GMT
    I've been getting most of my stuff lately from overstock.com or finding the best deal I can on ebay - but never use the "buy it now" feature or you are paying normal price.
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    Dec 27, 2008 9:54 PM GMT
    'Region' is simply a code put on a disc to discourage the DVD from being played on 'lower end' players in countries where it is not meant to be sold.
    What you need is a player that will be regionless (if the disc is encoded) and also one that will also upconvert PAL to an NTSC signal since even though a PAL player may work with the DVD, your TV may not. Some of the newer flat screen HD TV's will accept a PAL input.
    The PAL format is different than NTSC (North Ameraica) in resolution, aspect ratio and frame rate.
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    Dec 27, 2008 10:05 PM GMT
    Two solutions:

    1 - If you have two disk drives on your computer, reset the region code to Region 2 on one of the drives. This is not recommended if there is only one drive because a maximum of five changes are permitted before a permanent lock is placed by Windows and the hardware manufacturer. Change it back and two of the 'get out of jail free cards' have been used.

    2 - Do a Google search for region-free or code free DVD players. They are not much more expensive than run of the mill players. Find yourself in a real cosmopolitan city like NYC or LA and there is a slim possibility that a machine can be found in specialty stores. If you live in a backwater metropolis as I do, give thanks for the internet.

    An attempt to use the VLC player was thwarted by Windows refusing to recognize the Region 2 DVD.

    Good luck! German Star Treks were bought at a time when there was a better dollar/euro conversion rate and the packages actually cost less than the domestic versions. There are five language tracks and nine subtitle tracks on these sets. They are great for nuturing language skills.