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I have had a Panasonic dvd DMR-XW440 for few years. I just

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I have had a Panasonic dvd DMR-XW440 for few years. I just purchased some dvd movies online from USA. Of course they are Region 1. How can I play them on my DVD player. I understand Region codes are involved and this locking can be unlocked. Is this true?
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keith
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Recorders and Players
Expert:  Nathan replied 11 months ago.

Hi, I'm Nathan.
Sorry to hear that you're having trouble with this but I'll do my best to help you.

Expert:  Nathan replied 11 months ago.

Honestly, there isn't anything you can do in this case. The problem here is that the player is designed for and locked to a specific region while you're attempting to play a disc from another region. These region codes were set up by the movie studios to help prevent piracy, and there is no easy way around them. While you may see some “hacks” online, they are not applicable to all models, as most do not have the ability to be overridden by a software adjustment, including yours. For some standalone players it is possible, for recorders and theater system type players, they are virtually never able to be region free.

This region coding protocol is physically built into the hardware (chips on the control board) of the player, and changing it would require physical modifications to the player (swapping out chips) that would void the warranty and often permanently damage the player.

Your best options are to re-purchase the discs you want to play in your country with the proper region code, or buy a purpose made region-free player that does not have this hardware restriction.

I'm sorry there isn't a more optimistic answer here, it's simply a design limitation of the player.

Best regards, ***** ***** for the answer,

Nathan

Expert:  Nathan replied 11 months ago.

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