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I badly want a way to watch Region 2 DVDs, as it's become apparent that I missed important scenes from Broadchurch. It feels like the final straw. I need a reliable way of watching them.

Brand ideas? Tech tricks? Can you play them on your computer's DVD if you set it right? (I'd let the computer ONLY touch those DVDs, if that's the best way.)

Never mind that I'd finally be able to watch all those other DT things I haven't seen yet. ;) But Broadchurch is the one I want badly right now.

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fansquee
Sep. 29th, 2013 05:48 am (UTC)
I know you can make your DVD player a region 0 so that any DVD will play. You've got to enter a code unique to the brand and type of player though...
katherine_b
Sep. 29th, 2013 06:11 am (UTC)
Definitely this. Google your DVD player and 'region-free' and many websites will give you a step-by-step guide to making your DVD region-free. That way you can buy whatever dvds you want and never have to worry again.
tkel_paris
Sep. 30th, 2013 07:03 am (UTC)
How reliable is it? Does it alter if you tend to play more of one region than another?
katherine_b
Sep. 30th, 2013 07:06 am (UTC)
I've been using a 'region 4' dvd player for years as region 0 and it's never changed back on me, to the extent that I have no idea what region dvds I play most!
tkel_paris
Sep. 30th, 2013 07:11 am (UTC)
Cool. So it would show how to access the part to input the code? Hmm... Have to double-check what we have now. We still need a converter to record anything. (We have a dual DVD player/VCR unit 'cause we have a lot of VHS stuff that's still good.) If I can make that work... Hello watching stuff on the big screen! Then to figuring out how to make my Mac's Digital Theatre play on the TV... :D
alimoseby
Sep. 29th, 2013 06:01 am (UTC)
I am trying my best to get a region free blu ray player. I know that you can get a region 2 dvd or blu ray player and you should be able to use it to play UK DVDs, serenityslady has one and she says it works for her. I'm not entirely sure how though as all the research I've done online tells me that US DVDs, and players use NTSF format, while UK and other Region 2 DVDs, and players use PAL format. US TVs can't read PAL format signals so my guess is you can't use a UK player with a US TV. Some Region free DVD/blu ray players come with a converter switch that will convert PAL format to NTSF so the TV can read the signal. They're expensive though which is why I haven't been able to get one.

If you watched Broadchurch on BBC America then there was probably some missed stuff. BBC America is good at that. >_> I watched it on Dailymotion, when a user uploaded the episodes as they aired in the UK. That user has since deleted them though. Videobull has all eight episodes still. You just have to put up with a lot of ads.

bas_math_girl told me about the Media Hint Chrome extension that allows BBC iPlayer to work on US computers. I got to watch the last five series 7 episodes of Doctor Who and all of Big School on BBC iPlayer. I have yet to try it on ITV Player.

One more thing, I don't know if you use a Mac or PC, but my MacBook has an option to switch it from Region 1 to any other Region. You can do this five times before the option os locked. I haven't switched it yet, but I"m tempted to make my Mac a Region 2 palyer only.

Well. This was long winded and all, but I hope it helped. =)

tkel_paris
Sep. 30th, 2013 07:07 am (UTC)
How do you access that Mac option? I have a newer OS, but an older Macbook. At least I think it's a Macbook. Bought it six years ago from the student computer store at my undergrad uni, with a student discount.

I mostly use my Linux laptop, cause it's more portable and - according to my tech-smart dad - safer. I am looking at a desktop unit with a big monitor - perfect for watching movies and such. Now if I can make a Windows emulator work well enough, I can find out if Digital Theatre will work via that. :)
alimoseby
Oct. 1st, 2013 06:42 am (UTC)
From what I understand, you just insert a DVD and it gives you an option to change the Region code of the DVD player if it's not your default region. I haven't tried it as I haven't gotten any UK DVDs yet. =( Hubby won't let me at the moment.
aearwen2
Sep. 29th, 2013 06:13 am (UTC)
I bought a region-free Blu-ray/DVD player on Amazon for around $100. I've not regretted it.

If you change the region on your computer, realize that (if you're working on a PC, at any rate) you can only do it so many times before you can't anymore. That's why I decided to spring for the region-free player.
tkel_paris
Sep. 30th, 2013 07:08 am (UTC)
Would that also affect using CDs to install programs? Or upload music to a player?
dtstrainers
Sep. 29th, 2013 08:13 am (UTC)
My Mac plays Region 2 and Region 1 DVDs and has always done so, without me doing anything to it. Just pop those babies in and watch all the DT goodness! I just bought a $30 adapter to attach it to my TV and sit back and enjoy. I actually found this out by accident- I'd purchased a DW Scene It game from eBay UK and was gonna buy an all region player but, on a whim, popped it into my computer and all but wept with joy.
tkel_paris
Sep. 29th, 2013 02:11 pm (UTC)
My Mac is seven years old, although the hard drive has been replaced. Do you think that would be a factor against me?
noteissignedlc
Sep. 29th, 2013 05:58 pm (UTC)
I received a region-free DVD player one year for Christmas. Best present ever. I know my old HP was region-free but as the hard drive imploded yesterday I haven't had a chance to check out the replacement yet. I definitely suggest getting one because it is worth it if you are a fan of British TV/movies/actors.
tkel_paris
Sep. 30th, 2013 07:08 am (UTC)
What's the brand?
noteissignedlc
Oct. 2nd, 2013 08:34 pm (UTC)
Sorry I didn't see this before! I have a Sony that is very similar to the SR-320. They run generally around $50 on Amazon. :-)
eloriekam
Oct. 4th, 2013 11:35 pm (UTC)
FWIW, I successfully played a region 4 dvd (which sometimes are also playable in region 2, I've heard) using VLC media player (admittedly a rather old version) on Win XP. VLC is supposed to ignore regions. The WinXP machine is still set to DVD region 1. The Mac I use doesn't like DVDs, so I can't vouch for what happens with a DVD in a Mac being played on VLC, but it might work for you if none of the other excellent ideas work, or in addition to those.
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