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Question for the technically-minded

If a DVD player as a sticker on it that says "NTSC/PAL", does that mean it can play multiple regions?
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It's probably what they mean, but you need to read the fine print. Region encoding and signal format are two separate things.

What model is it, and where are you looking at it? I think I still have most of the websites bookmarked from doing the research before buying mine. (Which is a Sampo 611, with the world's easiest region hack. You burn a file with one line of text onto a CD-ROM and stick it in the machine.)
It says it's a "Philips Magnavox DVD 825 DVD Player". It's actually my Dad's... but I never noticed the sticker before, and now I'm wondering what it means. And I'm pretty much ignorant when it comes to this stuff ;)
Okay, I looked it up (check out this page for the raw technobabble *g*). Looks like it has a hidden-menu region hack, which means you can turn off the region coding by hitting the right buttons. (Most of the ways for making machines region free are meant to be used in the factory, so they can manufacture them all in one facility and then set them for whatever market they're going to.)

One of the comments about 3/4 of the way down the page (posted by Jim Bliss on June 24 2001) has the instructions for setting it region free. It may also require updating the firmware, depending on when your dad bought the machine. (This isn't as hard as the technobabble might make it seem.)

The good news is, it's not one of the ones where the hack involves opening the case and attacking something with a screwdriver. :-)

The bad news, though, is that it looks like it *doesn't* have an internal PAL/NTSC converter. So you can set the machine to read non-Region 1 discs, but the output signal will still be in PAL format. You would need either a separate converter, or a TV that can display either format. (Your best bet for the latter is still probably getting a friend with a military ID to take you shopping at the BX. We bought one when I was a kid because Dad got stationed in England, and it was the mid-70s, when people still bought TVs assuming they'd have them for a LONG time.)

An NTSC TV will usually show *some* kind of picture from a PAL signal, but it varies from just being black & white, to being black & white, rolling, and bleeding an annoying static sound over into the audio, to having normal audio and nothing but roll for video.

The things vidding drives us to learn...
*chuckle* That would be why I ended up getting the Sampo. I actually quite like taking things apart and fiddling with them, but not if they're brand-new and I want to use them later!

But I'm grateful for the people who do just that, because it's where all the useful information comes from. :-)

If you are in the market for a region free machine at any point, I absolutely recommend the Sampo 611. It's a decent player on its own, the region hack couldn't be any easier, it has its own built in converter (so it will read my Region 2 PAL discs, but I can set it to send an NTSC signal to my TV), and I think it's under $100 these days. I got it for $120 about a year and a half ago on Buy.com. (The other great thing about it for vidding is that you can zoom on it and the little graphic that says "zoom" goes away after a couple seconds. So you can get faux fullscreen from a DVD that only has a letterboxed aspect, and not have to worry about mixed sources.)

The cable at our old apartment was frequently crap, so, being a hopelessly obsessive vidder, it really was a necessity. Especially for "Settling", for which the ENTIRE first verse is clips from ItLoD, which happens to have run on one of the worst picture quality nights. :-(
not really sure ,but if the sticker is on it there must be something in the manual that explains it ,you can always try google search ,someone must have try to hack it at some point