Dave, I want a DVD player that plays PAL DVDs on a regular NTSC TV. My dear brother bought me a Philips dvp642; we popped in a DVD he had bought me from amazon.de and it wouldn’t work. Somebody had mentioned a cyberhome dvd player they had gotten at Fry’s for around $50, but it doesn’t seem to exist. How can I make the present DVD player work or do I need extra parts or a different TV. Help!!
I went through just this situation with some UK DVDs I bought a few months ago, and I bought a Philips DVD player that was already advertised as mutli-region, multi-format. It’s not a great DVD player funcionality-wise, but it plays every kind of DVD and CD I have tried, which is very nice.
From sites like Popular Elect.com I get the impression that the Philips DVP642 can be made into a multi-region, multi-format DVD player, but given what you’re saying, I expect that there’s some tricky stunt or fiddling you need do to have it switch and give you access to all its capabilities.
According to the site Video Help, here’s what you need to do with your remote control to make your player region free:
- Turn on the player
- Open the tray.
- Press the following sequence on the remote: 7 8 9 OK 0
- The number 0 will appear on the lower left side of your screen.
- Your player is now region free! Put in a DVD and enjoy! 🙂
The site also adds this note: “The 0 in the sequence above represents the region code. 0 = region free. If you want to change your player to just a specific region code, replace the 0 with the region number you want. ”
Try that, see if it works. Please note that any time you mess with these sort of devices, there’s a chance things will get messed up. If that happens, cycle power or even unplug it overnight to reset it.