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John Byrne
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Posted: 05 April 2017 at 1:09pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

I ordered from Amazon a blu-ray set labelled as A/1. According to the listing, this is for North and South America and a few other places. But the disks arrived and they won't play on my blu machine.

What am I missing?

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Joseph Greathouse
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Posted: 05 April 2017 at 1:18pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Is there a message that comes up on your screen when you attempt to play the discs?

You are correct that the discs should play with no issue.  More information is needed to determine what is going on. 
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Matt Hawes
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If it's newer discs, you may need to install some update for the Blu-Ray player. I had to do that before by putting the file on a flash drive from my computer, then putting the flash drive ino the USB port on the player and going from there to update the player.
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Shaun Barry
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Gah.  That sort of thing drives me crazy, with modern technology.



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Posted: 05 April 2017 at 11:14pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

I have a really good Blu ray player that can update its firmware over the internet. It will not play recent Blu rays, even with firmware updated.

BFG, Doctor Strange, even some Clone Wars disc all fail.

I've ended up buying a 45 one as a cheap solution and that works just fine with them all. Really, really annoying.
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John Byrne
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Posted: 06 April 2017 at 11:07am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Being new to Blu this is the first I have heard about needing to "upgrade" a player. GUK!!
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Posted: 06 April 2017 at 12:20pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

Same here. A friend of mine just told me about the internet upgrades. WTF?

John, what made you decide to trade up to Blu rays?
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John Byrne
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Posted: 06 April 2017 at 12:47pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

I have not officially "switched" to Blu. Still mostly buying DVDs.
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James Woodcock
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I hate planned obsolescence. Especially as firmware can be updated over the net. Just do it for crying out loud. If a PS4 gets an upgrade, why. It by Blu Ray player?
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As an experiment I've ordered a fairly inexpensive zone-free blu player. (My DVD player is zone-free and I love it!) We'll see what that does.

It also comes with a lot of bells and whistles for which I don't expect to have much use.

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John Byrne
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The zone free player seems to have solved my problems for the nonce.
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Posted: 07 April 2017 at 10:16pm | IP Logged | 12 post reply

Damn! You got that fast!
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John Byrne
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Posted: 08 April 2017 at 3:48am | IP Logged | 13 post reply

Amazon! Stuff sometimes seems to arrive BEFORE I've ordered it!!
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One point of note: this player is supposed to handle blu-ray and DVD disks, but as I have noted before with such combos, it seems to have a problem with the formatting on the DVDs. The images are spread ever-so-slightly horizontally. Or squashed vertically.
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I have one Blu Ray from LG that I purchased in 2012 (if not mistaken) that has WiFi and an internal Hard Drive. Makes these updates much easier.
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I have a Sony that has an internal hard drive and wifi. Doesn't make a blind bit of difference
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I've only ever had a PlayStation as my Blu-ray player. Sony, the inventor of Blu-ray and the producer of the PlayStation, won this particular format war.  The PS3 made you update, although I could always play discs on it whether I did or not, and the PS4 updates automatically at night so I never have to think about it.  For me, it's never been an issue or a problem based on the player that I've chosen.  YMMV depending on the path (player) that you've you've chosen.
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My nu blu is a Sony. Brand loyalty.
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It's a shame the PS4 isn't multi region as it's a nice player. I had to pick up a multi region player too as I couldn't go back after the accesibility that DVD offered.
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Posted: 28 April 2017 at 12:37pm | IP Logged | 20 post reply

So now I get a disk that won't play on my "Region Free" player because it's Region B.

WTF??

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And a SECOND disk, different show, willonly play in "Region B".

What does "Region Free" even MEAN if it can't play all regions??

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Posted: 28 April 2017 at 4:02pm | IP Logged | 22 post reply

Maybe it can only play a locked region and region free (as in, the disc has no region specified) discs but not regions that have a code stating their regions? I have to admit, I thought Sony were especially against multi region, or region free players so was surprised when you said yours was a Sony
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Adding to the fun, email notifications from Amazon informing me that the two disks mentioned above have been "delayed" and I will be notified when they ship!!
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Posted: 30 April 2017 at 7:06am | IP Logged | 24 post reply

As far as i`m aware J.B. the `region free` only applies
to dvd`s,bluray discs have much more secure security
coding.So your region free bluray player will only play
dvd`s from outside your region.It really ought to be
made more clear by the manufacturers.
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As far as i`m aware J.B. the `region free` only applies to dvd`s,bluray discs have much more secure security coding.So your region free bluray player will only play dvd`s from outside your region.It really ought to be made more clear by the manufacturers.

Outside my region geographically? Because the reason I bought the unit was that some recently purchased blu disks gave a "cannot play this region" error message on my former machine, but on the new one they play fine.

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