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Old 01-16-2018, 12:00 AM   #1
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Default Sony BDPS-55500 Anyone had any success making DVD region free?

If so please share. I know to make this unit region free for blu-rays requires modding but one US company that charges for this service also sells region locked units with DVD region free as standard which leads me to believe that it's simply a universal remote code. They only charge $40 for the blu-ray modding..... but postage expensive
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If so please share. I know to make this unit region free for blu-rays requires modding but one US company that charges for this service also sells region locked units with DVD region free as standard which leads me to believe that it's simply a universal remote code. They only charge $40 for the blu-ray modding..... but postage expensive

if you are after region free for Blu - then most players require a remote control process to change .. but the major brand players usually require a modification chip/part :

Check out Gattiweb

http://www.gattiweb.com/bluraymod.html

note that there is a mod kit - otherwise you could send your player to them to get it done - however consider the cost of one that is already done !

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Old 01-16-2018, 04:40 AM   #3
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if you are after region free for Blu - then most players require a remote control process to change .. but the major brand players usually require a modification chip/part :

Check out Gattiweb

http://www.gattiweb.com/bluraymod.html

note that there is a mod kit - otherwise you could send your player to them to get it done - however consider the cost of one that is already done !
Thanks, have seen their region free players on eBay. Have been buying BDP-S5500 players under $100 including postage from Sony Seconds. Bought 3 for my mum & sister, & have 2 in my house, so 5 in total I want to try & make region free for dvd. I have Toshiba BDX3200KY players for all region blu & DVD play & first model Samsung 4k player which is also region locked for DVD.

Have seen Sony codes for unlocking DVD just not sure if will work for this model. Will just buy an AllForOne remote & try. Will post whether successful or not
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Old 01-16-2018, 06:24 AM   #4
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Why dont you buy the Laser BD3000 $99 from most major retailers and its region free BD and DVD

Is there something special about the Sony BDPS-55500 ?
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Old 01-16-2018, 06:26 AM   #5
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Sony used to make literally all their BD players region-free for DVDs, what gives? My HTITB system is region-locked but I figured that's because it was a demo/floor stock one that I got for about half the retail price...
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Why dont you buy the Laser BD3000 $99 from most major retailers and its region free BD and DVD

Is there something special about the Sony BDPS-55500 ?
A little wary of cheap brand electricals. I had a few Lennox set top boxes once & all gave you an electric shock, ok tingles. I threw them out & bought Strong brand which were more expensive.

I like the Sony player for small profile, 3D, built in wi-fi, dedicated Netflix button that implies ongoing support, & current youtube app. My older BDP-S580 & BDP-S590 have only a few apps left after firmware updates, no longer supported by youtube or Netflix.
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Old 01-16-2018, 07:19 AM   #7
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Sony used to make literally all their BD players region-free for DVDs, what gives? My HTITB system is region-locked but I figured that's because it was a demo/floor stock one that I got for about half the retail price...
What gives indeed, was not impressed when I couldn't play oseas DVDs considering the previous 2 models BDP-S580 & BDP-S590 were both multi-region for DVD.
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Old 01-16-2018, 07:27 AM   #8
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The Laser players are actually the exact same hardware as Sony, made in the same factory if I'm not mistaken. I haven't heard anything other than positive reviews of that particular brand, so its probably not a bad investment for the price. I'm actively considering getting one solely for region-A compatibility.
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Sony used to make literally all their BD players region-free for DVDs, what gives? My HTITB system is region-locked but I figured that's because it was a demo/floor stock one that I got for about half the retail price...
The Government cracked down on the companies modifying their players to be region free for DVDs sometime ago.

It may have had something to do with 'free trade agreements' as well as the big studios trying to force people to buy inferior local product.
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The Laser players are actually the exact same hardware as Sony, made in the same factory if I'm not mistaken. I haven't heard anything other than positive reviews of that particular brand, so its probably not a bad investment for the price. I'm actively considering getting one solely for region-A compatibility.
Don't think is the same hardware as looks like doesn't support 3D, SACD & isn't wireless for streaming. I'd prefer buying a US model & using an Aussie power lead. Has external power supply with player supporting 110-240V
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Another thumbs up for the Laser BD3000. I've used a few different name brand players and this is my favourite of them all. No quirks at all with this one. It also plays video files via USB without any issues. I've had Sony players that refuse to play certain audio codecs but this has no problems playing everything I throw at it. I believe it uses a Sony laser but not sure about the rest of it.
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Another thumbs up for the Laser BD3000. I've used a few different name brand players and this is my favourite of them all. No quirks at all with this one. It also plays video files via USB without any issues. I've had Sony players that refuse to play certain audio codecs but this has no problems playing everything I throw at it. I believe it uses a Sony laser but not sure about the rest of it.
Random off chance, anyone know if/where I can get this delivered to US? Researched on and off - JBHIFI, Amazon Au, Laser itself, two different eBay sellers - and so far, no luck. Thanks, all, for info in this thread regardless.
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Old 08-26-2018, 11:26 PM   #13
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The Laser players are actually the exact same hardware as Sony, made in the same factory if I'm not mistaken. I haven't heard anything other than positive reviews of that particular brand, so its probably not a bad investment for the price. I'm actively considering getting one solely for region-A compatibility.
If you get one that works, they're great, but their workmanship is really hit and miss. I've returned three units in the past which either didn't work out of the box, or had a laser (either the DVD or Blu one) die within a week.
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The Video Help site has a searchable database of hacks for players, but there doesn't seem to be any software DVD hack for that player - https://www.videohelp.com/dvdhacks/sony-bdp-s5500/12535
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