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Playing DVDs from USA in other countries

winchester711 28 10 November 28, 2015 at 12:54 PM
I'd like to ship a few region 1 DVDs I bought at Target and Best Buy here in the US to a friend in another country. How do I make sure my friend can actually watch them? DVD players are cheap enough where I can buy one and mail it to them but the plug is different so then I'd have to send them a converter too and all that is too much - I'm not gonna do that. Do you guys think my DVDs would play in my friend's computer vs the DVD player hooked up to their TV? Or do you guys think this whole idea of shipping a couple US bought DVDs is more hassle than it's worth?

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I'd like to ship a few region 1 DVDs I bought at Target and Best Buy here in the US to a friend in another country. How do I make sure my friend can actually watch them? DVD players are cheap enough where I can buy one and mail it to them but the plug is different so then I'd have to send them a converter too and all that is too much - I'm not gonna do that. Do you guys think my DVDs would play in my friend's computer vs the DVD player hooked up to their TV? Or do you guys think this whole idea of shipping a couple US bought DVDs is more hassle than it's worth?
It may be more hassle than it's worth. SD content uses a different standard in some countries (PAL). If they have an HDTV, you could send them a blu-ray player and they could hook it up via hdmi. There's probably some export embargo you'd be violating. An SD dvd player would be more problematic. On the plug/voltage side, you have to look to see if the player can handle higher voltages. If it says something like 120-220v a very simple plug adapter is all that's needed.

On the computer side, computer DVD drives have region codes too, but there are programs like AnyDVD and DVDFab that allow you to bypass them.
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on some dvd players you can remove region code. after that dvd player will play any disks.
you can find details on this site,
for example how to set apex http://www.videohelp.com/dvdhacks...-1200/1074.
if you friend has a dvd player you can try to make it region free.
some dvd players can handle PAL without any issues, I had different problem, playing PAL on NTSC.
Usually you can find better support for regions and PAL / NTSC in cheap players.

I am more or less agree with jkee.
All this was important like 10 years ago, now you may just pay for youtube stream.
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