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Old 11-18-2010, 12:38 AM
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Question Recommendation: Make a Toshiba HD-A20KU Region Free or Buy a New Player?

I'm fairly technical, but no expert by any means, so I'm wondering if there's a safe, easy way to convert my Toshiba HD-A20 to region free ... or should I just buy a region free HD-DVD player?

For example, the Phillips DVP5990 is $99 on Amazon, less than that on eBay, and seems to get pretty good reviews (an average of 4 stars from 26 Amazon reviews).

Would the Phillips be a good choice, or would you recommend another make/model?

I'm very happy with the great picture the A20 produces through my Samsung HLT6187S, so I don't feel any need for the added expense of BluRay at this time.
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I don't think your TV supports PAL, so I wouldn't recommend you to make your A20 regionfree. If you do that, it will change the default output to PAL. It has no built-in PAL-to-NTSC converter. You can still play your HD DVDs and NTSC DVDs, but the whole point in making it regionfree is lost if you don't have a TV or projector that supports PAL. It will output NTSC when playing a NTSC disc, and output PAL when playing a PAL disc.
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Old 11-18-2010, 03:22 PM
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This is a very confusing question. HD-DVDs are region-free. The Phillips model you mention isn't an HD-DVD player; it appears to be an upscaling DVD player.
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Bought a new multi region player, problem solved, thanks for replying.
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