Currently Being ModeratedJan 4, 2012 3:33 PM (in response to neilfromwashington)
I have changed it five times previously
And each time you were warned that, "You can change the region code of a DVD drive only five times (including the original setting); the fifth setting is permanent", weren't you?
Maybe its time to look at the competition
Definitely. And please do share the results.
Below is an excerpt from my Fujitsu Lifebook user guide (capitalisation and stress is theirs):
• ALL LIFEBOOK DVD PLAYERS ARE SET TO PLAY DVD TITLES WITH REGION CODE NUMBER 1 WHICH IS SPECIFIED FOR THE NORTH AMERICAN MARKET. THE REGION NUMBER IS A REGIONAL RESTRICTION CODE DEFINED BY THE DVD FORUM ACTING ON HOLLYWOOD REQUIREMENTS. DIFFERENT REGION CODES ARE RECORDED ON VIDEO DVD TITLES FOR PUBLICATION IN DIFFERENT AREAS OF THE WORLD. IF THE REGIONAL CODE OF THE DVD PLAYER DOES NOT MATCH THE REGIONAL CODES ON THE TITLES, THEN PLAYBACK IS IMPOSSIBLE.
• YOU CAN CHANGE THE REGION CODE ON THE DVD PLAYER USING THE PROPERTIES MENU OF THE DVD SOFTWARE. NOTE, HOWEVER, THAT YOU CAN ONLY CHANGE THE REGION CODE UP TO FOUR TIMES. AFTER THE 4TH CHANGE, THE LAST CODE ENTERED BECOMES PERMANENT, AND CANNOT BE CHANGED.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 4, 2012 4:15 PM (in response to neilfromwashington)
Wow Neil, ranting without the facts. This is part of the licensing agreement between the manufacturers of DVD's and the manufacturers of the DVD players. Lots of reasons for it, but the major one was price discrimination, allowing the publisher to charger more or less in different regions.
But enjoy the competition. I'm sure you'll go off on something else without any facts.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 6, 2012 12:04 PM (in response to OrangeMarlin)
Dear Ms Marlin. It would appear that i was correct but you decided to tell me why I was correct. Still doesn't help though, does it? I am 'ranting' because i spent $30 on a DVD player that plays any and all DVDs from anywhere in the world and my $1800 Apple only gives me the option to change the region 4 times. You should recall what you obviously weren't taught in school - "if you don't have anything useful to say, don't say it"
Currently Being ModeratedJan 6, 2012 12:17 PM (in response to neilfromwashington)
So now that you've bricked your built-in optical drive, why not remove and replace it with a 1TB hard drive, onto which you can load and save all those movies you would otherwise have to carry around on bulky, fragile DVDs?
Currently Being ModeratedJan 6, 2012 2:32 PM (in response to neilfromwashington)
I am an NGO
Good for you.
Dear Ms Marlin
If you do your NGOing with the same skill at information gathering and the same exquisite good manners you've displayed here, you must be very successful.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 17, 2013 10:26 PM (in response to neilfromwashington)
I agree with you, neilfromwashington.
My AWA DVD player ( about 10 years old!) will play DVDs that Apple tells me are for different regions (1 - US and 2 - Aus). It sets no limit on how many times I insert DVDs for these regions.
So what is Apple's problem?
The "Support Community" is often extremely partisan and can be belligerently bigoted against any criticism of god (AKA SJ) as fane_j' response would indicate ;-)