It would be nice if that regional coding had an expiry date. For
example a DVD could be played anywhere 2 years after release. This
would accomodate such market protection, while allowing full use of
purchased DVDs. As it stands now, what happens when someone buys
several DVDs and moves to a different area? If they move from Europe to
North America, they'll likely have to buy a new player and won't be able
to play their movies.
I have 2 DELL Laptops, one with WinXP (cough) and one with Linux 9.3
The Linux one plays DVD's from any region and does not affect the region
code of the player. The windows does and lets me change it up to 6 times
before it fixes to the last one. I can even run a DELL option to
manually change this. As there are region free DVD players when is
someone gong to come up with a way of flashing and DVD player and make
it region fee???