Just completed reading most of the 209 posts ... First Thank You to All the Sharing of Information and many Helpful Tips! We are in the very early stages of trying to "fully understand" the challenges of successfully playing DVDs and Blue Ray DVDs from a different Region, then the USA .... Good Luck!
It's not like, stopping in your local ABC liquor store, to buy a good single malt scotch from Scotland, add ice for a set-up, pour the scotch, and enjoy it!
Based on my limited research and reading the above posts, I would appreciate hearing from you all to "confirm" if my understanding is on Point? First, we can buy a Region Blue Ray ABC and Region Free 0-9 (real is 1-6) DVD player fairly easy, add Blue Ray, add 4K Ultra, and it adds to the cost of the unit, view as going from a 10 to 15 year scotch ... it only get's more expensive, goes from about $ 220, 399, 499, and it keeps going $$$$$.
Critical question, if we are playing some of the older DVD (only) guessing about 480p or maybe 720p, at 169 widescreen, like Born and Bread complete series, Region 2 DVDs .... do we need a Blue Ray or plus 4K Ultra and deal with all this "firmware issues" .... do you still need firmware updates to view basic DVDs, from any Regions? What I am missing?
As soon as you buy, the newer Blue Ray (only), from any Regions, do I still need firmware updates to view the Blue Ray DVDs? How do we keep this process simple, PLUG AND PLAY ... is this possible?
On that note, I am on the right track, as soon as, I buy a 4K Ultra Blue Ray DVD player Region Free or Not ..... Good Luck ... receiving the complete, correct, etc.,etc., firmware updates .... becomes the real challenge for all of to enjoy any of the DVDs we are playing .... Correct?
My ending message, based on my limited research and still learning about the DVDs/Players .... Buyer Beware When Dealing With the Vendors/Sellers on the internet .... ask the question "where is the manufactures' warranty card" for a brand new sealed Region ABC & Region Free DVD Player, when service is needed ... who will be their for you ? Still working out the details and the selection of the DVD players that I can buy to play my DVDs and Blue Ray .... etc,etc, and not always be upgrading or replacing the after a short period of time.
Thanks Again for allowing me to share my concerns and your help and insights would be appreciated. EarthWindFire