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Old 10-25-2008, 10:24 AM   #1  
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Nearly 300 titles in this sale. You can use this site to watch out for region B titles (if it's listed in pink, then it's region B). Exchange rate is better than it has been in a long time, so after removing VAT, figure paying about 1.5 times the listed price (for example, 15 pounds would be about 23 dollars, not counting the freebie of course) with shipping (which is cheap, about 5-6 bucks total, depending on how many you buy). I bought Cliffhanger (region B title, but what do I care since I have the LG BH200 ), Air Force One and Independence Day.

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Old 10-25-2008, 04:24 PM   #2  
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Is the LG naturally region free? Or is there a firmware hack or remote code?

Is it DVD region free as well?
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Old 10-25-2008, 05:58 PM   #3  
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Remote code for Blu-ray and a hack for DVD region free. The only reason I noticed this sale was because I was specifically looking for a good region locked BD title that wasn't (yet) released here, so I could test it. Really though, there isn't many, at least what's on that list, but there's a few others I wouldn't mind having (like The Crow) but they weren't in the sale.

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Remote code for Blu-ray and a hack for DVD region free. The only reason I noticed this sale was because I was specifically looking for a good region locked BD title that wasn't (yet) released here, so I could test it. Really though, there isn't many, at least what's on that list, but there's a few others I wouldn't mind having (like The Crow) but they weren't in the sale.
Any bitstreaming or decoding?
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Any bitstreaming or decoding?
Decodes TrueHD and bitstreams the others, AFAIK. Here's some more info (add the dot in the link). I've only had it for a few days and I haven't done any mods or updates to it yet.

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I got my 3 movies Friday from Amazon UK and I'm happy to say that they all look great. Cliffhanger is region B and the hack code works fine in the LG BH200 (although I had to update the FW first, because the hack doesn't work with the November FW).

Cliffhanger, Independence Day (also region B), and Air Force One are all movies with high replay value and I'm glad they all got great transfers. I love the trivia tracks as well.

This sale is still going on, BTW, nearly 300 movies to choose from and the exchange rate is only 1.61:1. Keep in mind that you will get the fat cases, but frankly I prefer them because I like to be different.
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I got my 3 movies Friday from Amazon UK and I'm happy to say that they all look great. Cliffhanger is region B and the hack code works fine in the LG BH200 (although I had to update the FW first, because the hack doesn't work with the November FW).

Cliffhanger, Independence Day (also region B), and Air Force One are all movies with high replay value and I'm glad they all got great transfers. I love the trivia tracks as well.

This sale is still going on, BTW, nearly 300 movies to choose from and the exchange rate is only 1.61:1. Keep in mind that you will get the fat cases, but frankly I prefer them because I like to be different.
I sure wish the LG BH200 would drop to around $150 in the next several weeks as I could really utilize that region free feature for a couple Region B movies I have been wanting.
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I sure wish the LG BH200 would drop to around $150 in the next several weeks as I could really utilize that region free feature for a couple Region B movies I have been wanting.
Well it's at around $400 now, so it's probably not going to happen in that timeframe. Furthermore, being the only region free Blu-ray player and what most consider the best combo player certainly won't help accelerate the pace of depreciation.
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Why oh why don't these amazon.uk sales ever include some quality UK exclusive releases
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LG has indicated that the BH200 is Profile 2.0 capable and that LG is working on providing an update to enable that feature. Whether or not it ever happens is an unknown. The player uses the Broadcom BCM7440 chip and no player I can find anywhere using that chip can decode DTS-HD MA so I have concluded that isn't possible. The player bitstreams all audio codecs including DTS-HD MA. It does not have analog 5.1 audio out, only 2.0. Otherwise it is a excellent player with excellent standard DVD performance and the best of the dual format players in my opinion. The Samsung BD-UP5000 does have analog 7.1 output but also uses Broadcom BCM7440 so no DTS-HD MA decoding meaning with either you must use bitstream to have the audio codecs covered.

I don't have any non-Region A Blu-ray discs and can't comment on that other than I know it can be made all-region with a remote control hack.

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LG has indicated that the BH200 is Profile 2.0 capable and that LG is working on providing an update to enable that feature. Whether or not it ever happens is an unknown. The player uses the Broadcom BCM7440 chip and no player I can find anywhere using that chip can decode DTS-HD MA so I have concluded that isn't possible. The player bitstreams all audio codecs including DTS-HD MA. It does not have analog 5.1 audio out, only 2.0. Otherwise it is a excellent player with excellent standard DVD performance and the best of the dual format players in my opinion. The Samsung BD-UP5000 does have analog 7.1 output but also uses Broadcom BCM7440 so no DTS-HD MA decoding meaning with either you must use bitstream to have the audio codecs covered.

I don't have any non-Region A Blu-ray discs and can't comment on that other than I know it can be made all-region with a remote control hack.

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Well as long as you have a receiver capable of decoding the codecs, then it doesn't matter since the player will bitstream them. Hopefully they'll follow through with the 2.0 update, since that would be the only drawback to the player value-wise. To me it's not an issue since I don't use the internet for my HD DVD playback and have never taken advantage of the web-enabled content on the 30-40 that exist.

I only have a couple of region B discs, and it just takes a minute to use the remote hack code and turn the player off and on to enable it. I also put in the region free hack and it will output PAL so it's pretty cool that it will play virtually everything except for a few odd BD and HD DVD titles.
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I really hope, more multi-region BD players will be available soon. Just like it was/is the case with DVD players. I have quite a few BDs, which are either region locked A or B, so this is very high on top of my list for my first BD standalone. Until more multi region able players are available, i'll stick with my htpc. Which sometimes is a pita....
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Well as long as you have a receiver capable of decoding the codecs, then it doesn't matter since the player will bitstream them. Hopefully they'll follow through with the 2.0 update, since that would be the only drawback to the player value-wise. To me it's not an issue since I don't use the internet for my HD DVD playback and have never taken advantage of the web-enabled content on the 30-40 that exist.

I only have a couple of region B discs, and it just takes a minute to use the remote hack code and turn the player off and on to enable it. I also put in the region free hack and it will output PAL so it's pretty cool that it will play virtually everything except for a few odd BD and HD DVD titles.
Yes, I have a receiver that can decode DTS-HD MA so I can play it. Hopefully firmware is coming to address the few discs that don't play with this player.

I wanted the player primarily for the all-region ability. I hope that I find some great foreign films not available for Region A with an English soundtrack or subtitles. Until prices on importing those discs come down or until I find some available here at a reasonable price, I am not likely to know how well it performs in that regard. If you were hoping to find US movies released for foreign markets only but not here, those will be few and far between.



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Yes, I have a receiver that can decode DTS-HD MA so I can play it. Hopefully firmware is coming to address the few discs that don't play with this player.

I wanted the player primarily for the all-region ability. I hope that I find some great foreign films not available for Region A with an English soundtrack or subtitles. Until prices on importing those discs come down or until I find some available here at a reasonable price, I am not likely to know how well it performs in that regard. If you were hoping to find US movies released for foreign markets only but not here, those will be few and far between.
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That's quite true, but I just restricted myself to the Amazon UK sale, and they didn't have any region B foreign films in it.
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