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“Spiderman 3â€, “Pearl Harbor†and “300†are just some of the titles available in Blu-Ray format at your local retail store. Now that the format war for high definition is over, you might consider going out and buying your very own Blu-Ray player thinking it is safe to spend hundreds of dollars so you can enjoy high quality viewing of the latest new movies on the 40 inch + home television set. If you follow this mindset, you might be setting yourself up for something you won't be satisfied with in the future. Sure, the price of the Blu-Ray players is cheaper than ever, and with the Play Station 3 standing considerably high on the entertainment ladder with not only its Blu-Ray playback capabilities, but also with its mighty gaming performance, one can not help but wonder what is the catch? Well there are multiple things consumers have to watch out for regarding the future of Blu-Ray Disk players.

Say you go to Europe and as you are walking through the streets and sight-seeing you find a title that you've never seen before in US and you decide to buy it. When you come home from your trip and pop in that disk into your new Blu-Disk player you will be faced with a particularly unpleasant surprise. It doesn't play! Why? Is something wrong with the disk? No. Is it scratched? No. Then why doesn’t it play? That’s because the Blu-Ray disk that you bought has been region coded, and your new Play Station 3 that you bought at your local retail store for $399.99 isn't a region 2 player. What to do? No worries, as long as you don’t buy titles that have been made in Europe, Australia, most of Asia and Africa, you should be fine. Several overseas web sites have announced that they have cracked players and are selling them at a much heftier price. Here are the regions for the coding of Blu-Ray disks taken from Wikipedia.



Region Area
A Americas; East and Southeast Asia
B Africa, Europe, Oceania, Middle East, French territories, Greenland

C Central and South Asia, Mongolia, Russia, PRC China (Mainland)

Most movies titles are region free, however, some aren't and therefore those looking forward to watching specific titles might be limited in their selection based on the region they bought their player in. With the increasing influence of DRM, MPAA, and others the list of region encoded titles is growing. A list of titles and region locks is available on this site.

If gaming is not an issue then, you might want to buy one of the more inexpensive Blu-Disk players, but don't be fooled. If you aren't buying something with at least 1 GB of storage space and an internet connection, the future Blu-Ray player updates will not apply to you. The hardware requirements to run profile 1.0 differ from requirements to run 1.1 and 2.0. All profile 1.0 players with the exception of Play Station 3 will be ineligible for the upgrade, thus making the Play Station 3 the most future-proof player in the market today. Here is a list of requirements based on the profile taken from Wikipedia.

Feature BD-Video (Grace Period Profile – Profile 1.0) Bonus View (Final Standard Profile – Profile 1.1) BD-Live (Profile 2.0)
Built-in persistent memory 64 KB 64 KB 64 KB
Local storage capability - 256 MB 1 GB
Secondary video decoder Optional Mandatory Mandatory
Secondary audio decoder Optional Mandatory Mandatory
Virtual File System Optional Mandatory Mandatory
Internet Connection Optional Mandatory Mandatory

All in all no item can be completely flawless and future-proof, as time progresses the players are bound to get better and cheaper. Application/program cracks and modifications will be made to overcome issues with regions and security issues of the Blu-Ray DVDs. In my opinion waiting would be the best choice to get the best software and hardware, but for those that absolutely must have the Blu-Ray technology today, Play Station 3 seems to offer the most "bang for the buck" providing both hard-core gaming experience and Blu-Ray playback.
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Region coding was used as an argument by HD DVD fanboys. In my opinion, and as the owner of both formats, it's an utterly pointless argument to make. The rest of the article about owning a player with a hard drive and internet connection is somewhat accurate I guess. I don't know of too many people that keep a router that close to their home theater, and I doubt many players will come with a wifi connection, so again, that's a debatable "need".

And as far as know, blu ray movies with the 2.0 will play on ANY blu ray player, you just won't have access to the online content, which again, if you don't have a router or a line any where near your player, is pointless anyway.
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Regional coding is actually a big thing. Alot of people like to import movies and/or anime from other countries.

I dont understand why people need it though.
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Some companies sell the same software,games,movies and those sort of things cheaper in other countries then the USA.It's their way of keeping you from getting it cheaper.
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Regional coding is about as dumb as DRM. Its just another measure of control I don't want/need.
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Except you can trust people who import stuff on a regular basis to know how to rip it to their comp, strip the region coding and create a new disc.
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It's not like region encoding is new with Blu-Ray... Were these people living under a rock?
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Originally Posted by stargate125645 View Post
It's not like region encoding is new with Blu-Ray... Were these people living under a rock?
haha exactly what i was thinking. unless your DVD player is region free or you've found a way to unlock it for all regions, a Region B disc won't play in a Region A player. it's always been like that as far as i can remember.

and wouldn't region encoding apply to HD-DVD as well? seems like quite a silly article to me.
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Aw boohoo. Get over it. Who the heck comes up with:

"say you are taking a walk in Europe and buy this movie."
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HAHA pnoyboy, I was thinking the same thing.
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