How to Make DVD Player Multi Region

By Chris Kammerud

In the world of DVD players, it matters what part of the world you're in. For various reasons (some related to piracy, some to pricing), companies decided that DVDs bought in one part of the world should not be playable on DVD players manufactured in another. And so they divided the world into 6 regions. On DVD cases you'll see, generally on the back, in a corner, a small symbol of a flat world with a number printed in the center. This number refers to the DVD's region. Generally, in order to play a DVD, your player must match the DVD's region. Many DVD players, though, can be made "region-free," and so play DVDs from anywhere.

Things You'll Need

  • Modifiable DVD player
  • Internet Access

Making a DVD Player Multi-Region

Step 1

Determine the make and model of your DVD player. Different DVD players have to be de-regioned in different ways. For the purposes of this guide, let's say you have a Cyberhome CH-DVD 300.

Step 2

Go to Under lists, click "DVD Hacks." On the subsequent page, type your DVD make and model in the search DVD players box.

Step 3

If your player is in their database, you're in luck, and you can follow the specific instructions needed for your specific player. If you're less lucky, read on.

Step 4

Search for your make and model at DVD Hacks ( Select your DVD's manufacturer from the drop-down list on the home page. Scroll down and look for your player. If you find it, grab your remote and get to work. If not, read on.

Step 5

Buy a new, cheap, multi-region-capable DVD player. Search Video Help for possible alternatives to your current player. Chances are, if you didn't find your current player at Video Help or DVD Hacks, it wasn't designed with region freedom in mind.

Tips & Warnings

  • As with all "special modifications," this article, its writer and publisher disclaim any responsibility for any damage caused to your DVD player, sanity, etc., by following these instructions.