How to Unlock a DVD Player Region Code
Region codes are special codes placed in DVD players by the manufacturer to recognize DVDs from certain areas of the world, while blocking out DVDs from regions it does not recognize. The purpose of this is to curb piracy. Nine region codes exist in the world. The region code for the U.S. is "1," and China "6," for example. Unlocking the region code in your DVD player will make the unit universal, meaning that you can use DVDs from any region on your player. One universal code for unlocking regions in DVD players does not exist-each player has specific codes for this. The codes and methods of two DVD players, the LG DBRH198 and the Matsui DVD-110 will be used as examples.
LG DBRH198 Player
Turn on the DVD player.
Open the DVD disc tray and keep it open. Power on your DVD player and open the disk tray. Leave the tray open as DVD region code hacks need the tray to be open as the code is entered for it to get activated.
Press the "Home" key on the DVD remote.
Select the "Setup" option.
Select the "Lock" icon by using the arrow keys on the remote control.
Press the number key "0," seven times on the remote. This is the code-"0000000."
Confirm by selecting "OK" when you get the "Region Free" message. Insert an import DVD to test the DVD player.
Repeat the steps again if the you encounter problems playing the DVD as you may have missed something.
Matsui DVD-110 Player
Turn on the DVD player then press the "Menu" key on the DVD remote.
Press the number "9" key on the remote.
Press the "Open/Close" key on the remote.
Press the number "5" key on the remote.
Press "Mute" when the region selection prompt appears then the "Ok" key on the remote then "Exit." If you did this in the right sequence, the word "All" will display-the regions in the player have been unlocked, making it region free. Insert an import DVD to test the DVD player.
Tips & Warnings
- It is not illegal to modify your DVD player to make it region free. Also, it is not illegal to purchase import DVDs that are manufactured by reputable movie studios—what is illegal is purchasing import DVDs that are "bootlegs," meaning they are fake and pirated. You need discernment in purchasing import DVDs and knowing the difference. If you are not sure, do not buy as it may be a pirate copy.