Blairy – I realize I am quite late to this topic, but I had not paid too much attention to the region-free Blu-ray issue because all my Blu-rays were either multi-region or Region A. I live in the U.S. (Region A) and bought a U.S. version BDP-95 in early 2012. The BDP9x-65-0302 firmware was already installed so that the player is not region-free. The next prior firmware was BDP9x-61-1219, which had been region-free.
Unfortunately, I recently bought a Blu-ray from Amazon.fr that they claimed was region-free, but it is not. I get the message (translated from French) that “This disc is not compatible with the region code of your player.” (I also tried it in my son’s Sony PS3 (Region A) as a check and got the same message). Sure, I could send the disc back, but the shipping both ways is a lot more expensive than the disc, and I really want to see and hear it.
I have a couple of questions about your posts in this topic on pages 42 and 43. First, do I understand correctly that the standard mod kit from bluraychip.dk (the PRO kit is NLA) will allow me to play a bluray from another regions simply by rebooting, waiting for the “no disc” message and punching in Region codes: 1 = A, 2 = B. 3 = C? More specifically, I assume the mod will allow me to switch regions using my present (latest) firmware without having to downgrade the firmware to the 1219 version. Is this correct? Installing the mod allows me to downgrade firmware if I want to, but does not require me to do so? Correct?
If so, why would I want to downgrade (using the instructions quoted above) to the 1219 firmware – at the risk of “bricking” the player? Is it not possible that some of the changes made in the later firmware updates are worthwhile?
Some of your posts hint that oppo might include something in later firmware versions that would brick the player if someone tried to downgrade. Are you aware that such has ever happened?
What are the advantages of downgrading? The ability to play ISO files? (I’m not even sure what those are.) Any others? Why should I downgrade?
Also, as noted above, the PRO kit for the BDP-93/95 is no longer available from bluraychip.dk. Other than the fact that the standard version is more inconvenient to use (power down, etc), is there any other disadvantage to the Standard version? I see hints in some of your posts that using the PRO version is safer if one were to downgrade the firmware – or is that just for “Chinese copies”? And what are those? The ones on eBay?
I realize there are a lot of questions in here. The most important to me is whether I have to downgrade the firmware to use the bluray chip.dk mod.
Thanks a million for any help you can provide me!