Cols has been telling me the past couple of days that our brand new Philips DVP5996k player does not play our original DVD's. I didn't get to test it until today. I popped in my X-Men Trilogy original DVD and, indeed, it complained of incompatible region. Seems that this unit is region-locked. Very strange since practically no DVD player sold today still follow the antiquated copyright-protection of DVD players based on "regions".
I called Western Appliance Greenhills and talked to their Philips guy. He walked me through the process of removing the region lock by hitting some secret buttons. I don't know if this will work for all Philips DVD players, but this was the sequence for my DVP5996k:
- Open the tray
- Click the setup button on the remote control
- Go to preferences
- Type 138931 on the keypad (The screen displays the current region where the player is locked)
- Use the up/down arrow key to select Region 0 to open it for all regions
That's it! After that, it happily played all my original Region 1 discs.