Re: all region DVD players

Kathy Evans (
Mon, 9 Dec 2002 21:11:20 -0800 (PST)

Are DVD's PAL format?
Kathy Evans

"Schmitt, Mike" wrote:

> We purchased a Sampo DVE-612 DVD player. This will play discs from multiple regions and can play NTSC and PAL format discs. This DVD player can automatically convert either format to your TV--typically NTSC in North America.
> So far so good with this unit. I can't say that I have huge faith in Sampo but so many DVD players are cheap in construction and design. This one works as well as others and is able to play multiple regions and formats on NTSC and PAL monitors. It also contains many of the standard features.
> We purchased it for $177 delivered from This is New Orleans Express. Overall it seems like a fairly decent unit with no problems for us or faculty that have them at home.
> --Mike Schmitt
> UW-Green Bay
> Audio/Video Services
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Sarah Andrews []
> Sent: Monday, December 09, 2002 1:37 PM
> To: Multiple recipients of list
> Subject: all region DVD players
> Our library also had the problem of faculty requesting DVDs which weren't
> coded Region 1.
> We purchased 2 all-codes/all-regions JVC DVD players from
> this summer. They ship to US addresses for
> free. So far, everything we have purchased from Europe has played in these.
> I inquired with some of our faculty about what to look for in a code-free
> player. They recommended getting a long warranty, as these are prone to
> breaking down, and to make sure your tv, etc. were also PAL compatible.
> Here is some additional information:
> If you want to go the cheap, probably illegal route--many players can be
> hacked to get around the default region coding. You can find this
> information on the web. (I'm pretty sure that's what some of our faculty
> did to their home machines).
> Sarah Andrews
> University of Iowa Libraries
> Monographic Acquisitions
> --------------- Text of forwarded message ---------------
> Date: Mon, 9 Dec 2002 11:19:23 -0800 (PST)
> Reply-To:
> From: "Gail Fedak" <>
> To: Multiple recipients of list <>
> Subject: Re: Ramon Sender films
> Status:
> In reference to this thread, and related to other titles as well, we have
> searched for multinorm players and have been told by vendors that they
> cannot be purchased in the U.S. Is this correct? If so, why? If not, can
> anyone make recommendations? Thanks in advance for any enlightenment.
> Gail B. Fedak
> Manager, Instructional Media Resources
> Middle Tennessee State University
> Murfreesboro, TN 37132
> phone 615-898-2740
> fax 615-898-2530
> email