Imagine this, you have just bought a DVD Player (mine happens to be a Philips DVP 3007/69) and are excited about it. No more changing discs. No more “Please insert Disc 2″ screens!!! I did the same and was happily watching movies away to glory, all this only till the last weekend.
I rented a couple of DVDs of some old classic movies that I have wanted to watch for quite sometime now. In a mood to relax on a saturday afternoon watching “Sea Wolves”, I power on my DVD Player and chuck the disc in and wait for it to load. After sometime it shows me a “Wrong Region Error” on the screen!!! I am baffled, as the sales rep at Viveks had told me that this player can play all region DVDs without any problem. I still wanted to watch a movie and not wanting to be dissapointed, I tried the other two movies which I had rented. Both of them show the same error. Dissapointed, I called the DVD rental shop and told him that the DVDs were being sent back and to send some other movies and make sure that those played in my DVD player. It was then that he asked me to contact Philips support guys and ask for the Region unlock code and enter that on my DVD player’s system console and these DVDs would play without any problem.
There was a ray of hope, I could finally watch the movies after all!!! Not wasting a single moment, I got hold of the Philips support center phone number and called them up. To my dissappointment, they told me that its a very complex procedure and if anything is done wrong, my DVD player could end up useless and even the warranty would not cover it. So I asked about their location so that I could take down my player to their shop and get it unlocked. I was in for a surprise again this time, the only Philips support center is in Malleswaram (almost 45 minutes ride on my RX135 from my house). That is not all, they told me that they do not provide doorstep support for my DVD player model!!! Just the thought of going all that way and coming back in the hot sun put my grey cells into action. I knew for sure that I’m not the first guy to face this problem and somebody would have been kind enough to log his exprience and unlock code on the Internet. Well, I found some threads discussing the same issue, but not the same DVD player model!!! Just to be sure, I tried out the codes given for other Philips DVD player models on mine but none worked.
I was almost losing hope and thought that the only option would be to go spend 2-3 hours traveling to the Philips support center and getting my player unlocked. Just as I was about to log off and get ready to go, my eye caught a glimpse of a Region unlock hack for a Philips DVP 3005 model. After so many trials and dissappointments, I was not ready to try this out as I was almost sure of it to fail!!! Nonetheless, just to avoid the journey that lay ahead of me, I tried it and WHOA!!!! IT WORKED!!!!
It took me at most 20 minutes to unlock my player, this is from the time I found that it was region locked till I unlocked it. Here comes the most frustrating part – Philips wanted me to come down to their shop, just to tap 10 (TEN) keys on my remote to unlock the player. It would just take seconds to accomplish the task, for which I was asked to travel to the other end of the town. Is that what we call customer service!!!
Atlast, I finally got to watch “Sea Wolves” and what a wonderful movie it was. Gregory Peck and Roger Moore were amazing in that movie. Will write about the movie some other time.
For those who have faced a similar problem, here is the hack to make your DVP 3007 to read all region DVDs.
1. Power on the DVP 3007.
2. Bring up the System Menu.
3. Navigate to the Preferences page.
4. Press the following combination of keys on your remote in this order to bring up the secret menu showing the Region Code.
5. Use the arrow keys on the remote control to change the Region. To make it region free, set the Region code to “0″ (zero).
6. Exit the System Menu.
Source of this hack: http://www.videohelp.com