Updated on 17 December 2013 by

Like the generic DVD players, sometimes, the Blu-ray Disc players available in a specific geographical region are manufactured to play only the discs authorized by the content (including movies and games) provider for that region.

The content providers follow this method of encoding Blu-Ray discs to a particular region to do effective price differentiation between regions.

Majority of the Blu-ray Discs from the content providers are region-free and can be played on any Blu-ray Disc player, in any region.

Among the others, to make sure if the Blu-Ray player plays discs of all regions, the players with the codes A, B and C marked on them should be chosen.

Some of the best region-free Blu-ray players can be bought from brands such as Toshiba, Sony and Philips for mostly under the $200 price range.

Check out more information about region codes at the footer below.


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Panasonic DMP-BDT330
Panasonic DMP-BDT230
Sony BDP-S5100
Sony BDP-S1100
Panasonic DMP-BDT330 4K Upscaling 3D Wi-Fi Blu-Ray Player
Panasonic DMP-BDT230 Smart Wi-Fi 3D Blu-Ray Player
Sony BDP-S5100 3D Blu-ray Disc Player with Wi-Fi
Sony BDP-S1100 Blu-ray Disc Player
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Release Date
Mar 2013
Feb 2013
Jan 2013
Jan 2013
DVD Type
Blu-Ray Player
Blu-Ray Player
Blu-Ray Player
DVD Player, Blu-Ray Player
Playable Disk Types
BD-ROM, BD-RE/ BD-RE DL, BD-R/ BD-R DL, DVD-R/ DVD-R DL/ DVD-RW, DVD+R/DVD+R DL/DVD+RW, CD, CD-R/ -RW
DVD+R, BD-ROM, BD-R, BD-RE, BD-R DL, BD-RE DL, CD-R, DVD+R DL, DVD, CD, CD-DA, Blu-ray Disc, DVD+RW, DVD-R DL, DVD-R, CD-RW, DVD-RW
HD DVD, DVD+R, SACD, BD-ROM, BD-R, BD-RE, BD-R DL, BD-RE DL, CD-R, DVD, CD-DA, Blu-ray Disc, DVD+RW, DVD-R, CD-RW, DVD-RW
DVD Video, CD-R, CD-RW, CD (Audio), DVD+RW, DVD+R, DVD-R DL, DVD+R DL, DVD-R/-RW, DVD+R/RW
Progressive Scan
Progressive Scan
Number of Discs
1.0
1.0
1.0
1.0
DLNA Certified
DLNA Certified
DLNA Certified
DLNA Certified
Region Code
A, B, C
A, B, C
0, A, B, C
A, B, C
Average Rating
 4.3 stars
 4.1 stars
 4.2 stars
 4.2 stars