Summary: I'm writing this review to help customers, like me, who could't watch foreign DVDs from Region 2, 3, 4 etc...since last week. The S-5100 asked for an update of firmware, I accepted, and it returned as normal Region 1 player. I called the seller (Bombay Electronics, nice guys btw) and he sent me the link for the new FW. I burned it and voilà..it now works.
Summary: I ordered this along with SAMSUNG's BDF-5700 (also a "hacked" all zone, multi region player). The Sony is a larger sized unit and also sports a second USB port in the rear (both units have front ports). Easy set up, though you'll also need to register the machine if you use Amazon, Pandora, etc. through your TV. I ran a range of tests on both players: both functioned similarly but one .AVI file (via USB) kept freezing the Samsung, but played well on this machine.
Summary: I've recently been getting into some great Blu-Ray releases from Arrow Video over in the UK, and soon realized I'd either need a Region free player or import a Region 2 player for some movies I'd like to get in the future and already have. The player I purchased was a "Like New" from Bombay Electronics (claiming some scratches on the player but it looks overall fine to me) and it arrived rather promptly, as much as a IL package to CA can be prompt on a regular delivery.
Summary: I wanted a multi region player as I have some PAL region 2 DVD's and also supposedly region free BBC bluray disks of the 2012 Olympics, which disks my old Panasonic bluray player could not handle. So far the BBC blurays and one region 2 DVD have played successfully on this machine. I was disturbed by the fact that it had trouble with a commercially produced region 1 DVD with Popeye cartoons.
Works very easily with DVD's from different regions
La Jolla Library User, Amazon
1 January 2014
Summary: For some reason, I didn't notice before purchase that the machine was altered by Bombay Electronics and isn't sold as a multi-region player by Sony. I don't know what that does to the warranty, but it does work as advertised. The DVD switching is very simple. It just plays any disc from any region. Blu-ray switching is a bit more complicated and there is a single page printed sheet to tell you how to do this.
Summary: The unit appears to run rock solid, unlike the LG Blu-ray player it is replacing, which would drop out about every 10 minutes. The Sony unit comes with a staggering array of links to inline entertainment resources. The disappointment was how many operations it takes to display a summary of the current episode of series on Netflix streaming. This appears to be a menu system chosen by Sony, not Netflix.
Summary: Overall a very good player. everything handles well. haven't tested the 3D features yet. but otherwise plays region A discs without any problems. I live in a Region B location but haven't tried out any Region B discs yet. the DVD discs seem to have better quality than on DVD players. surround sound thru HDMI is great.
Summary: This Blu Ray seems to work just fine - now that I finally got it to work! It only connects with one HDMI cord, so it's rather difficult to mess that up. However, I kept getting a message on my TV "unable to find signal". I unplugged the HDMI cable and plugged it back in and tried all sorts of settings. It finally worked - but I'm not sure what I did different to get it to work!
Summary: This player does indeed play several different regions of disc, both DVD and BluRay. It is marketed as all voltage, however the cord that comes hardwired into the player is a US only plug. Otherwise, no complaints.