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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".