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How to bypass DVD region code?

If you are a DVD enthusiast, I believe you have come across the DVD region problem at some point of your life. DVD region code system was designed for movie studios to arrange their release plans across the world, but it could bring us consumers problems sometimes, especially for those who always travel across the world but want to collect DVDs or bring DVDs with them. So, is there a way to solve the DVD region problem? The DVD region code how to bypass problem was always brought up by DVD enthusiasts, and today we will discuss some method to solve the problem.

Part 1: About DVD region codes

Before we get to the point, let's firstly take a look at the DVD region code system. What is this DVD region code? What is it for and why they design this system to bother us? Well, the DVD region code was designed for movie studios to control the release plan for different regions across the world. Different regions have different region code so that the DVD you buy from one region cannot be played on the DVD player that has a different region code. Basically, what it means is that you can only watch the DVD in your own region, and it's not allowed by the movie studio for you to watch any DVD that is from other regions.

This is really troubling, because if you are in the US, you can't watch any DVD that is released in the UK. But what if you want to? Is there a way to bypass DVD region code? The answer is yes. And for a fact, there are more than one way to do that. Sometimes we choose to rip DVD to laptop to bypass DVD region, but it takes time. So today we will introduce other two ways to bypass DVD region code.

Part 2: Hack your player

Some DVD player can be hacked in order to unlock the region code restriction and be made region free, Phillips for an example. Here I'll show you a way to hack your DVD player and bypass the region code.

Step 1: Go to the "VideoHelp" website and go to the "DVD hack" section.

Step 2: On the section, search for the model number of your player, like "Philips HTS3544"

Step 3: Then click on it, there will be a detailed instruction for hacking the DVD player exclusively for your DVD player model. Do as it suggests and your DVD player will be hacked region free.

Be noted that not all DVD players can be hacked, and not all hackable player can be found on this site. The solutions for new models will be updated by users, so if you can't find your model, just wait for a couple of days and come back, or leave a request, chances are your model will be updated some day in the future.

Part 3: Unlock the DVD drive region

If you play DVDs on your Windows or Mac computer, you can also change the region in the event that you have a region locked DVD disc. For Mac computers, you have to note that you can change the region code for your DVD drive only five times, which includes the original setting. If you change the DVD regions unlock code the fifth time, it will be permanently set to the last region you chose.

On Windows

Step 1: Open the file explorer and navigate to “This PC” on the left navigation pane. Find your DVD ROM under “Devices and Drives.

Step 2: Right click on the DVD drive and choose “Properties”. After that navigate to the “Hardware” tab.

Step 3: From the Hardware tab, click the “Properties” button near the bottom. A new Window about the disc drive should open.

Step 4: Click the “DVD Region” tab on the window that appears, select the new one according to your needs and finally click “OK” to save the changes.

On Mac

Step 1: Insert a DVD into your Mac that has a different region code than the one your DVD drive is set to.

Step 2: If you have not reached the 5 maximum DVD region change limit, you’re asked whether you want to change the DVD region. Choose a region that matches the DVD region.

Part 4: An easier solution

As you can see, going to "VideoHelp" website to seek for solutions is not a very promising method to make bypass DVD region. It's true that you may find an exclusive way to hack your DVD player and make it region free, chances are there is not your DVD player model on the website, or your DVD player is not hackable at all. So is there a more promising way to bypass DVD region code restriction? Well, there is.

Instead of hacking your DVD player, which may cause some unstable problems to your device, you can find another way to play the DVD disc of another region code. Playing the disc on PC, with a program that can play DVD or Blu-ray disc regardless of the region code is a doable alternative. But does such a program exist at all? And how much would this kind of program would cost?

The answer is, yes it exists, and it would not cost a dime. The free, multifunctional media player is called Leawo Blu-ray Player.


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Leawo Blu-ray Player is the very program you can use to bypass the DVD region code of a disc. The only thing you need to do is to insert your disc into the drive and play it, without any extra setting or operating, because Leawo Blu-ray Player can play any DVD or Blu-ray disc, folder or ISO file ignoring the region code. Not only that, you can also play other video files like MP4, WMV and MKV with the same program, and retain the original video and audio quality. Let's take a look at how easy it is to play a DVD of any region code with Leawo Blu-ray Player:

Step 1: Download and install Leawo Blu-ray Player.

Step 2: Open the player. If you insert a disc into your drive, the player will automatically detect the disc and show the disc title on the main interface. Click on it and it will be played. Of course, you can also click on the "Open file" button to open other files on your computer.

That's how easy it is to bypass DVD region by using Leawo Blu-ray Player on your PC.


DVD region code is bothering sometimes, but you can always find a way to bypass DVD region code. Besides finding solutions to hack your DVD player, you can turn to Leawo Blu-ray Player to play any DVD or Blu-ray disc without any trouble or risk. It's worth a try, because it's easy to use, and free.

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Cade Song

With long-term dedication into the latest market demands and technologies, the author has become an expert in posting practical, in-depth and user-oriented how-tos, tutorials, recommendations, reviews, and more digital multimedia solutions in Blu-ray, DVD, video, audio, picture, Apple utilities, etc.

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