• If you want to bypass the DVD player region restrictions for smooth playing, you will get answers in this post, including tips to make Sony DVD Player region-free and DVD disc region-free.

All film distributors implement digital rights management (DRM) techniques, which will grant them total control for their film releases. The control relates to all aspects of content, pricing and release date according to a country or an entire region. The end result is region locks of DVD players, Blu-ray players and also the DVD or Blu-ray Discs themselves. What that means is if you acquire some DVD or Blu-ray films from another region and try to play them on a player from another region, it will not work. Therefore, how can you bypass those restrictions and play your content just as normal? We will explore it in this guide, specifically with Sony DVD players, and show you how to make a Sony DVD player region-free.

Part 1: Make Sony DVD Player region free

Before we show you how to make a Sony DVD player region-free, here is a list of the DVD regions of the world:

  1. Region 1: Canada, the United States and U.S. territories
  2. Region 2: Japan, Europe, South Africa, the Middle East (including Egypt) and Greenland
  3. Region 3: Southeast Asia, and East Asia (including Hong Kong)
  4. Region 4: Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, Central America, Mexico, South America, and the Caribbean
  5. Region 5: Eastern Europe, Russia, the Indian Subcontinent, Africa, North Korea, and Mongolia

Now that you know the DVD regions, we will now show you how to make a Sony DVD player region-free. There are two methods that you could try, and all you are going to need is the DVD player and the remote controller for them.


Method 1: The Sony DVD remote controller method

Step 1: Turn on your DVD player without any disc inside, and wait for the “No Disc” message to show on your screen.
Step 2: Take your remote controller and press Pause. Afterwards, press 3, 1, 4, 1, 5, 9 on the remote controller and you should see “Code” or “FF” on your screen.
Step 3: Press 0 on your remote (which means all regions). When done, press pause again and proceed to the next step.
Step 4: Turn off your Sony DVD player, and after a minute power it back on, and it should be region-free.

Method 2: The Sony DVD remote controller and key combination

Step 1: Turn on your Sony DVD player, and immediately put it into standby mode. Make sure there is no disc inside it.
Step 2: On your Sony DVD player, press the following key combination; “Top Menu” + “Clear” + “Power”.
Step 3: From the options that appear, choose 2 and 4. Take your remote controller, press the numbers 12450 and then press Enter.
Step 4: Turn off your DVD player, then turn it back on after minute and it should be a region-free player.

If the above methods did not work for you, then try the other methods below.

Part 2: Make the DVD discs region free

Because Sony has released a lot of DVD players over the years, not all of them are the same as they all use different operating systems. For that and many other possible reasons, the methods above might not work for everyone. Therefore, we will present another method that has proven to work for everyone who has tried it, and that is to make the DVD discs region free. For that task, you can always rely on Leawo DVD Copy for the best results. Why do we recommend Leawo DVD Copy? Take a look at the reasons below: