Play Foreign Disc on Blu-ray Player

Diana Joan

Oct 15, 2018 12:02 am / Posted by Diana Joan | Categories: Blu-ray, Blu-ray Player

There are plenty of reasons for purchasing movies on Blu-ray disc from overseas: some films may not be available in your country, films in other countries are often cheap to purchase, many independent films are not for sale internationally and you have to purchase them from the country where they were produced, etc or the best titles for certain genres of movies are only sold in the countries of origin. You can easy shop movies on Blu-ray disc by region from stores who specialize in selling foreign discs. The drawback is that the foreign disc may not usually compatible with your home Blu-ray player from Sony, Samsung, LG or some game consoles like PlayStation, Xbox One, etc.

Why fail to play foreign disc on Blu-ray player?

To maximize profits and protect copyright status, production companies and manufacturers work together to limit the playback capabilities of DVDs and Blu-ray discs purchased from other countries. Normally, a Blu-ray player purchased in North America will only play discs purchased in North America. Likewise, a European Blu-ray player will only play discs local to Europe. Attempting to use a European-bought disc in a North American player will result in an “error” where the player will tell you that the disc format is not supported. This is solely due to the encoding and decoding process. Each region uses it’s own disc encoding, and the players from each region are set to only decode discs that originate from that home region.

Solution to play foreign disc on Blu-ray player

The good news is there are ways to deal with Blu-ray disc region playback limitations. The following article will share you 3 workable ways.

Solution 1: Hack Blu-ray players

Some people try to hack their player to play Blu-ray disc from other countries regardless of the disc encoding. This method sometimes may not that effective. In addition, the hacking can result in a player that locks up or gets stuck on a different region, eliminating the possibility for playback of local discs. It’s a risky decision to try and hack your player, and the benefits aren’t always worth the cost of a broken unit.

Solution 2: Buy a region-free player

Region-Free players aren’t sold by major retailers. It would be ideal for you to find a reputable retailer who specializes in region-free players and purchase directly from them. These players have been professionally modified and will easily play discs from any region, without any issues. Both the software and hardware of region-free players is altered to ensure proper and efficient playback of any disc you can imagine. In addition to playback, most region-free players feature worldwide voltage and internal Pal/NTSC conversion. Worldwide voltage gives you the ability to use your player in any country without a voltage converter – simply set the player to the proper voltage (110/120 or 220/240) – while the internal video conversion ensures the player will work with any TV without an external video converter. A Region-Free player is basically universal. You can take them anywhere, plug them in, use them with any TV, and play any disc. It’s really rather simple and while they do cost a bit more, the price increase isn’t absurd.

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Solution 3: Rip Blu-ray with Blu-ray Region Killer application

If you wish to play your Blu-ray disc not only on Blu-ray players but also freely viewing on computer with media players such as VLC, QuickTime, Windows Media Player or transfer and enjoy on portable devices like iPhone, iPad, Android phone/tablet, Kindle, Surface Pro, etc, then we highly recommended to download our best Blu-ray Region Killer program – Pavtube ByteCopy.

The program can powerfully bypass all Blu-ray region code including Region A, Region B and Region C. Besides that, it also assists you to remove other Blu-ray copy protection including AACS, BD+, Cinavia, UOP, DRM, BD-ROM Mark and High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection. You can then rip or convert the movies on Blu-ray disc to various different popular digital file formats such as AVI, WMV, MP4, MOV, MKV, FLV, 3GP, 3G2, H.264, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, Divx, Xvid, H.265, etc or specific devices preset profile formats for optimal playback experience.

Besides that, the program also allows you to make a 1:1 full disc copy with original Blu-ray file structure, a fast main movie copy without unwanted comments, trailers, ads, etc or a Blu-ray to lossless multi-track MKV copy with all your desired subtitle languages and audio tracks, etc.

For Mac users, you can switch to download Pavtube ByteCopy for Mac to perform the same conversion on macOS High Sierra, macOS Sierra, Mac OS X El Capitan, Mac OS X Yosemite, etc.

Step by Step to Remove Region Code A/B/C from Foreign Blu-ray Disc

Step 1: Load foreign Blu-ray disc.

Insert the Blu-ray disc into your computer’s Blu-ray drive. If your computer doesn’t ship with a Blu-ray drive, you will need to purchase an external USB Blu-ray drive to read the data on Blu-ray disc. Then press “File” > “Load from disc” option on the main interface, alternatively, you can also import Blu-ray folder or Blu-ray ISO files with the program.

Load Blu-ray disc

Step 2: Define output file format.

Full disc copy

Make a full disc copy by hitting the Full disc copy icon on the top tool bar of the main interface.

Main movie copy

From “Format” bar, select “Copy” > “Direct Copy” to copy the main movie of the Blu-ray disc.

Main movie copy

Blu-ray to lossless multi-track MKV copy

To preserve all your wanted audio tracks and subtitles streams in the source movie, you can use the program to rip Blu-ray to ” Lossless/encoded multi-track MKV(*.mkv)” under “Multi-track Video” category.

Blu-ray to lossless multi-track MKV copy

Output digital file formats or device preset profile formats

From “Format” bar drop-down list, select one of your desired file formats or device preset profile formats according to your own needs.

Output digital file formats

Tips: Click “Settings” to open “Profile Settings” window, here you can flexibly adjust output video codec, bit rate, resolution, frame rate, audio codec, bit rate, sample rate, channels, etc.

Output portable device preset profile formats

Output portable device preset profile formats

Step 3: Start Blu-ray region code unlocking process.

Clicking the Convert button on main interface to start to unlock Blu-ray region code.

After the conversion, you can click Open output folder to pop the output directory with the converted Blu-ray disc with no region code. Feel free to play them on your Blu-ray disc players or game consoles like PlayStation, Xbox One, Wii, etc.

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