We’re often asked ‘How do I change the region on my Sony DVD player?’ Well, this mod/hack guide will show you how to change your Sony DVD player or Blu-ray player to be region-free for the playback of DVD discs. Also known as a multi-region hack or region code 0 unlock, this means that you can play DVD discs that are locked to region codes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 on your Sony DVD or Blu-ray player. Unfortunately the hack does not unlock the region coding of Blu-ray discs. If you need zone-free Blu-ray playback (for zones A, B and C) see our separate Blu-ray zone-free page here.
Sony DVD and Blu-ray players
See below for a list of Sony DVD and Blu-ray players that can be made region-free for DVD playback. If the model number marked on your player has extra letters following the numbers below these can be ignored. Some model numbers have a note ^ and number against them. See the notes below.
|Sony DVD players and recorders||Sony Blu-ray Players|
^1 Only works on these DVD players made before December 2014
^2 Only works on these Blu-ray players with firmware M14R0179 or lower
^3 Does not work on these Blu-ray players with firmware M19R0164 or higher
^4 Only works on these Blu-ray players with firmware M15R0179 or lower
^5 Does not work on these Blu-ray players with firmware M20R0164 or higher
^6 Does not work on these Blu-ray players with firmware M21R0164 or higher
^7 Does not work on these Blu-ray players with firmware M16R0210 or higher
Sony Region-Free Method
The method for unlocking your Sony DVD/Blu-ray player to make it multi-region is to send the correct sequence of infrared remote control signals to the player from a specially made infrared transmitter. These infrared codes cannot be sent from your standard Sony remote control that came with your player but must instead be transmitted using custom-made hardware as described below.
You can buy a custom-made infrared transmitter for unlocking your Sony DVD/Blu-ray player through this remote transmitter seller on eBay. This transmitter will send the correct infrared codes to your Sony player so you can unlock it for multi-region DVD playback. We are not related to the seller so for any questions about the transmitter itself please contact the seller through the eBay listing here. Why not treat yourself to some films or box-sets while you’re looking?
Let us know about your Sony DVD multi-region unlocking experience in the comments section below!
27 thoughts on “How To Make your Sony DVD or Blu-ray Player Region Free”
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Hello, is it able to make a sony x800m2 region free?
Hi, the remote does not work on the UBP-X700, UBP-X800 or UBP-X1000 players. Sony own a movie studio so, unlike Panasonic, they care a lot about stopping people playing movies from other regions.
Sony UBP-X700 is supposed to be region free but it isn’t. False advertising. How do we unlock?
Where did you buy your UBP-X700 from? Sony supply them region-locked so they need modifying to make them zone-free. We have a page about unlocking Blu-ray regions/zones here.
Did you find a solution, I have the same issue I want to fix?
Sony BDP-S1700 dvd/blue ray player. Can I change the region setting?
Sorry, the Sony BDP-S1700 can’t be unlocked with this remote. Sony own a movie production studio and have a vested interest in blocking people from unlocking their players. You could buy a Panasonic player instead!
Have you found the solution?
I have a Sony portable DVD player DVP-FX950 in region 5 .
Can you please let me know how to make it region free?
Hi, am interested in a sony bdp-z1 portable Blu Ray player but most listing are coming from Japan and have region 2 . Will this work on setting it to region 1 for US media ?
How about BDP-S6700, is there something to turn that one to region free ?
Hey, did you find the way how to do it?
The BDP-S6700 cannot be made region-free using this remote. You will need to fit a mod-chip to your player. Alternatively you can sell your player and either buy a hackable player or buy a new player that has been pre-modified. See our Blu-ray multi-region page for mod-chips and hackable players.
Can I change my Sony blu ray disc/DVD BDP- S590 to all region
What is the the code.
Yes the Sony BDP-S590 is in the list of players above. To transmit the correct codes to your player you need to buy one of the custom remotes linked above here.
Can a Sony RMT-VB310E be converted to zone free?
Hi David, that part number is for your original remote control handset. What is the model number marked on the front/back of the player itself?
My sony Blue ray player model # BDP-BX520 can it be region free. I can’t change the region.
The Sony BDP-BX520 is not in the list so it doesn’t look possible yet. Contact the seller of the remotes through eBay and ask if this model will be supported in the near future.
my Lonpoo region free just croaked …and the picture was never that great. So did my Samsung bdp 4500, So I bought a Sony BDP S3700. Do you know of a hack or remote for this model??
The BDP-S3700 cannot be made region-free using this remote. You will need to fit a mod-chip to your player. Alternatively you can sell your player and either buy a hackable player (e.g. Panasonic) or buy a new player that has been pre-modified. See our Blu-ray multi-region page for mod-chips and hackable players.
Bonjour , j’aimerai changer la région de mon lecteur SONY BDP-S360 ! merci beaucoup par avance Laurent
Bonjour Laurent, Yes you can use the custom remote to unlock the DVD reion of your Sony BDP-S360. Please follow the eBay link to buy one.
Can SONY BDPS6700 be unlocked? How do I do that?
It might be possible to use this custom remote to unlock the DVD region on the Sony BDP-S6700 so please contact the eBay seller through the link to ask.