This mod/hack guide will show you how to make your Sony DVD player or Blu-ray player region-free for the playback of DVD discs. Also known as a multi-region hack or region 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.
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.
|Sony DVD players and recorders:
|Sony Blu-ray players and recorders:
*** As of firmware version Mxx.R.0164 (25/12/2014) you can no longer unlock the BDP-S1200 Blu-ray player. If your S1200 has an older firmware version it can be unlocked and then the firmware upgraded afterwards, retaining the region unlock.
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 either buy a ready-made transmitter or build your own using an Arduino development board and a few additional components.
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.
Build Your Own Arduino Transmitter
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