Thursday, June 4, 2015

Converting Samsung BD-F5100 Blu-ray & DVD player to become region free (unlocked)

Most genuine DVD and Blu-ray movie discs carry a region code, and the movie can only be played in a Blu-ray and/or DVD player with firmware having the same region code with the disc.

Depends on the manufacturer of the Blu-ray / DVD player, certain players don't implement the region code checking and restriction, and can play the dics from all region. Certain other branded players, particularly Samsung, Sony, etc. impose the region code restriction.

For DVD, the region code is assigned as follow:

  • 0 = Playable in all regions
  • 1 = North America, Hawaii and Bermuda
  • 2 = Middle East, Western Europe, Central Europe, Egypt, French overseas territories, Greenland, Japan, Lesotho, South Africa and Swaziland
  • 3 = Southeast Asia, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea and Taiwan 
  • 4 = Australia, New Zealand, Central America, the Caribbean, Mexico, Oceania, South America
  • 5 = The rest of Africa, Former Soviet Union, the Indian subcontinent, Mongolia, North Korea
  • 6 = Mainland China
For Blu-ray, the region code is assigned as follow:
  • A = East Asia (except Mainland China and Mongolia), Southeast Asia, North America, South America and their dependencies
  • B = Africa, Southwest Asia, Europe (except Russia and Kazakhstan), Oceania (including Australia and New Zealand) and their dependencies
  • C = Central Asia, East Asia (Mainland China and Mongolia only), South Asia, central Eurasia and their dependencies
The problem with this region code is that, if you are staying in Southeast Asia and want to play a Hollywood DVD movie in genuine discs, the movie might not play due to this region code restriction. This actually encourages people to look for pirated copy or to download the DVD ripped copy from the Internet.

Anyhow, there are methods to hack certain Bly-ray and/or DVD players by hardware chip modification, or just by unlocking the region restriction using the remote control.

I have a Samsung BD-F5100 Blu-ray & DVD player shipped with the latest firmware version 1019.0. Its region code for DVD and Blu-ray is stated on the label stuck behind the unit.


The steps to unlock this Samsung BD-F5100 Blu-ray & DVD player to make it region free and enabling it to play DVD from all the regions are as below.

Step 1: Take out any disc in the player, and power off the unit.

Step 2: Switch it on. Wait until the Main Menu of the player appears on the TV screen.

Step 3: Press the REPEAT button (the black button under the yellow "C") on its remote control.

Step 4: Use the keypad on remote control to punch in the following 5 digits, depends on the DVD region code stated in the label (the DVD region code in the picture above is "3").

For Region 1: 2 9 3 3 4
For Region 2: 5 7 5 3 8
For Region 3: 5 6 7 3 2
For Region 4: 7 6 8 8 4
For Region 5: 5 3 8 1 4 
For Region 6: 2 4 4 6 2

Step 5: Once you punched in the above 5-digit codes, you will see your current region code shown up on the top left corner in your TV screen. Before this region code disappears, quickly punch in "9" with your remote control.

Step 6: The number on the TV screen will change to "9". Wait for it to disappear.

Step 7: Power off the player.

Your BD-F5100 player should be unlocked to region free by now. Repeat Step 1 to Step 4 above, you will be able to see your region code has changed to "0".

Test it with a DVD disc from different region. The movie should be able to play in your player now.


8 comments:

BJ said... Reply To This Comment

Hi do u able to play the blue ray disc from the night market on this player?

Voyager8 said... Reply To This Comment

@BJ

Yes.

Nicholle Palmieri-Sicknick said... Reply To This Comment

Hi there... I have tried repeatedly to use this method, and so far no luck. This is my first time trying to play a DVD from another region. I am in the US and the DVD came from the UK. I followed the instructions above repeatedly, but nothing happens. It's as if the player does not recognize that black repeat button under the C at all.

Can you give me some guidance?

Thanks :)

~Nicholle

Unknown said... Reply To This Comment

Worked perfectly, thanks.
Peter

David Ray said... Reply To This Comment

Doesn't work for me either. My firmware version is 1010.1, I'm guessing that this workaround was 'fixed' in this firmware update. Bugger.

Sabi N said... Reply To This Comment

Hi,
I am from India (Region 5) and I have successfully used the code to Change the region code to 0 on my Samsung BD-F5100. However it still will not play a blu-ray disc from Canada. What should I do now?

Jonathan Lloyd said... Reply To This Comment

This hack worked perfectly on my Region 3 unit purchased 2nd hand in Singapore. Very easy indeed.

Hermes Lin said... Reply To This Comment

Worked perfectly, thanks.

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