Apple Mac and limits on changing DVDs region...

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Cbdboz, Feb 5, 2015.

  1. Cbdboz macrumors regular


    Oct 31, 2013
    Just bought a highly recomended Samsung SE-506CB Blu Ray winter to go with my new Mac and help digitalise my movie collection.

    Had completely forgotten about apples annoying "only 5 times" that you can change the DVDs region... And being stuck with the eventual 5th selection for eternity.

    Is there any way around this?

    If not, the as its a portable, I will choose UK for my I-Mac, and US for my Mac mini .... But would be so much easier without the restrictions.
  2. mooblie macrumors 6502


    Apr 23, 2009
    The Highlands, Scotland
    The "5-changes-limit" is nothing to do with Apple. Happens on PCs too. Built into all DVD-drives' firmware. Blame Hollywood.
  3. aawil macrumors 6502a


    May 18, 2008
    I thought there was software out to get around this but it's been so long I don't know if it exists anymore. I'm actually curious as well because I wanted to buy a couple dvd's of british shows.
  4. G4DP macrumors 65816

    Mar 28, 2007
    You can find firmware to update older drives to remove the restrictions. Doesn't take too much searching.

    However, there is always the chance you can brick the drive doing so.
  5. Cbdboz thread starter macrumors regular


    Oct 31, 2013
    Does it lock the external drive?

    I am wondering if I interchange with my i-Mac and Mac mini, whether I can just use each for a different region when I plug in the drive?
  6. DeltaMac macrumors G3


    Jul 30, 2003
    The region setting is set in the firmware of the DVD drive. If you change to Region 1 from your iMac, then move the drive to your mini, the drive is still set for region 1. Try to play a region 2 DVD, and you are required to change to region 2.
    You can change the region setting a maximum of 5 times.
    If you use the DVD player software, then that will require that the drive be set for the DVDs region. You should be able to use VLC to play your DVDs, without needing to change the region.
    I think another option would be to purchase a second DVD drive, and only play DVDs from that region in the drive that is set for that.

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