I decided I needed a second DVD for my study already having a top of the line Philips which I had to hack to make region free I expected that I would need to do the same to the new player but NO. DVD'd now coming out of China are ALL region free and have no macrovission implemented not only that they are 1/3 the price of traditional DVD's and have added features like MP3 playback etc. Let's see if Hollywood can tweak the nose of china, I live in a country (Australia) that supports copyright protection yet is wanting to do away with regions, so don't really know if the macrovission thing fell through the cracks of the Government in taking it as a package.. However, these DVD's "Conia" are great, been running mine now for 3 weeks and have to tell ya, it's just as good if not better than the Phillips, yes DD/DTS of course. I did research before I bought being very wary in that you only get what you pay for OR maybe I've been paying too much from the start!!!! But a lot of electronics are starting to come out of china, all cheap as chips and good quality, this maybe the start of how Japan started.