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Region-Free and Multi-System Electronics Blog

  • Portable Region-Free DVD Players

    portable region-free dvd playersWhen you're traveling, it's not always easy to watch a movie on your laptop or tablet. Without the availability of a solid internet connection to access streaming media services such as Netflix, you'll have to rely on movies that have been downloaded to your device. Often, this can be more of a hassle than it's worth. Of course you can carry discs around and play them on your laptop, but not all of us travel with a laptop or are able to plugin anywhere to comfortably watch a movie. Fortunately there's an inexpensive, simple, and global solution - portable Region-Free DVD players.
     
    Especially popular with frequent travelers or those wishing to save space over a full-size player, these portable players are capable of fitting neatly into your luggage or backpack. If you're on the go or prefer to watch your DVD on the portable DVD player's screen, you can do it easily - but you can also connect to a TV and watch movies just like you would with a regular DVD Player. Since they're region-free, there's no worries about compatibility. The players have built-in PAL/NTSC conversion which allows them to work with any TV, they have dual voltage (works with 110 - 240 volts) so there's never a need for a voltage converter, and they'll play discs from any region in the world which means you can purchase and play movies from any foreign country.
     
    Available in a variety of different models with screen sizes ranging from 7 to 10 inches, you can pick up your own Portable Region-Free DVD Player for as little as $65. Keep in mind that these aren't reserved for travelers; they are useful for anyone who requires portability and ease of use. They're perfect for college students living in dorms, anyone who purchases foreign movies, and anyone who wants a multi-purpose player than can be used both at home and on the go. Check out all of our portable region-free dvd players today and get the flexibility you've been looking for!

  • Moving Overseas with Appliances and Electronics

    moving overseas with appliances and electronicsIf you're heading overseas for an extended period of time, whether for business or retirement, you're probably overwhelmed with preparations. From renting or buying real estate to dealing with the immigration process and deciding what belongings you'll be taking along on your move, moving overseas can be quite a daunting task.
     
    What about your electronics? What about major appliances like a refrigerator, microwave, or washer and dryer? What about kitchen appliances? Are you planning to purchase these overseas when you arrive at your destination? Are you ready to deal with salesmen trying to sell you overpriced appliances from a sad selection of brands and models? Are you prepared to negotiate in a foreign language? Are you sure you're going to get what you want at a fair price - or will you end up settling for whatever is available to avoid the hassle of shopping around? In a foreign country, making a major purchase can prove to be a major hassle. Luckily, there are other options to consider that can reduce your stress, simplify the purchasing process and ensure you're getting the best value for your dollar.
     
    As a retailer of electronics and appliances for overseas use, and as specialists in international relocation, 220 Electronics can streamline your overseas move. We have a huge selection of electronics and appliances, specifically designed for 220 volt use. We carry the latest, most popular models from the top brand names around the world, priced to sell at the best prices anywhere. With over 35 years of experience, we have the understanding and the experience to help you choose the proper electronics and appliances for your specific needs.
     
    It works like this: You contact us for a hassle-free, no obligation consultation. We can discuss the details of your move, what you're interested in purchasing, and what types of options or features you're looking for, including any specific brands you're after. We can then put together a list of the products and models that are best suited to your specifications and provide you with an itemized price sheet. You can view the products online via our website, compare prices with competitors, and add or remove products as necessary. When you're ready to make your purchase, we can help you decide whether to ship your items to you before your move, or whether you'd like us to ship them directly to your destination. If you prefer, we'll even wait until you arrive at your foreign destination before you ship so you can have the peace of mind that you'll be there to receive everything.
     
    Our goal is to assist you with your move by making the process as simple and efficient as possible. We take the stress out of moving overseas with appliances and electronics. Our returning customer base and view our ratings and reviews prove that we're the best around and deliver satisfaction time and time again.
     
    What are you waiting for? Get your free relocation consultation today. We'll make your life easier so you can focus on the technical details of your move. We hope to hear from you soon!
     
    - 220 Electronics

  • Region Free Sony Blu-ray Players with Playstation Now

    region free sony blu-ray players with playstation nowOne of the last features you might expect to see from a Region Free Blu-ray Player is the ability to play video games, but Sony has just changed all that. As of the time of this writing, all 2016 Sony Blu-ray Players are equipped with Playstation Now access.
     
    As a leader in both the gaming and home electronics industry, Sony made an unprecedented move by combining two of their biggest talents - home theater and gaming - into all of their new Blu-ray models, giving consumers an improved value for their dollar and leaving their competitors unable to compete. After all, Sony is the only Blu-ray manufacturer who also has their own gaming system, therefore, the only manufacturer (as of right now) able to make this ingenious power move.
     
    If you're still wondering how they've managed to do this (or what Playstation Now is and how it works) keep reading.
     
    Playstation Now is a cloud-based gaming service, based off the ever-popular Playstation Gaming Console. It allows users to subscribe and enjoy streaming gaming not only from the Playstation Console itself but also from other Sony devices, with Sony Blu-ray Players being the latest addition. It works like any internet-based subscription, and subscribers can log-in and play from anywhere (with an enabled device). Users can even save their game progress on one device and then continue their game on a different device. All you need to play is your Region Free Sony Blu-ray Player and a Playstation DualShock 4 controller. You can plug the controller directly into the Blu-ray Player's frontal USB port and game away!
     
    There are different levels of subscriptions available which include both short-term and long-term game rentals. You can subscribe and pay for nothing more than the games they choose to rent, or you can subscribe with a monthly or quarterly subscription which allows for unlimited access to all available games. Prices for monthly subscriptions start at $19.99 per month for unlimited service. Currently, there are over 400 games available on the Playstation Now service with more being added each week.
     
    The only downside is that the titles currently offered are all Playstation 3 games, which is primarily due to meeting the needs of the average user - as well as global streaming media standards. Sony wants to keep data transfer rates that are acceptable for a majority of internet users and not just those with ultra-fast internet speeds. In order to achieve quality gaming, Sony has optimized Playstation Now to work with the average internet connection but it's recommended that users have a 5mb per second for good quality experience. In the future, as technology allows and as internet speeds continue to improve, newer titles will be added.
     
    As far as we're concerned, Sony's move of combining Playstation Now with their Blu-ray Players offers a truly powerful and convenient platform; one that says a lot about where the future of gaming is headed. They've literally shed a completely new light on both home theater and gaming.
     
    As specialists in Region-Free Blu-ray players, we naturally carry the Region Free Sony Blu-ray Players with Playstation Now. All of the latest 2016 models are in stock and ready to ship today. If you're interested in purchasing one or learning more, check out Region-Free Sony Blu-ray Players with Playstation Now today. Don't forget, we offer the lowest pricing in the world, guaranteed!

  • Voltage Transformers for North America

    voltage transformers for north americaIf you're planning a vacation or holiday in North America, it's important to be prepared. Generally, you'll need to arrange for airline tickets, hotels and any activities you plan to pursue - but what about your electronics? Many people venture overseas to foreign countries each year without considering how - or if - they'll be able to use their electronics at their destination.
     
    The standard electrical voltage varies from country to country and from region to region around the globe, often making it difficult to use electronics and personal devices while you're traveling. For example, Europe uses a standard of 220 volts while North America uses 110. What this means is that all electronics sold in Europe are designed to work only with 220 (or 240) volt electricity, and all North American electronics are designed only for use with 110 (or 120) volts. Any attempt to use electronics with the improper voltage can result in damaged devices, fire, or even electrocution.
     
    So what do you do when you're preparing for a special trip to North America and want to take your electronics along with you? Well, it depends what you're bringing. Many cell phone and laptop computer manufacturers design their chargers for use with any voltage, however, it's important to check the label or voltage information for your device before you travel. Other devices like electric razors, curling irons and hair dryers are usually only designed for a single voltage and will require the use of a voltage transformer for North America.
     

    What Does a Voltage Transformer for North America Do?

    Voltage transformers perform a simple but very important task - they transform the voltage up or down (depending on the type of transformer) so you can safely use your electronics in foreign countries. For anyone in a country using 220 volts who plans on visiting North America, a step-up transformer is required in order to use electronics. The step-up voltage transformer boosts the standard 110 volts used in North America up to 220 volts, meeting the voltage that your electronics were designed for and allowing you to use them without worry.
     

    What size Voltage Transformer Do I Need for North America?

    The size of the transformer depends on the number of watts your devices use. Most cell phones and electric razors use a rather low wattage. People who only plan to travel with these types of personal electronics will usually be fine using a travel voltage transformer. If you plan to bring your laptop, hair dryer, radio, Blu-ray Player or anything similar that uses a higher wattage, you'll need to purchase a step-up voltage transformer that has a wattage which is equivalent (or higher) than the wattage used by your device. For example, to use a curling iron rated at 800 watts, you will need a minimum of 800 watt set-up voltage transformer. It's recommended to use a transformer rated for double the wattage of your devices to protect against power surges or voltage fluctuations.
     

    Buying a Voltage Transformer for North America

    For more information on purchasing a voltage transformer for North America, visit our Voltage Transformer Buying Guide. It will expelling everything you need to know about choosing the proper transformer for your specific needs. You can also learn about foreign plug adapters to ensure you have the proper plug to fit the electrical outlets in North America.
     
    As specialists in international travel and foreign relocation, 220 Electronics has over 35 years of experience in dealing with electronics and voltage transformers. We also sell a variety of voltage transformers in all sizes, from 50 volts to 25,00 volts. Be sure to purchase your voltage transformer from a reputable seller and be sure you're purchasing the correct size and type to avoid any complications during your travels! Enjoy your trip to North America.

  • Multisystem Electronics: What's The Difference?

    multisystem electronicsIn today's fast-paced world of communication and travel, we expect things to be as flexible and convenient as possible. We have portable battery backups for our mobile devices, we can store our data on the cloud for easy access, and we can pay for our groceries - or our tab at the coffee shop - with a simple swipe of our cell phone. If there's a product or service that makes our lives easier, faster or more productive, you can be sure that people will want it.
     
    With electronics being one of the biggest markets in the world, it's not really a surprise that consumers and businesses alike are interested in the newest, most capable and most complete devices that money can buy. While many people won't even utilize a third of their electronic's capabilities, there are many of us who frequently squeeze every last drop of performance and capability out of our devices.
     
    You might be familiar with the term "multisystem" and you may have never heard of it - but it's another one of those technologies that allows for maximum flexibility, compatibility and usability. Multisystem technology allows people to get the most from their home electronics or personal devices when traveling abroad or moving overseas, and here's how it works.
     
    The term multisystem, generally speaking, represents a device that's capable of working with multiple systems. For example, a Multisystem TV can work at different voltages, with different standard color systems, and varying tuner frequencies. In different countries, continents and regions of the world, there are different systems for the delivery of data, electricity and audio/video compatibility.. A TV purchased in North America is not compatible with the voltage used in Europe, nor is it compatible with the european color system. In order to use your North American TV in England, you'll need a voltage converter and a video converter - at minimum. However, with a multisystem TV, it's plug-and-play. The Multisystem TV can be used with any voltage and any color system, without the need for any type of external converters. In basic terms, the multusystem TV is a global TV.
     
    Multisystem electronics are not limited to just TVs. Blu-ray players, surround sound systems and even personal electronics or small appliances are available to consumers who want products that will work anywhere in the world.
     
    Additionally, there is a wide array of products not considered to be multisystem per say, but that feature dual-voltage technology to provide global compatibility. These kind of products include home appliances and personal electronics such as hair dryers, electric razors and curling irons. They're designed to work at any voltage and can be used anywhere in the world. Both multisystem electronics and dual-voltage products are very valuable to anyone who travels, lives abroad or is planning to move overseas in the near future. These products - as mentioned before - are plug-and-play. They're designed to work everywhere without the need for additional converters, wires, adapters and the like. They completely eliminate any issues or worries about foreign compatibility, allowing you to focus on more important things than "Why did my curling iron just start on fire!???"
     
    If you're someone who frequently goes overseas or travels abroad for long periods, you'll surely understand these struggles of international compatibility - or at least have experienced it at some point. There's nothing like arriving in a comfortable hotel room after a week of hiking in the Swiss Alps; until you decide to give your face a much-needed shave and literally melt the internals of your razor because it's not designed for the 220-volt electricity used in Switzerland. It can be a rather stressful learning lesson, but it doesn't have to be. Whether you've experienced these setbacks before or are just learning about them, multisystem electronics and dual-voltage electronics can eliminate the hassles.
     
    As specialists in multusystem electronics, dual voltage electronics and international relocation with over 35 years experience, 220 Electronics can help you eliminate the worries about using your electronics and/or appliances overseas. We carry a large selection of multisystem electronics, dual-voltage electronics, and home appliances designed for global use and 220 bolt use. Better yet, we're the only retailer of these devices who guarantees the lowest prices in the world. For more information on our products, our inventory or our relocation services, visit our website at 220-Electronics.com today. Get up to speed with the flexibility and convenience offered by multisystem and dual-voltage electronics and never face annoying compatibility complications again.

  • Voltage Converters and Foreign Plug Adapters for Overseas Travel

    voltage converters and foreign plug adaptersIf you're heading abroad this summer - whether for a week or a month - you need to be sure you're prepared to take your electronics with you. Electrical voltage varies from continent to continent, and even from country to country. This means that your electronics may not be compatible with the higher (or lower) voltage in your destination country. In order to prevent damage to your devices or even electrical shock, it's important to plan ahead by purchasing a voltage converter to take with you.
     
    If you're from North America and traveling to Europe for example, your electronics are designed for 120 volts only. Since Europe uses 220 volts, attempting to plug in your North American radio or electric razor without a converter will surely ruin your device because it's too much voltage for it to handle. Utilizing a voltage converter will ensure that the electricity going to your device is the same voltage that it was designed for, allowing you to use it safely and without worry. There's a wide variety of types, sizes and styles of voltage converters available, but for simple vacation travel we recommend a basic travel voltage converter. It's capable of handling low-watt electronics such as cell phone chargers, electric razors, radios, tablets and more. They're also relatively small, inexpensive and can be easily tucked away into your suitcase or backpack.
     
    You'll also need to be sure you have some plug adapters to take along with you, since foreign countries have different styles of wall outlets than North America. There's actually up to 10 different types of plugs and wall outlets that are widely used around the world, and a voltage converter without a plug adapter is going to be pretty useless to you. Luckily, 220-Electronics has you covered. We carry an assortment of voltage converters and plug adapters for any place in the world, making it possible to use your electronics wherever you travel to.
     
    One of our top selling travel voltage converters and foreign plug adapters is a $24 kit which includes a converter and plug adapters of every type. It's perfect for basic use and can get you through your travels without ruining your electronics or having to buy overpriced converters when arriving at your destination. They're also perfect for world travelers because of their flexibility for use in any country - everything is included in a neat and compact kit. travel voltage converter and plug adapter kit, or you can view our complete inventory of voltage conveters here.
     
    Wherever you're traveling to this year, be sure you're prepared with voltage converters and foreign plug adapters. It's never fun to be in a foreign location without access to your most basic needs like a cell phone, camera or electric toothbrush. A well-prepared traveler is a happy traveler. Enjoy your adventures!

  • It's finally here! The Region Free Samsung UBD-K8500 4K Blu-ray Player

    region free samsung ubd-k8500 4k blu-ray playerIt's been a long time in the making, but Samsung has finally released the world's first 4K Blu-ray Player. Prior to its release, the only 4k available in Blu-ray was an up-scaling option that many manufacturers offer - a higher resolution than 1080p HD, but still not true 4K resolution.
     
    With the release of the Samsung UBD-K8500 several weeks ago, there is finally something to play the growing number of 4K Blu-ray titles that have been released lately. Also, something to pair with the 4K TVs that have been on the market for well over a year. We're finally able to experience true 4K Blu-ray in all its glory, which is great news. In addition, there are plenty of other great features packed into the UBD-K8500. It's on the cutting edge of technology from every aspect, and definitely something you'll want to pick up if you're interested in experiencing home cinema like never before.
     
    The player we sell here at 220 Electronics is a region-free model. If you're not familiar with that term, it means this player isn't locked to a specific region of disc playback. Most players only play discs from their region. For example, Blu-ray discs imported from Europe or Japan will not play on a North American player, and vice-versa. Region Free Samsung UBD-K8500 4K Blu-ray Player will play Blu-ray discs and DVDs from anywhere in the world, from all regions. On top of that, it features dual voltage. Since the standard voltage (electricity at the outlet) varies from continent to continent and often country to country, most players are no good overseas or in foreign countries. With our Region Free Samsung UBD-K8500, you can use it at any voltage. This means it will work in any country, or onboard your RV or Boat. It's a very flexible player that can be taken anywhere and can play any disc. Keep in mind, retailers do not sell the Region Free model and you won't find it in Wal-mart or Best Buy.
     
    The UBD-K8500 is also equipped with 3D playback. If you own a 3D TV, you can watch 3D Blu-ray titles in the convenience of your home and experience that surreal depth that at one time was only available in theaters. While there's not an abundance of 3D titles out, there's surely enough to enjoy and more are being released each day. It's a great feature to have for anyone interested in the 3D experience.
     
    One of the most important features for most people, including ourselves is Wi-Fi. The UBD-K8500 has it built-in so you can connect to the internet easily and without messy cables. (If you prefer to have a wired connection, it does feature an ethernet port for optimal speeds and the most secure connection.) Connecting to the internet and your home network opens up a world of possibilities with the UBD-K8500. From streaming media services like Netflix, Hulu and Pandora to its DLNA capability that makes it easy to share media from any wireless device in your home, it's something we have a hard time living without. You can connect wirelessly to the music or movies on your laptop and play them right on your surround sound or TV screen within seconds - that's a valuable feature all by itself. Furthermore, screen mirroring gives you the option of sharing your smartphone or tablet's screen on your TV for easily watching videos or sharing pictures. It's really unlimited what you can do. Any media, from any device in your home can be shared with this player. This really minimizes the need for cables, converters, discs, USB drives, etc. and makes life both easier and more enjoyable.
     
    As far as handling audio & video, the Region Free Samsung UBD-K8500 does an excellent job. It handles a wide variety of popular video formats such as MPEG, MKV, WMV, AVI, and AVCHD and plays all major disc formats including UHD BD-ROM, BD-ROM, 3D-BD, BD-R, BD-RE, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, CD-Audio, CD-R, and CD-RW. It also handles popular audio formats such as MP3, WMA, AAC, AIFF, ALAC, FLAC, WAV, and OGG.
     
    If you plan to use the K8500 with surround sound, you'll be pleased to know that the UHD-8500 features multi-channel (up to 7.1) high-definition audio decoding for Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby True HD, DTS HD High Resolution, and DTS-HD Master Audio. You're getting the world's best resolution of 4K Ultra-HD, plus world class audio to match!
     
    Some other notable features of the Region Free UBD-K8500 include:
     
    • CD to MP3 Ripping, which lets you turn your music CDs into digital MP3 files with the use of a USB storage device.
    • Dual HDMI Outputs for optimal connectivity.
    • Frontal USB port for easy access.
    • Wi-Fi Direct, which allows you to connect to wireless devices via Bluetooth. This means there's no need for internet use to share & play files between devices.
     
    Samsung really did a great job with this model. From 4K and 3D to a world of streaming and wireless possibilities, you'll have an endless source of entertainment and playback options. And thanks to its Region Free capabilities, you can take the player anywhere and play discs from all over the world. It's impressive to say the least. For more information or to get your own, Samsung UBD-K8500 Region Free Blu-ray Player. It's a solid choice for anyone who wants the best Blu-ray Technology available.

  • Best Home Theater Systems For Expats Offer Worldwide Compatibility

    Sony Multisystem Home Theater

    Have you thought about how you’ll keep yourself entertained at home overseas? If music and movies rank high on your list, you’ll need to consider that your current home theater system probably won’t work abroad.

    Expat Home Theater Systems Combat World Conversion Conflicts Abroad

    Welcome to the confusing world of voltage conversion, foreign video conversion, DVD region codes and Blu-Ray region codes. Click on these links to understand how this world coding system can impact your ability to play your favorite media. For example, a DVD disc from Region 1 (USA and Canada) won’t play on a DVD player from Region 2 (Europe and Japan.) And there are a total of 6 regions worldwide. The good new is, there’s a simple solution to all the confusion.

    Multisystem, Region-Free Home Theater Systems Solve The Problem

    The best home theater systems for expat living are multisystem and region-free for use worldwide. They’re manufactured by top brands like Panasonic, Pioneer, Yamaha, Sony, Samsung, Klipsch, LG and Bose. But they’re not available through most retailers. The model choices and brand selections may be limited (if you can find them at all) in your foreign expat destination. Specialty retailers’ online stores typically ship worldwide. And in many cases, shipping may be free.

    Modern home theater systems require at least one display device and a sound system. Sounds simple, right? But CEPro, a leading trade publication for professionals involved in the custom electronics business, cites these 6 Hot Home Theater Trends for 2016:

    6 Hot Home Theater Trends

    1. Multiple Screens: Gives you more than one viewing option in a media room.
    2. Hybrid Space: Includes family room, game room, media room in a single space.
    3. Social Networking: Post social network updates while watching television.
    4. Networking Media: Internet-connected Blu-Ray Players, Gaming Consoles, Apple TV and other.
    5. Floor Standing Soundbar Speakers: Fills your room with the clearest audio.
    6. Value: Get high performance, feature-rich components at a lower cost.

    The typical expat living scenario may not call for multiple screens. But the trend for creating a "hybrid space" seems pretty spot on, wouldn't you say? And free-standing speakers and soundbars accommodate your flex space better than built-ins. Not to mention you get much higher quality sound from your speakers when they're not enclosed.

    Once you've agreed how to configure your media room, you can focus on how to configure your home theater. Regardless of the sizes and numbers of screens and speakers you choose, there are a few standard features you should make sure you include for the best electronic experience abroad.

    5 Top Standard Features In Home Theater Systems For Expats

    1. Region Free Coding: Plays Blu-Ray DVDs, Standard DVDs and CDs from anywhere in the world.
    2. Multisystem support. (Supports NTSC, PAL, SECAM)
    3. 110-240 volts 50-60 hertz
    4. USB input (Play media from external devices, like your phone or camera.)
    5. HDMI Output (Connect HDMI compatible devices, like a Blu-ray player.)

    Add Smart Features For The "Most Flexible" Media Experience

      • 3D Blu-ray Playback: View 3D movies with special 3D glasses.
      • Wifi Built-in: Avoid the cable clutter with wireless connectivity.
      • Internet Streaming capabilities:  Stream from Youtube, Netflix, Amazon, Vudu, Picasa, Pandora and a multitude more apps.
      • Bluetooth capabilities:  Stream audio wirelessly from your cellular phone, tablet, computer or any other Bluetooth compatible device.
      • Networking Capabilities: Connect external streaming devices like Apple TV or Fire TV. Or gaming consoles like Xbox or PlayStation

    Smart TV

    "By 2019, more than 50% of TV households in Japan, the US, the UK, France and Germany will have smart TVs [ according to IHS]," writes a Broadband TV news correspondent.

    Add Surround Sound & Ultra HD 4K For The "Ultimate" Media Experience

    The butter on the popcorn? Powerful multi-channel surround sound speakers and Ultra HD 4K simulate a live cinema, coliseum or auditorium experience. Home theater systems are “giving way to soundbar/subwoofer systems because they offer an easy way to fill a room with audio,” says Peter Tribeman of Atlantic Technology, an audio engineering company. And according to TechRadar.com, “4K Ultra-High Definition will define the future of television.”  

    When you invest in electronics for expat living, it only makes sense to invest in technologies that are here to stay awhile. Likewise, investing in region-free multi-system components is like buying global insurance. You can take your investment anywhere you go. 

    Don't limit your entertainment choices abroad. Seek the advice of a region-free, multi-system electronics expert before you purchase. Request a free consultation online or call 220 Electronics at 847-640-9000 (International). Dial 877-578-0587 in the U.S.

    View Our Multisystem/Region-Free Home Theaters.

    View Our Multisystem TVs.

  • Best Blu-Ray DVD Players For Expats Are Region-Free

    Choose A Region-Free Blu-Ray DVD Player

    There’s no better way than a Region-Free Blu-Ray DVD Player to ensure you can watch your favorite movies and concerts at home abroad. Computers and SmartPhones (although they are technically media players) have much more limited functionality, and far inferior audio and video qualities, than do Blu-Ray DVD Players.

    region free 4k ultra hd blu-ray players

    Some of the best concerts and movies I’ve ever attended were in my media room at home, via Blu-Ray DVD. If you’re like I am, you may even have a small collection of movie and concert DVDs that you like to watch over and over again with friends. Or, maybe you just loathe kicking back next to someone you don’t know at the movie theater, while they frown upon your pajama pants and bedroom slippers. So you trek  down to the local DVD depot every Saturday night to rent.

    Avoid Foreign Compatibility Issues With Region-Free Blu-Ray DVD Players

    For audio and video lovers like us, nothing is worse than relocating to a foreign destination and being confined to viewing our favorite movies and concerts on a computer screen. Or suffering through at the local movie theater in a language we don’t fully understand.

    And then there are the other major compatibility issues. World voltage considerations, regional coding and foreign video conversion standards  that can prevent us from accessing our media craves at all overseas.

    But thanks to Region-Free Blu-Ray DVD Players, you and I can listen to what we want, watch anything we want, in different languages, anywhere we want... at any time around the world. Region-Free Blu-ray Players play all your regular DVDs, Blu-ray DVDs and CDs. And the reasonably-priced newest models offer tons more features to enhance your media life at home abroad.

    Consider Smart Features From The Best Region-Free DVD Players For Expats 

    The best region-free Blu-ray DVD players for expat living feature Smart technology. Here is a list of Smart features you’ll want to consider when making your purchase.

      • Wi-Fi Built-in: Conveniently connects to your modem or router wirelessly.
      • Video Streaming: Allows you to stream movies and videos from all the paid popular streaming sites, like Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon, and the best free streaming sites. You can also access content from sites like YouTube and Flickr, as well as internet radio providers like Pandora and Spotify.
      • 3D Viewing: Connect with a 3D capable TV, 3D discs and 3D glasses to view your favorite three-dimensional movies and documentaries.
      • 4K Upscaling: When connected to an Ultra HD TV, this feature converts regular high  definition to the higher 4K resolution.
      • BD Live: Gives you internet access to extra online content, like movie trailers and video games, related to your movie DVD.
      • BonusView: Allows you to access bonus content offline in a picture-in-picture layout while you’re viewing your movie.
      • DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance): Allows you to access media (including music)    stored on your personal devices that are on the same network.
      • Multi-channel Surround Sound: If you have a Dolby Digital Sound System or Digital Theater System, this will be an important feature for the ultimate sound experience.
      • Multilingual Support: Lets you choose dialog or subtitles in different languages to accommodate you new expat circle of friends.
      • USB Connections/Memory Card Slots: Allows you to play digital media files like music, videos, photos and slideshows from an external drive on your TV, and add extra memory capacity.

    For your lengthy travels to and fro, you may want to check out the new International Portable Region-Free Blu-Ray DVD Players and take a few of your DVD concerts and movies along for the ride.

    Before you purchase, check out this  Region-Free Blu-ray DVD Player Comparison Chart.

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  • Expats' Television Buying Advice: Multisystem TVs

    5 Top TV Purchasing Considerations For Expats

    When you make your decision to move your life abroad, your best intention is likely to simplify your life by getting rid of things you don’t need. But there’s one item we find most expats refuse to give up. You guessed it right--the TV.TV Cityscape

    As much as we know you don’t prefer anything “complicated,” we know purchasing a new television today can be a confusing chore. From Smart TVs with wifi, internet and app capabilities, to Plasma, LCD, LED and OLED, HDTV, and curved or flat panel aesthetics, you have so many considerations. And expat living adds even more complexity to your television purchase choices.

    So we thought we would simplify your purchasing process by explaining these top five considerations for expats moving outside North America.

    1) Your Standard North American TV Will Not Work Overseas.

    Some companies will tell you that if your TV has a digital signal, HDMI and 110-220 volt capabilities, your TV should be compatible abroad. But this is simply not true.

    Standard TV systems purchased at most “big box” retailers in North America are encoded to comply with the National Television System Committee (NTSC) color and picture quality standards in the U.S. So you can’t just go to your local electronics retailer and purchase a television that will work in your home abroad. (Error: Mode Not Supported)

    Alternatively, PAL (Phase Alternation by Line) and SECAM (Sequential Color with Memory) are the common color and quality standards outside North America (and Japan.) To comply with these popular modes overseas you must purchase a Multi-system TV.

    2) Multi-system TVs Work Anywhere In The World.

    Multisystem televisions are compatible with NTSC, PAL and SECAM standards. As opposed to NTSC 110-120 volts and 60 Hz output, multisystem TVs accommodate 110-240 volts with 50 and 60 Hz output. Aside from the fact that you can use your multisystem TV anywhere in the world, multisystem specialty retailers typically are less expensive, offer a larger brand selection and larger sizes (even 70” and above) of the latest models and technologies.

    Multi-system televisions are available in Plasma, LCD, LED and TV/DVD Combos. And they come equipped with all the top modern TV features like 3D, curved screen, wifi built-in, HD, full HD, ultra HD 4k, and built-in tuners. In most cases, the built-in tuner is not necessary outside North America when your multisystem TV is connected to a cable box or satellite receiver.

    Both Plasma and LCD and are aging technologies. But, many of our customers still prefer them. We understand you like what you like. Viewing a movie in 3D is all the rage at the box office, but it may not be your thing at home abroad. It’s a cool technology that requires a 3D DVD player and 3D glasses. Some of our expat customers find it  “complicates” their viewing capabilities a little more than necessary.

    If you’re questioning whether you need HD, full HD or ultra HD 4k, here’s the deal.

    • Good High Definition: 720 resolution
    • Very Good High Definition: Full HD - 1920 x 1080 resolution
    • Ultra High Definition: HD 4K

    3) Multi-System LED Televisions Offer The Most Modern Viewing Technology.

    In both standard and multisystem LED Televisions, panel design is a matter of aesthetic choice. Curved televisions can be wall-mounted, just like a flat-panel TV. Curved television panels allow greater flexibility in furniture positioning. You and your guests can view it equally as well from either side, as though you are sitting front and center.

    4) Multi-System Smart TVs Are A Smart Choice For Expats.

    Multi-system Smart TVs come with all the bells and whistles, including wifi and full web browser capabilities, 3D imagery and 3D glasses, voice recognition and motion control, and web apps. Think computer and TV, all-in-one.

    5) Region-Free Smart Blu-ray Players Offer Smart TV Capabilities.

    Understand Blu-Ray DVD Regions.

    Region-Free Smart Blu-ray DVD Players can lend your standard multisystem TV the same Smart functionality you get by purchasing a Smart TV. However, this requires a custom chipping process that we provide in-house using a custom DVD Region chip design to ensure your Blu-ray DVD player can play any disc, regardless of its country of origin.

    The latest Region Free Blu-Ray DVD Players even come equipped with streaming media and PlayStation capabilities.

    Whether you’re going abroad to retire in one of International Living’s Top 10 Retirement Havens, to work in one of Mercer’s Top 10 Best Cities for Expats, or anywhere else in the world, you’re wise to make sure you’re equipped with a multi-system, region-free television.

    If you have any questions, contact us for a FREE Relocation Consultation.

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