One 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!
Region-Free and Multi-System Electronics Blog
One 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.
If 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.
In 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.
If 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 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.
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
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Now that 4k is really starting to explode in popularity, we feel that it's important for us to cover the basics about 4k UHD Blu-ray Players, including their region-free capabilities. As region-free specialists, it's our duty to get this information out there so consumers can make informed decisions about their purchases; more importantly, so they can be sure they're getting the product & features that they're looking for and expect.
Since the release of the Samsung UBD-K8500 with 4k Ultra-HD last month (the world's first true UHD Blu-ray Player), there has been a lot of misconception floating around the web in regards to the idea that all 4k UHD Blu-ray Players are region-free. How did these rumors start and what are the facts? We're not sure exactly how they started, but let's take a closer look at the facts.
What is Region-Free?
By default, most Blu-ray Discs and DVDs utilize a special coding within disc. What this coding does is provide information that's read by the Blu-ray or DVD Player to determine if the disc is compatible with the player. Around the world, Blu-ray Discs and DVDs from specific regions are embedded with a code that is native to that region only. Likewise, most Blu-ray and DVD Players around the world are designed to only play discs that are encoded for the local region. For example, a Blu-ray Player sold in the United States is only setup to read and play discs sold in the United States. A Blu-ray Player from Asia is only setup to read and play discs sold in Asia. Attempting to play a disc from Asia in a Blu-ray Player purchased in the United States will result in an error message, and the disc simply will not play. The player is reading the disc, recognizing that it's from a different region and determining that the disc is incompatible.
The reasons for region-coding discs are many, but to keep it simple and understandable, the main reason for region-coding is that movies are not always released at the same times around the world. In some countries, movies are still being shown in the theaters while other countries already have them on Blu-ray. In order to protect profits and ensure that people aren't importing discs from overseas before movies are in theaters, the production and distribution companies (in conjunction with electronics manufacturers) developed region-coding.
Region-coding works as follows: Blu-ray discs feature 3 separate regions - A, B, and C. On the other hand, DVDs feature 9 different regions - 0 through 8. You can see a region-code map here for more information. The only discs that will play on your player are the discs sold in the same region where your player was bought; and the only way around this is to purchase a region-free blu-ray player. But we'll get to that later.
Are all 4k UHD Blu-ray Players Region-Free
No, and this is where the misconception and misinformation come into play. For some reason, manufacturers have decided not to code 4k discs by region. In other words, if you have a 4k movie title, it should play in any 4k player, regardless of what country the disc came from. However, this is only true for 4k discs. Any other disc, such as a non-4k Blu-ray or a DVD, will not play in the 4k player.
The rumors that've been circulating claim that all 4k UHD Blu-ray Players are region-free. This has created a lot of debate and confusion, and it also has many consumers deciding that they need to purchase a new 4k UHD Blu-ray Player so they can watch movies from anywhere in the world. Again, this could not be further from the truth.
A real region-free player will play any disc, from anywhere in the world. The ability of 4k Players to play any 4k disc does not make the player region-free. In fact, as 4k becomes more widespread on the global marketplace, the discs may very well be region-coded. For all we know, the only reason these discs aren't being coded as of yet is to help promote growth of 4k technology - nothing more than a marketing tactic. While we cannot verify the reasoning behind 4k being regionless, we can definitely assure you that a 4k Player will not play standard Blu-ray or DVD discs from any region.
Region-Free 4k, Blu-ray and DVD Players
The only way to ensure that you can play any disc - be it 4k, Blu-ray or DVD - from any region in the world is to purchase a Region-Free 4k Blu-ray Player. These units are not available in stores, and they're sold only through retailers who specialize in Region-Free electronics. These specialty retailers professionally modify their units and carry the same exact models as major retailers.
One of the biggest problems is that people will see a specific brand & model of Blu-ray Player being sold by a Region-Free retailer and assume that they can purchase that same model from Best Buy and it too, will be region-free. These people will then purchase foreign discs and attempt to play them, only to realize that the player is not region-free, leaving them in a state of confusion. The ONLY way to get a region-free model is to purchase one from a region-free retailer.
As specialists in region-free electronics and with over 35 years in the industry, we hope that this article was able to help clear up some of the confusion. While we'd hope that anyone who is looking to shop for a region-free player would purchase one from us, we're more concerned with getting the facts out there. The bottom line is that there's only one way to acquire a true Region-Free 4k Bluray Player, and it's by purchasing through a reputable, region-free retailer.
In the last few years we've seen many interesting advancements in TV technology. The introduction of Smart TVs into the market was the beginning of big change; namely the ability to incorporate your theater system into your home network (or vice versa), allowing for endless opportunities to share, sync, record, and upload all types of media - from your favorite movies to your music playlists, photo albums and more. What seemed impossible just 10 years ago is not only possible, it's now commonplace.
The widespread use of smartphones over the last decade has resulted in a seemingly effortless ability to snap pictures, record video and share media on the go. But what good is this tech if it's limited to the smartphone??? Manufacturers began to take note of this, and in response they developed a whole new breed of TV to compliment the growing arena of mobile technology and on-demand media.
While the Smart TV isn't necessarily breaking news, the technology continues to advance as top manufacturers continue to fine-tune their devices, employ improved features, and develop more effective user interfaces for consumers to enjoy. What began as TVs with semi-functional web browsers and a handful of hardly useful features has progressed into built-in Wi-Fi, thousands of apps, and the ability to use your smartphone to control your home theater from anywhere in your house. While some features are more useful than others, one thing is for sure - Smart TVs are here to stay, and they're only going to get better.
While there's literally been an explosion of new features, there are a few major factors contributing to the growing success of the Smart TV. Let's take a look at them and how they've changed the home theater experience forever.
Built In Wi-Fi
One of the biggest advancements of all, built in Wi-Fi is responsible for the majority of a Smart TV's cutting edge features. When TVs first began to utilize internet connections, they were hardwired with an ethernet connection. While this was a neat feature to have, it was hardly a game changer. Limiting the user to web browsing and other basic tasks which were often painfully slow when compared to an actual computer, it lent very little in the realm of productivity.
When Smart TVs began to feature built in Wi-Fi, it opened the doors for endless functionality. Combined with bluetooth, users can now send all types of media wirelessly across their home network, from their mobile devices to their TV with as little as a few clicks. Massive music libraries can be accessed from your TV screen and played on premium quality surround sound systems without the use of cables or adapters. Pictures from your recent vacation can be viewed by the whole family on a 60-inch screen. Instead of using your small mobile screen to show your friends that hilarious video you took, you can mirror it directly to your TV in high definition. You can even make video calls (with apps like Skype) to friends or family overseas directly from your TV - something we previously could only dream of.
Although a wireless connection to the internet hardly seems like groundbreaking technology, it's paved the way for a new era in how we interact with our TV. If you want flexibility, ease of use, and access to the biggest & best selection of media & apps, built in Wi-Fi is a must have.
One of the most interesting feats in recent years is the explosion of 3D TVs into the home theater market. What used to be reserved for multi-million dollar IMAX theaters is now available right in your living room, delivering a rich, in-depth cinema experience that puts you closer to the action than ever before.
Since production companies began to collaborate with TV and Blu-ray manufacturers, 3D movie titles have become more widely available and are now a favorite of many movie fans, especially for fast-paced, graphic packed action and adventure films.
While the 3D TV experience requires the use of special glasses (usually included with the TV), it doesn't allow you to watch just anything in 3D. To enjoy this technology, you'll need to watch media that's been filmed & formatted for 3D. In other words, you can't simply watch football, the news, or your normal cable channels in 3D. On the upside, some of the most visually rich films of recent years (including many children's titles) are available for purchase in 3D Blu-ray format and an increasing number of specialty cable channels and streaming media services are beginning to offer 3D media for your viewing enjoyment.
One of the newest and most promising developments in the world of TV is the 4K Ultra-HD TV. The standard for as long as we can remember - 1080p HD - is now taking a backseat to the unfathomable clarity and depth offered by 4K resolution. The new 3840 x 2160 pixel format translates to double the resolution of standard HD, causing many to react with excitement and disbelief at how the crystal clear image produced by 1080P HD and Blu-ray technology could possibly be improved upon.
While 4k technology has been available to the consumer for nearly 2 years, it got off to a rather slow start - mainly due to the lack of supporting media available for purchase. However, as film makers and production companies realized the demand for titles in 4K resolution, they began to deliver. Today, more and more movie titles are being offered in 4K and several major cable providers - as well as TV networks - have began to offer 4K services to their customers.
One of the current issues with 4K Ultra HD is the delivery of content via streaming media services. With double the resolution of standard HD comes double the data. This means that your internet needs to transfer twice as much information. This can often be problematic for streaming services that buffer media and allow you to watch while the remainder is being downloaded in real-time. In recent months this issue is being dealt with via a variety of methods, including increased internet speeds for 4K use. So while your favorite youtube videos aren't yet available in 4K, the movie industry and many sports networks are already offering 4K Ultra HD in full swing. As 4K continues to develop in popularity and availability, it's going to leave 1080p as nothing but a distant memory. If you're in the market for a new TV, now's the time to make sure you purchase a 4k model.
With all the new technology available, it's a shame that the one thing manufacturers aren't offering is a TV that can be used anywhere in the world. While it might seem like a trivial request to many people, we're living in a world where flexibility is paramount and international business has made travel into a lifestyle for many. Furthermore, the ability to research and communicate globally has ushered in a new generation of travelers and expatriates whose homes and destinations are often overseas. But what is one to do when their new TV isn't compatible in another country??? This issue is easily resolved and avoided with the purchase of a multi-system TV.
Multisystem models are professionally modified units that are compatible with any voltage, from 110 volts to 240 volts. They also work with all major color systems such as PAL, NTSC and Secam, which means they'll work with a foreign cable box or Blu-ray player. There's no special adapters or converters necessary, everything comes built in to the unit. At a price not much higher than a normal TV and with all the standard features and capabilities of a Smart TV, a multisystem unit is an excellent investment for anyone planning to travel or relocate overseas. These models are also ideal for RVs and yachts, which generally operate with 220-volt electricity. They offer an unparallelled value and guaranteed compatibility, no matter where your travels take you.
For more information on Multisystem Smart TVs, be sure to visit a trusted resource as these models are not available in department stores. As a distributor and retailer of multisystem electronics for over 35 years, 220-Electronics has the experience & inventory to meet your needs. In addition to our knowledge, we offer the guaranteed lowest prices anywhere.
Visit our website today to browse from the top brand name Smart TVs, equipped with today's must-have features like Wi-Fi, 3D, and 4K Ultra-HD.