Hi Iris, I really hate the way that these manufacturers deliberately make it difficult to be sure of what you’re buying and how extensively the product can be used.
I think that if it plays PAL & NTSC this only refers to the compatibility with the TV and has little to do with the ‘zones’ it will play. This would certainly help if you had DVDs shipped out from Europe as they’re PAL over there but the player would have to be a multi-zone player.
I bought a Philips 711 and it only played local zone DVDs. I took it to a video/DVD rental shop just off Shida and the chap there ‘fixed’ it for me (and a couple of mates) and it will now play all zones (this is what makes my cross; the companies actually put chips in, i believe, to restrict the players use). It cost NT$1,000 to have the chip removed. Most DVDs i buy are from the States, region 1.
I would suggest taking a selection of discs to the shop and asking for a demonstration before purchase.
All in all, it’s a real shit fight.
By the way, totally agree with your post yesterday about everyone being really bitchy…great wasn’t it!!