kings of multiregion DVD players.
Hell, they even sell a modded PS2 which plays all region DVDs.
Difference there is that the DVD was region 0, meaning it had no regional protection, and could be played on any DVD compatible system; but as pb also pointed out, the Americans do get DVD releases (as well as film releases in general) around 1 month earlier than us. So the timing essentially allows you to buy the film on DVD while it's still screening here.
Most of SR's players are multi-region capable (see my topic below on the cyberhome 505 if you're thinking of buying it, or the 402 model they have for £79.99, it contains a few corrections to Darkus' review), these players don't require a chip or modification, as they come with the engineer's code provided.
Essentially, anyone who works in the industry is given the engineer code via the manufacturer, it allows them to set the region lock - meaning the maker can create one system instead of a seperate one for each country. The suppliers merely input the code, and set the player to the neccesary region afterwards.
Normally these codes aren't available to the general public (they're not even supposed to know about the fact they're being ripped off by the whole region lock mullarky), but SR along with various other companies have managed to get hold of them, and provide instructions for bypassing region protection with the player.
> You truly are the understated king of the n00b's. pb has won 34!
> AAAAArrrrrrgg. I have never tried as I have no console to speak of
> (well a GBA)
Some day I will be pb. I will steal his skin and make a coat from it.
> Deary me. A six time GAD winner doesn't know what multi-region
> You know you have a won a GAD every 11.16 days! Astounding.
It used to be every 9 days, I let myself slip.
You know you have a won a GAD every 11.16 days! Astounding.
DVDs are split in to regions, and most of the normal DVD players are stopped from playing those from other countries due to the distribution rights being different in different countries (ie Sony sells their own discs in the US, but Columbia Tristar sells them here.)
Having the player chipped, or (as in SR's DVDs) having a code to type in to the remote, means that you can watch all the films from all the countries, meaning you have more choice, especially where films in the US haven't come out on DVD over here.
Some older players will not play the new RCE (region coding enhanced) discs though, as this is a new system that the DVD disc makers have designed to stop more people watching the discs, but as far as I know all the SR DVD Players will play these.