Unlock Region Code for the LG DVD Player LH-T550

There are many sites on the internet that want you to pay them to provide unlock codes for DVD players. While they have obviously done a lot of research it isn't that hard so here it is for "free".

I don't know how to unlock any other brands or models of DVD players as I only own LG equipment. I paid $A$75.00 to have the local LG service centre unlock a previous model LG DVD player for me so I was a trifle upset when I found out how easy it was to do myself for free.

This worked for my player and should work for most LG DVD players. Perform ALL of the steps using the remote control (including turning it on and off etc) and not from the front panel buttons.

  1. Turn the player on (without disc inserted)
  2. Open the disc tray
  3. Press PAUSE
  4. Enter either 000 or 0000 (until the player displays your current region code)
  5. Enter desired region code (1-6 or 0=region free)
  6. Press ENTER (may or may not need to do this step depending on the model)
  7. Press PAUSE
  8. Close the disc tray (may not need to do this)
  9. Turn it off

What are the Region Codes

1USA, Canada
2Japan, Europe, South Africa, Middle East, Greenland
3S.Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Parts of South East Asia
4Australia, New Zealand, Latin America (including Mexico)
5Eastern Europe, Russia, India, Africa
7Reserved for Unspecified Special Use
8Reserved for Cruise Ships, Airlines, etc...
0 or ALLDiscs are not coded and can be played Worldwide

The purpose of Region encoding is to allow the movie makers and distributors to control when movies are released world-wide so that a movie can be released in the USA months earlier than anywhere else in the world and they may even have released the DVD prior to the theatre release in some countries. Because those countries cannot buy DVDs from the USA and play them on their region coded DVD player then this protects the theatre earnings of that movie.

Also region encoding enables the movie maker and distributor to charge more for movies in affluent countries than in poorer countries movie watchers in the affluent countries cannot buy movies from the poorer countries and expect them to play on their players.

Even if you have a region free DVD player, PAL discs must be played in a PAL-compatible unit and NTSC discs must be played in an NTSC-compatible unit. This is not much of a problem these days as most TVs and DVD players can play both PAL and NTSC.