For the movie buff, buying DVDs is part of the hobby, and if you are one, you might find yourself shopping for discs of your favorite movies wherever you go, even abroad. The problem is that you might not be able to play some of them at home if they come from a different region. You will not have to worry about that when you have an international DVD player, a region-free appliance that can play discs from regions zero to nine. This means it can play SECAM, NTSC, and PAL DVD discs. Some models are also able to automatically convert to SECAM, NTSC, or PAL output, so you can still watch foreign movies on any television without relying on external video converters.
The features of an international DVD player will vary per model or brand. For instance, a multi-system all-region DVD player by Pioneer has HDMI and plays video in 1080p, and supports USB playback. Rest assured, it will play DVDs from any country regardless of your TV. It can also play discs like VCDs, CDs, SVCDs, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD-R DL, and CD-R and CD-RW. Likewise, it supports DVD+R or +R DL and +RW in video mode, and it will deliver high-quality video and audio. DivX playback is also supported. High-quality international DVD players can restore sound quality when you listen to compressed audio files, like WMA and MP3.
You can also find an international DVD player that can play other formats, like AVI. High-definition conversion is possible with HDMI, especially when connected to a TV that supports the connection. This way, you can watch in full HD regardless of the actual video source.
Some international DVD players are portable, and they can be practical if you want to be able to watch your favorite movies anywhere. They come with a seven-inch TFT widescreen LCD with a 180-degree swivel display and they are powered by a built-in rechargeable lithium battery or an AC adapter, in case you need to plug it in. You could also enjoy playback in your vehicle with a 12-volt DC adapter.