How to make Philips DVP3880 zone free

Motion pictures publishers may have their reasons, but DVD region copy protection was always an annoying issue, of little value for users.

Interestingly enough, although DVD players manufacturer were somehow forced to lock their devices to a certain region, there still exist some manufacturer reasonable enough to circumvent this restriction.

One such manufacturer, that deserve all our consideration, is Philips. It is true that by default their DVD players are zone locked, but it is equally true that most of them have backdoors allowing to unlock them using a very easy to follow procedure.


For example, for the new DVP3880, you have to:

  1. power On the DVD player with no disc inside
  2. go to Setup
  3. go to Preferences
  4. with preferences highlighted, press the Next/Previous Chapter buttons (placed left and right the Play button, on the remote control) twice, in the following succession: >|,  |<,  >|,  |< (next, previous, next, previous)
  5. the display will show the current Region Code (2 in my case)
  6. press the Navigation Up or Navigation Down buttons to select 0 (zero) for region free 
  7. press Ok to confirm your region selection

That’s all, from this moment on, the player should accept any disk, regardless the region it is marked for.

Please note that the same procedure should apply to DVP3860, which is technical identical, but is sold without the analog cable.


About Liviu Ionescu (ilg)
Hi! My name is Liviu Ionescu (ilg, ilegeul or eunete for colleagues and friends) and I’m a senior IT engineer. Or should I say a real programmer?

6 Responses to How to make Philips DVP3880 zone free

  1. Henry Thompson says:

    Many thanks you are a life saver. Just bought a DVD of Amazon wrong region. But it working now!

  2. chimel says:

    i’m also a geek of sorts…(classical music…)

    i’m really thankful that the real geeks out thee were really helpfull !


  3. William says:

    I very grateful for those who have persevered with this and succeeded. I too have been able to change it to zero then pressed Home as suggested and even tried to power off. The restart but it keeps on reverting back to region 4. We wanted to watch some old DVD’s and they were region 2. So i really would appreciate any help on this one please.


    • Liviu Ionescu says:

      Is your player a new version of the DVP3880 or a completely different model? For a new model you should check on the internet, there must be a different procedure to unlock it.

      Good luck!

  4. Jesús says:

    Tengo un DVD DVP3880-12 y no soy capaz de cambiar la zona de región, actualmente tengo la zona 2 y quisiera fuese libre agradecería información para desbloque del DVD.
    Muchas Gracias de antemano

    • Liviu Ionescu says:

      Hola Jesús, unfortunately I have no experience with newer models, if you followed the steps and still could not unlock the player, I suggest you search for updated procedures on the net.

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