Just got a Panny DMR-EH55 recorder and to my dismay, I learned that it cannot play back PAL DVDs. From what I’ve read online, some Panasonic players can play back PAL, but the ability is disabled in the firmware. Don’t know if that is the case here or not, but when I tried to play a PAL region 0 disc it says “cannot play”. My previous recorder, the Philips DVDR75 played back PAL without a hitch, so I’m a bit peeved that this Panasonic doesn’t. Does anyone know of any way to get this thing to output PAL signals? Maybe a firmware that enables the function?
If not, can anyone recommend a fairly good DVD player that is not too expensive (say $30 - 60) that will output PAL signals (or do PAL to NTSC conversion)?