Have you looked in the settings for a region code option? It may be there in the menu someplace. I would call Sony Support and tell them you have many region 1 DVDs, and ask is there a way to play them. I imagine there could be many senarios where someone moved to the UK from the USA, does that mean their DVD Collection is now worthless? I have to believe there is an answer for this, maybe a firmware that Sony will give you. I am just guessing here but it seems that they should give you at least 1 chance to change the region code without having to jump though hoops. Sorry if I could not be of more help. Happy Holidays.