The bigger "name" brands often don't play svcd, whereas the lesser known and cheapie brands usually do. I bought an Omni (about 18 months ago, plays everything, region-free and no macrovision) and am very happy with it, but I don't know about their current models. My daughter just bought an LG slimline which plays everything. The best way is to take an svcd into the store and try it first. I suspect some may play them but don't necessarily list it on the box.