How to Unlock Regions on a Samsung DVD-SH853

Updated April 17, 2017

The Samsung DVD-SH853 is a DVD recorder but, as with most other DVD recorders, it is able to also play DVD movies. DVDs and DVD players are created with a piece of data that is known as region encoding. This encoding varies based on geographical location, but is primarily used so DVDs and DVD players from the same region are compatible. However, this can become troublesome when you are attempting to play a DVD from a different region. If you are attempting to do this on your Samsung DVD-SH853, then you must first remove the region encoding.

Turn on your DVD player, then remove any disc that is in the tray. Close the tray when it is empty, then turn off the DVD player.

Press the "Power" button on your remote control, then press the "Repeat" button once the player has loaded and indicated that there is no disc present.

Press the button sequence for the geographical region where you purchased your DVD player.

Region 1 (United States, Canada) - 2, 9, 3, 3, 4

Region 2 (Europe, Middle East, South Africa, Japan) - 5, 7, 5, 3, 8

Region 3 (South East Asia) - 5, 6, 7, 3, 2

Region 4 (South America, Australia) - 7, 6, 8, 8, 4

Region 5 (Rest of Asia, Russia, Rest of Africa) - 5, 3, 8, 1, 4

Region 6 (China) - 2, 4, 4, 6, 2

After you have input this information, the current region will be displayed at the top left corner of the screen.

Press the button corresponding to the region that you would like to switch your DVD player to. If you wish to be able to play any region of DVD, then press "9."

Press the "Open" button on your remote control, then leave the tray open for 15 seconds.

Press the "Power" button on your remote control to close the tray and turn off the DVD player. The next time you turn on your DVD player, it will be switched to the region code you just selected.


The button presses during the unlock process must be entered very quickly. Try and memorise the process beforehand to avoid having to start over.


There are essentially no prompts from the player telling you when to press a button, or whether your effort has been successful. You will only know that the process has worked when you are able to correctly play a DVD that had previously been unplayable.

Things You'll Need

  • Samsung DVD-SH853 remote control
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Matthew Burley has been a writer of online content since 2005. You can view many of his articles on Burley holds a Bachelor of Science in political science from Arizona State and a Master of Science in computer information systems from the University of Phoenix.