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demonix

Hunter
Turns out Zavvi ships some items from the USA using DHL so guess I'm expecting to get a customs bill?

Thats if I even get it as they didnt fill out my address correctly. I really dont trust this company
I had a package from Zavvi ship from the US via DHL and didn't get any customs charges (although, they did hand it off to the absolute worst delivery company to deliver it)
 

awadama fever

Za Warudo
Turns out Zavvi ships some items from the USA using DHL so guess I'm expecting to get a customs bill?
You shouldn't (I think/hope).

Pop In A Box (the same company as Zavvi) do the same thing - I've had at least 16 orders come from the US via DHL in the past couple of years and I've never had any customs charges (almost all those orders were over the limit).

Good luck anyway!
 

Oldmario

Vampire Ninja
Just had a bag of eggnog popcorn, what a bizarre flavour. Apparently the ingredients include caramel, double cream, nutmeg and Jamaican Rum
i've never had eggnog, always thought it was just one of those things only available in america but looking up what's even in it online and i don't think i can have it cause of it containing milk
maybe the aftermath is worth it
 

Kite

Thousand Master
Where I work we were glad to see the end of the day as the soldiers start to go on Christmas leave today so it's time to unwind after a busy few weeks of functions on reduced staffing (both vacancies & staff out due to the C word).

No doubt the only thanks the staff will get from the bigwigs (who have now gone back to working from home) will be the usual small box of chocolates.

Had my booster this evening (lucky enough to get a slot at a local centre when I looked yesterday afternoon, gets it out of the way)
 

Oldmario

Vampire Ninja
Network finally announced a Stingray blu-ray release for next year, i don't think anything will be able to top it unless hell freezes over and AL or MVM announce a jashin blu-ray
Seed Destiny might be of equal levels tho
 

Claire

Brigade Leader
Just tried to put a shiny new imported Blu-ray into my venerable region-free player for the first time in ages and it looks like it's finally given up the ghost.

If after ripping it the file refuses to play nice with VLC on my Xbox, then it looks like I'll be in the market for a new player for the first time in ten years. I'd rather not have that extra expense at the moment so hopefully VLC will be able to handle video files with that kinda bitrate.
 
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CommanderZx2

Adventurer
Just tried to put a shiny new imported Blu-ray into my venerable region-free player for the first time in ages and it looks like it's finally given up the ghost.

If after ripping it the file refuses to play nice with VLC on my Xbox, then it looks like I'll be in the market for a new player for the first time in ten years. I'd rather not have that extra expense at the moment so hopefully VLC will be able to handle video files with that kinda bitrate.
If you don't use a player for a long while the drive belt can go bad, it may be a simple case of replacing it and those are super cheap to buy online.
 

Claire

Brigade Leader
If you don't use a player for a long while the drive belt can go bad, it may be a simple case of replacing it and those are super cheap to buy online.
I'll look into it. It wasn't a simple case of it not starting though. The disc started fine but when it got past the menu onto the actual episodes it become stuttery as hell and kept jumping all over the place.

Edit: looks like VLC on Xbox can handle Blu-ray bitrates. That at least means I have a semi-convenient way to watch the several US Blu-rays I have before I get another player or fix this one. Although the preparation and the drive usage is a bit onerous so I'm not gonna leave myself without a dedicated player too long.
 
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jonno394

Za Warudo
My 12yo niece tested positive for covid yesterday. Christmas is cancelled for the family as her, my sister and her other two kids won't be able to visit my mom, and Christmas now (for me) is only for seeing my family and giving the kids gifts so not seeing them all will be a killer.

It sucks but I'm more concerned about her as she has asthma. Hopefully she gets through this fine!
 

RadFemHedonist

Thousand Master
My 12yo niece tested positive for covid yesterday. Christmas is cancelled for the family as her, my sister and her other two kids won't be able to visit my mom, and Christmas now (for me) is only for seeing my family and giving the kids gifts so not seeing them all will be a killer.

It sucks but I'm more concerned about her as she has asthma. Hopefully she gets through this fine!

I'm so sorry to hear that I really hope she will be ok ❤️
 

Oldmario

Vampire Ninja
Just tried to put a shiny new imported Blu-ray into my venerable region-free player for the first time in ages and it looks like it's finally given up the ghost.

If after ripping it the file refuses to play nice with VLC on my Xbox, then it looks like I'll be in the market for a new player for the first time in ten years. I'd rather not have that extra expense at the moment so hopefully VLC will be able to handle video files with that kinda bitrate.
probably a long shot but can VLC read the m2ts files directly from the disc?

only other option i could suggest is either buying a PS3 slim (not super slim iirc those can't be hacked yet) and doing cfw on it for region free or buying a cheap sony blu-ray player from amazon global for i think £80 as i found the other day looking for someone that didn't want to bother with a PS3
 

Claire

Brigade Leader
probably a long shot but can VLC read the m2ts files directly from the disc?

only other option i could suggest is either buying a PS3 slim (not super slim iirc those can't be hacked yet) and doing cfw on it for region free or buying a cheap sony blu-ray player from amazon global for i think £80 as i found the other day looking for someone that didn't want to bother with a PS3
VLC on Xbox at least lacks the encryption keys to playback Blu-ray. It can be made to play them on PC through heavy modification but that isn't an option on Xbox.

The idea of getting a PS3 has occured to me. I had a region switching CFW PS3 for a while but it was a fat model and eventually broke as they're prone to do. I'll almost certainly be going the PS3 route when I replace this player.
 

Claire

Brigade Leader
Ever since my multi region Blu-ray player died i have owned a slim NTSC ps3 for my region A Blu-ray needs, got it for around £50 iirc. I used my series x for everything that.
That's actually a really good idea. Getting an NTSC one would save me the hassle of having to find out if it's the right model/firmware for me to be able to mod it. Since all I want it for is the Blu-rays anyway.
 

jonno394

Za Warudo
That's actually a really good idea. Getting an NTSC one would save me the hassle of having to find out if it's the right model/firmware for me to be able to mod it. Since all I want it for is the Blu-rays anyway.

Yeah it does mean having multiple machines in use, but my media cabinet is big enough for my needs.

NTSC PS3 just uses a normal uk PS power cable that will cost a few quid, no Stepdown converters needed (unlike in the bad old days!)

It literally is just a Blu-ray player for me. Could even get a remote and forget about the controller.
 

Claire

Brigade Leader
NTSC PS3 just uses a normal uk PS power cable that will cost a few quid, no Stepdown converters needed (unlike in the bad old days!)

It literally is just a Blu-ray player for me. Could even get a remote and forget about the controller.
Yeah my broken one was a launch Japanese PS3 that could play three generations of consoles. Was an absolute beast when it was modded, until it finally broke. Keep meaning to fix it as a DIY project, but reballing the CPU is a very hard thing to do.

I use a remote on my Xbox One X since it's primarily a media box, so I'm sure I'd do the same for a PS3. Works really well.

It's nice that I feel the need to import so little these days though. I still want a new box to do it, but back in like 2012/13 the choice was often "import or don't get it at all" or "import or settle for DVD".
 
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