I own a standalone Philips DVD-950 so I publish this page to help other owners of this player and maybe other Philips ones.
I bought it in Europe (in France) in April 2000. I bought a Philips because I'm very happy with my Philips TV set. I choose this model because it was at this time the best one among Philips players and I was willing to bet for the future of DVD, and the future give me reason to trust Philips !
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The main features of this model are:
When you buy a Philips DVD player in Europe it doesn't read SVCD, but in other countries it does, particularly in China where it's mandatory due to government decision.
Picture and audio are perfect. So far, I've been able to play standard VCD (352x288), standard SVCD (480x576) and XSVCD (720x576 at 2.9Mbps).
To make my player SVCD compliant, I did update the firmware to 7.12 and I set the P-code 055. After the update, settings were Portuges so I had to change to French. Later I did update to 7.22 release with success and it didn't change any option in the settings.
Pascal wrote me that 7.22 release (without P-code 055) makes he DVD-950 compliant with SVCD and fast forward working. So I recommend to enter P-code 055 or 033 only if necessary.
Download the latest release available:
|Philips player model||Firmware|
|More firmware at Philips Syndicate|
To upgrade my DVD-950, I burnt a CD-R XA ISO9660 Mode 2 like described in the read-me from the 7.12 zip file and then I followed DVD-955 instructions:
Actually, I burnt a CD-RW with Easy CD Creator 4 so CD-RW can be used instead of CD-R for firmware upgrades.
I did update the firmware to 7.12 and it works perfectly. After the update, settings were Portuges (Brasil release I think) so I had to change back to French. It seems that image and colours were then better but I'm not sure. Then I set the P-code 055 and the player started reading SVCD and XSVCD (720x480,576). When the 7.22 has been released, I did the update, no parameters had been altered (language, audio, colour, any) by this update.
More on Philips firmware upgrade can be found at Jeroen Verhaar and Ian Court (Philips Syndicate) pages.
I've been given a pretty good solution by Hervé (Mathos' World) from his DVD Player database.I also report a solution from DVD-VCD Spain which I didn't test because I don't have a RC6 remote and
Thanks to Mathos' World who provided the solution and the firmware. The process is to downgrade the player to 6.20 software (impossible with the original 6.20, you must use a special one) then make the player free zone with the legacy 6.20 code and upgrade back to 7.22 firmware. It works so I'm very happy and now I will order DVDs from the US and Canada.
I personally started from my player with firmware 7.22:
That's it! You can test again with Zone 1 and Zone 2 DVDs (I did with Matrix, zone 1 and zone 2 and Bridget Jones Diary zone 2).
if you're the lucky owner of a RC6 remote, you can try the codes given by DVD-VCD (Spain):
|RC6 222 222 005 255||7.12|
|RC6 222 222 005 255||9.25|
It seems that this feature is active only with P-codes 055 and 033.
During DVD, VCD or SVCD playback, if you press OSD key (orange) for about 5 secondes, the bit rate vu-meter will appear to display audio, video and total bit rates in Mbps !
Since the 7.22 firmware release, SVCD compliant, and the publication of the 720-to-620 region free process, changing P-Code is now obsolete (I keep publishing these lines in any case someone need).
After updating the firmware if the player is still not reading correctly the SVCD or if you want to enable the MPEG vu-meter, you will have to change the P-code.
I finally choose the Spanish proposal 159 055 000 000 000 and it works for my French DVD-950:
Voilà ! My player now reads SVCD in Region 2 (PAL).
Charlie lives in the U.S. and he's got a DVD-950 of June 2000, he reports to be successful with P-code 033 for Region 1 (this is consistent with Mayhem P-code page) so the proposal is 159 033 000 000 000:
Voilà ! Your player now reads SVCD in Region 1 (NTSC).
Charlie reports that P-code 033 disables AC-3 output and Mayhem reports it disables S-Video output as well. The same problem has been reported for P-code 055.
Be careful, P-code setting with 159 sequence is counting for one region change which are limited (beyond player settings can't be changed). It seems that Philips players are limited to 8, 12 or 25 changes (I didn't retrieve exact number).
You can get rid of the limit using One4All remote with RC6 codes like proposed by Mayhem.
Spanish friends say P-code 055 works for DVD 950/955/956/957 and it's P-code 054 for DVD 750.
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Version of the document: 1.4EN
Created: March 5 - 2001
Updated: May 18 - 2001