Philips DVP5960 Upscaling DVD Player + Divx and USB Support - £38.04 @ Dixons - HotUKDeals
We use cookie files to improve site functionality and personalisation. By continuing to use HUKD, you accept our cookie and privacy policy.
Get the HUKD app free at Google Play

Search Error

An error occurred when searching, please try again!

Login / Sign UpSubmit
Cheapest price for a well spec'd and highly regarded DVD player. If you've recently upgraded to a HD TV but aren't ready to make the leap to Blu-ray or HD DVD then this is the perfect interim player.

It will up-scale all your existing DVDs to 720 or 1080 and also supports DIVX films. It plays almost every kind of disc (including multi region) and has support for USB memory sticks and hard drives too!

Please be aware this player doesn't seem to have a scart connector so will need to be connected by either HDMI cable, component or composite video cables.

Suports:

Video Playback
Playback Media: CD, CD-R/CD-RW, Video CD/SVCD, DVD, DivX, DVD+R/+RW, DVD-R/-RWCompression formats: MPEG1, MPEG2, DivX 3.11, DivX 4.x, DivX 5.x, DivX 6.0, DivX UltraVideo disc playback system: PAL, NTSC

Audio PlaybackPlayback Media: CD, MP3-CD, MP3-DVD, CD-R/RW, WMA-CDCompression format: Dolby Digital, MP3, PCM, WMAMP3 bit rates: 32 - 256 kbpsStill

Picture PlaybackPlayback Media: DVD+R/+RW, DVD-R/-RW, CD-R/RW, Picture CD, Kodak Picture CD
Deal Tags:
×
Get the Hottest Deals Daily
Stay informed. Once a day, we'll send you the deals our members voted as the best.
Failed
chutuk Avatar
8y, 11m agoFound 8 years, 11 months ago
Options

All Comments

(99) Jump to unreadPost a comment
Comments/page:
Page:
#1
It does have a SCART connector. I have one of these. Good DVD DivX Player

Product Features

* HDMI digital output for easy connection with only one cable
* Video Upscaling for improved resolution of up to 1080i
* High definition JPEG playback for images in true resolution
* Progressive Scan component video for optimised image quality
* Movies: DVD, DVD+R/RW, DVD-R/RW, (S)VCD, DivX
* DivX Ultra Certified for enhanced playback of DivX videos
* Music: CD, MP3-CD, CD-R/RW & Windows Media™ Audio
* Picture CD (JPEG) with music (MP3) playback

Technical Details

Aspect ratio: 4:3,16:9
D/A converter: 24 bit, 192 kHz
Playback Media: CD,CD-R/CD-RW,Video CD/SVCD,DVD,DivX,DVD+R/+RW,DVD-R/-RW
Playback Media: CD,MP3-DVD,CD-R/RW,WMA-CD,MP3-CD
Playback Media: CD-R/RW,Picture CD,Kodak Picture CD,DVD+R/+RW,DVD-R/-RW
Multimedia connections: USB memory class device
Rear Connections: Analogue audio Left/Right out,Composite video (CVBS) output,HDMI output,Digital coaxial out,ComponentVideo out Progressive,Scart
Child Protection: Parental Control,Child Lock
Included Accessories: 2 x AAA Batteries,Quick start guide,Remote Control,World Wide Warranty leaflet,User Manual
Set Width: 435
Power supply: 50Hz,240V
D/A converter: 12 bit, 108 MHz
Signal to noise ratio: 100
Compression formats: MPEG1,MPEG2,DivX 3.11,DivX 4.x,DivX 5.x,DivX 6.0,DivX Ultra
Compression format: Dolby Digital,MP3,PCM,WMA
Picture compression format: JPEG
Playback Formats: DivX,MP3,JPEG Still pictures
On-Screen Display languages: English
Set Height: 37
Power consumption: < 10
Picture enhancement: High Def (720p, 1080i),Progressive Scan,Smart Picture,Video upsampling,Video upscaling
Distortion and Noise (1kHz): 85
Video disc playback system: PAL,NTSC
MP3 bit rates: 32 - 256 kbps
Picture enhancement: High Definition Resolution,Flip photos,Rotate,Zoom,Slideshow with MP3 playback
Set Depth: 235
Standby power consumption: < 0.8 W
Crosstalk (1kHz): 100
Packaging Depth: 320
Dynamic Range (1kHz): 90
Packaging Height: 82
Sound System: Dolby Digital
Packaging Width: 490
Frequency response: 30-20000
More info
To make this region free, follow the following instructions

1. Turn on the unit
2. Open the loading tray
3. Press the "Setup" button on the remote
4. Navigate to the "Preferences" page using the right arrow key
5. Enter 138931
6. You will now see the current region code displayed
7. Use the Up/Down arrow keys to select the region required or "0" for all regions
8. Press the "Setup" button on the remote
9. Press "OK" on the remote
#2
Put price in header!!
4 Likes #3
I bought one of these about 6 months ago, great piece of kit for the price and the ability to read divx and xvid off a usb key is a cool feature, saves on burning dvd's and CD's.
Only thing about the player is that Philips disabled the "Packed Bitstream" support which plays havoc with watching divx files. After much research I found a tweaked firmware online which restored the Packed Bitstream support and the player is working perfectly now with just about all my downloaded avi files.
You will know if you have this problem when you are watching a divx file and the picture freezes but the audio continues to play in the background.

I got the firmware from :

http://www.phunkyfish.com/article/4/philips-dvp-596012

Its the Porkupan Firmware
Download: DVP5960_12_vboroda_1250_v8.3_pb.zip [1.07mb] 5960/12 or 5960/05 Codepage 1251 (with Packed Bitstream support), 2007/07/19

Page also contains info needed to make the player region free for dvd's.

Overall a superb piece of kit, I payed a few hundred quid for the first Kiss divx player a few years ago and this is so much better. I connect mines via HDMI cable so the picture is upscaled to 1080i, everyone comments on the quality of the picture from divx on my plasma screen. Would highly recommend it! :thumbsup:
#4
The time you have spent on your comments and upgrade information are really appreciated. Thank You very much.
Nice to see some postitve comments. :)
#5
:thumbsup:

I got one of these, excellent player and highly recommended

All I need now is decent LCD or Plasma to connect to it
#6
A few other things to mention about this DVD player that I have found while trying to find out about it, it will upscale through HDMI ONLY! so no upscaled picture through component etc. and the biggest problem for me is that file names when playing divx (the big selling point for this player) is restricted to 8 characters so if you plan on putting a lot of files on an external Hard Drive and connecting it to the DVD player it will be a bit of a mess finding your films.
#7
sinjin_smythe;1391176
I got the firmware from :

http://www.phunkyfish.com/article/4/philips-dvp-596012

Its the Porkupan Firmware
Download: DVP5960_12_vboroda_1250_v8.3_pb.zip [1.07mb] 5960/12 or 5960/05 Codepage 1251 (with Packed Bitstream support), 2007/07/19

Page also contains info needed to make the player region free for dvd's.


Thanks for the firmware info. Rep added.

:pirate: CJ :pirate:
#8
What's better this or the Samsung DVDHD870 ?

I assume both of these will play my avi dvd's?
#9
I also own one of these Philips DVP-5960's - Does anyone know a DVD+RW (Rewriteable) media that works on it?

I dont mind burning my divx to dvd but can't find a DVD+RW media that the player likes :(
#10
I'm tempted to get this but will it do anything that my 360 won't I heard after the last update my 360 will play divx from usb but havn't had chance to try it yet.

Doews the xbox do upscaling to 1080 too? my telly will do 720p or 1080i

Cheers,
worto.
#11
Great price for a really great machine

If you don't feel like playing around with a firmware alteration, then just use MPEG4 Modifier , which is free. This will tell you if the bitstreams are packed or not and then will unpack them if you want to.

This is the recommendation on Phunkyfish, which is a helpful site for the 5960.

Get this player - quick. It will disappear soon at this price!!
#12
worto03
I'm tempted to get this but will it do anything that my 360 won't I heard after the last update my 360 will play divx from usb but havn't had chance to try it yet.

Doews the xbox do upscaling to 1080 too? my telly will do 720p or 1080i

Cheers,
worto.


Only reason I would suggest getting one would be to enhance the life span of your 360. The 360 will do everything this does as far as I am aware (and more).

my 360 is from New Zealand so wont play region 2 dvds, so I bought an original xbox, installed XBMC and now use that, it will play everything you chuck at it, and you can install a massive hard drive in it.
#13
Hi,

Just purchased the Toshiba upscaling dvd player and noticed it can be juddery when playing films and upscaling them? Does this one do the same?
#14
CDR
I also own one of these Philips DVP-5960's - Does anyone know a DVD+RW (Rewriteable) media that works on it?

I dont mind burning my divx to dvd but can't find a DVD+RW media that the player likes :(


My Philips DVD player happily plays Philips DVD-RW's (I think I bought a box of them for half price from sainsburys once) . HTH,
David
#15
Can anyone suggest a easy way to make a dvd into dixv?
#16
Where do you get divx films from?
#17
Thanks for the info shane, I think I'll leave this one then & use the xbox for now instead.

I don't really want to spend another £40 for something I don't need especially when I can use the money to buy a couple of 360 games in the play sale :)

Cheers,
worto.
#18
I have an xbox 360 Elite and one of these players. The xbox is nowhere near as good as this Philips at upscaling.
banned#19
thanks for this...
#20
shane8960
A few other things to mention about this DVD player that I have found while trying to find out about it, it will upscale through HDMI ONLY! so no upscaled picture through component etc. and the biggest problem for me is that file names when playing divx (the big selling point for this player) is restricted to 8 characters so if you plan on putting a lot of files on an external Hard Drive and connecting it to the DVD player it will be a bit of a mess finding your films.


Hmm that is going to cause a few problems, as I have a load of DIVX files on disc backed up already... are there any players that don't have this problem?
banned#21
Chick21
Hmm that is going to cause a few problems, as I have a load of DIVX files on disc backed up already... are there any players that don't have this problem?

just put the filesd on yur PCand shorten the filenames
#22
Does this model support subtitles which need to be loaded? Sometimes DivX downloads come with seperate sub files, eg. srt!
will it play xvid and wma formats?
Will it play movies directly from a USB hard disk? i read in a few forums that most DivX players can only play small files from USB (eg. 170mb) and find it difficult to play larger files or recognise hard drives over 2GB.
#23
Just purchased the Toshiba upscaling dvd player and noticed it can be juddery when playing films and upscaling them? Does this one do the same?



I've got one of these philips machine bought from amazon a few months back for about the same price and (treated right) it's fantastic - yes jerkiness is evident sometimes but I've found that if I make sure the film has an unpacked bitstream (this DVD player can't cope with it being packed) then they play just fine - freeware program MPEG4modifier will unpack films quickly and efficiently (maybe you could try this with your Toshiba player as well)

I have a WD Book hard drive connected to the DVD player via the USB port and use that to watch films

But all in all a fantastic machine for the price
#24
fleetingmind
What's better this or the Samsung DVDHD870 ?

I assume both of these will play my avi dvd's?


I have the Samsung DVDHD870 and it is a fantastic player the quality of the image is amazing I have played avi DVD with no trouble. My only word of caution is that I believe Samsung are now shipping them with an updated firmware and the code for making it region free no longer works. So if you want a multiregion player go for the Philips if not go for the Samsung.:thumbsup:
#25
Will it play movies directly from a USB hard disk?


Yes - or at least it does for me - i regularly play files of 700mb through it from a hard drive (I use a WDBook External HDD so no fan noise to disturb the film and just sits quietly by the TV)
#26
This is a great player - I've had one for about 3 months.

The only problem I have with it is the fact the the USB is 1.0 and not 2.0. It has trouble playing high-throughput files.
#27
Thanks for this! Voted hot!
#28
Chick21
Hmm that is going to cause a few problems, as I have a load of DIVX files on disc backed up already... are there any players that don't have this problem?


This is true of the stock Philips firmware, but the good news is that the Porcupan firmware, for example, extends the length of the filenames from 8 to 32 characters when you are reading from DVD's and CD's. Unfortunately, anything that comes in through the USB port is limited to 8 characters, as long filenames on FAT formatted media are patented to Micro$oft. I wouldnt let that put me off at this price though, I paid nearly double this 6 months ago and I would gladly pay it again!
#29
fleetingmind
What's better this or the Samsung DVDHD870 ?

I assume both of these will play my avi dvd's?


I had a Samsung briefly the playback of Divx files was very jerky took it back,(can't remember model but remember seeing other comments to the same effect), same files play perfectly on the Philips.
#30
sinjin_smythe
This is true of the stock Philips firmware, but the good news is that the Porcupan firmware, for example, extends the length of the filenames from 8 to 32 characters when you are reading from DVD's and CD's. Unfortunately, anything that comes in through the USB port is limited to 8 characters, as long filenames on FAT formatted media are patented to Micro$oft. I wouldnt let that put me off at this price though, I paid nearly double this 6 months ago and I would gladly pay it again!


Ah well then that doesn't sound as bad then as most of my stuff is on disc, not HDD.
#31
sinjin_smythe;1391701
This is true of the stock Philips firmware, but the good news is that the Porcupan firmware, for example, extends the length of the filenames from 8 to 32 characters when you are reading from DVD's and CD's. Unfortunately, anything that comes in through the USB port is limited to 8 characters, as long filenames on FAT formatted media are patented to Micro$oft. I wouldnt let that put me off at this price though, I paid nearly double this 6 months ago and I would gladly pay it again!

can you load subtitles?
#32
shane8960
Only reason I would suggest getting one would be to enhance the life span of your 360. The 360 will do everything this does as far as I am aware (and more).

my 360 is from New Zealand so wont play region 2 dvds, so I bought an original xbox, installed XBMC and now use that, it will play everything you chuck at it, and you can install a massive hard drive in it.


Indeed the 360 (and the PS3 as a matter of fact) does this and a lot more! I had been tracking this player as a potential xmas treat but the 360 update has rendered it unnecessary. The 360 can also stream your divx files from your desktop computer if networked.

The downside is that the 360 is not multi-region and only support files encoded using divx 5 and above, so some of your older files may not play, but I have a separate DVD player that does these although I've not had any cause to use it since I switched to my 360. The 360 as far as I know does not currently support subtitles.

Regarding the upscaling features, guys, don't get carried away, honestly it's more of a marketing tool. Did you know that your HD ready TV actually upscales every non-HD input to it's maximum HD resolution? So pictures from your old progressive non-upscaling DV player actually gets upscaled to 720P or 1080P by your TV.

Every HD ready TV has a built-in upscaler that bumps everything to 720 or 1080P, however it's possible to get an external upscaler that does a much better job of upscaling non-HD inputs before it reaches your TV so that your TV just displays the image without the need to alter it any further. High quality external upscalers are expensive and what you'll find in these DVD players are unlikely to be significantly better than that in your TV, so you'll be hard pressed to notice a difference.

In summary, if you have a PS3 or 360 and a separate multi-region DVD player, then you don't really need this, however if you needed a DVD player for other reasons (like for the bedroom etc), then this is a good choice.

Rizza
#33
Agree with all the comments above on this player - it's excellent for the money. It's also a very pleasing to the eye piece of kit - ultra-slimline and black with silver trim.
#34
would currys store match dixons price do you think?
#35
Thanks op just ordered to go with my TOSHIBA 42C3030/35 42" HD Ready digital LCD TV in other deal.

i think you can get quidco on this.
#36
Thanks ordered 2, one for each of my daughters. I have a couple of old divx player, one yamada and another Kiss DP500 (utter ****) Kiss plays next to nowt these days

I been waiting to get one of ages seen them on Amazon and rated a good player

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Philips-DVP5960-Multi-region-capable-upscaling/dp/B000G2Y59E/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/203-7679307-2699151?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1194202202&sr=8-1

Ordered a cheap hdmi cable from Ebay too other tv doesnt have hdmi
#37
Anyone know if this can play avi files, either off dvds or usb stick?
#38
Yes it should do possible larger file sizes may struggle on the usb 1.1 port although I play large files sizes 1.4gb to 2.1b on a usb stick on a pc wihich has usb 1.1 port at front of case and its okay
#39
been using one of these players for about 34 months now and i am really impressed with it. Definately worth the money.
#40
:thumbsup:

cdr

I use SONY DVD+RW 4x (yellow case), plays them without any problems

You can get them in WH Smith

Post a Comment

You don't need an account to leave a comment. Just enter your email address. We'll keep it private.

...OR log in with your social account

...OR comment using your social account

Top of Page
Thanks for your comment! Keep it up!
We just need to have a quick look and it will be live soon.
The community is happy to hear your opinion! Keep contributing!