Philips DVP642K DVD and DIVX player

Without doubt the best budget DVD & DIVX player on the market now is the Philips DVP642K, available for less than $AUS 140 at good retailers.

It has the ability to play practically any disc format and media:

  • Compression formats : Divx 3.11, Divx 4, Divx 5, MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4
  • Disc Playback Media : CD, CD-R, CD-RW, DivX, DVD, DVD+RW, DVD+R, DVD-Video, MP3-CD, MPEG4, Picture CD, SVCD, Video CD
  • Movies: DVD, DVD+R/RW, (S)VCD, DivX 3.11/4.x/5.x, MPEG4
  • Music: CD, CD-R/RW and MP3-CD
  • Picture CD (JPEG) with music (MP3) playback

The quality of sound & video is great:

  • Progressive Scan (PAL & NTSC) gives razor-sharp images
  • 4x video upsampling for improved image quality
  • 192kHz/24-bit audio DAC delivers high-quality audio
  • Built-in Dolby Digital & DTS decoders

And it doesnt take up a lot of space with a very thin form factor:

  • Product depth : 235 mm
  • Product height : 43 mm
  • Product width : 435 mm
  • Product weight : 2 kg (6.6 pounds)

View detailed product specifications from the Phillips site.

View reports about disk playablity and reviews from people who have purchased it at :

8 Replies to “Philips DVP642K DVD and DIVX player”

  1. This player does NOT have built in Dolby Digital & DTS decoders.

    PCM is the only decoder… you need to output sound to an external Dolby Digital & DTS decoder in order to hear these audio streams.

  2. Can anybody confirm that it can play XViD videos?

    EDITOR: Yes it can play Xvid files. The only files it can’t play are those with encoded using QPEL or GMC

    Do you have already because it’s a very old model now and I’m sure there are newer, smaller and more capable players now with better connectivity. i’ve even heard of new Philips DVD players with usb connections so you can play from a external hard drive connected via USB cable eg: the Philips Dvp 5965k Upscaling Hdmi Dvd Player

  3. i buy this model 2 year ago n still using it till now. Just want to confirm, is this model not support .srt (subtitle for avi format)?. FYI I already upgrade the firmware to latest ver (ver 1109)

    EDITOR: As far as I can tell the DVP-642 supports .SRT files, and later firmware added a semi-transparent black box behind the white subtitles. In earlier firmware versions, the subtitles were often very hard to read against bright on-screen backgrounds.

    You may have to press the “subtitle” remote button before/during playback to see the subtitles

  4. Hi
    I have a Philips DVP642 in the US and discovered (by accident) that the region coding can be turned off by simply hitting a few remote keys – do you know if the 642k sold in Australia has similar benefits?

    EDITOR: While Australian laws technically doesn’t allow people to circumvent DRM (Digital rights management) technologies such as DVD region coding, in practice almost all DVD and DIVX players sold here are already region unlocked 🙂

    This was the case with my Philips DVP642 which was already unlocked when we bought it.

  5. hi i have been using this player since last 2years & as we are able to play divx movies but the problems seems when we forward/reverse while playing only the divx movies the player resets some times or the movie halts
    & if we burn the divx movies to dvd /cd in the main root we are not able to play but if we burn the same to a folder then we are able to play the same is there any patch or update for the following issue.

    EDITOR: Not that that I know of, this player is quite old now.

  6. Hi, i have Own Philips DVP642K/69 two years before.. and still its a best DVD Player.. thanks 🙂

    i only had a query.. can i play srt files along with movies (SRT for AVI files) when i press subtitle button, it shows me Hand cursor on top left cornet.. any suggestion would be nice ..


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