I was looking at upgrading my viewing kit. I found that the USA and Japan are Blu-Ray region A, and the UK is region B. It is said to be almost impossible to hack the players. That’s bad news. The good news is that around 50% of anime titles on Blu-Ray are A+B, or region-free. (If you do a Google search you should find some lists of them). It’s also possible to get Blu-Ray players with the DVD side chipped for all-region.
New digital TVs from Sony UK don’t now claim that they display NTSC (an analog format). Good news is that they still display NTSC media via HDMI, RGB SCART or composite, depending on the player, and the results are excellent.