DVD Region Codes – What You Need To Know

If you've ever traveled to Europe & saw a great price on a DVD and bought it, only to be upset that it doesn't work on your DVD Player, then I guess you've never heard of Regions–That thing created strictly to make more money for movie studios. And you wonder why people pirate.

The geographical regions are as follows:

REGION 1 — USA, Canada
REGION 2 — Japan, Europe, South Africa, Middle East, Greenland
REGION 3 — S.Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Parts of South East Asia
REGION 4 — Australia, New Zealand, Latin America (including Mexico)
REGION 5 — Eastern Europe, Russia, India, Africa
REGION 6 — China
REGION 7 — Reserved for Unspecified Special Use
REGION 8 — Resevered for Cruise Ships, Airlines, etc…
REGION 0 or REGION ALL — Discs are uncoded and can be played
Worldwide, however, PAL discs must be played in a PAL-compatible unit
and NTSC discs must be played in an NTSC-compatible unit.

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