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Region Codes

Region codes in this instance mean flags implemented in DVD-Video discs that determine the geographic area where the DVD-Video disc is being sold and where it can be watched. These codes ensure that one country doesn't get a DVD movie before the same movie is out in that country's theatres. In their corporate omniscience, movie studios have carved the planet into regions with each region having a specific code.

All DVD players and discs have region codes. A DVD player and disc must be of the same region or the disc will not play. If you want to watch movies from other countries, you need a multiregion DVD player. This will allow you to play any disc from any region.

The region controls are also implemented in PC's DVD-ROM drivers, normally in three levels. First of all, if the DVD-ROM driver is manufactured after 1st of January, 2000, the driver itself has physical locks implemented in it to permit playback of only specific region code. Secondly, all newer operating systems, including Windows 2000 and Windows XP, have region control measurements built-in. And finally, the DVD player software, such as WinDVD or PowerDVD, have region control measurements built-in.

Each DVD-Video disc contains one or more region codes, denoting the area[s] of the world in which distribution and playback are intended. The commercial DVD-Video player specification dictates that a player must only play discs that contain its region code. In theory, this allows the motion picture studios to control the various aspects of a release (including content, date and price) on a region-by-region basis. In practice, many DVD players allow playback of any disc, or can be modified to do so. Entirely independent of encryption, region coding pertains to regional lockout, which originated in the video game industry.


Region code Area
Region Code
Area
0 Informal term meaning "playable in all regions"
1 Bermuda , Canada , United States and U.S. territories
2 The Middle East , Europe , Egypt , Greenland , Japan , Lesotho , South Africa , Swaziland
3 Southeast Asia , Hong Kong , Macau , South Korea , Taiwan
4 Central America , Oceania , South America , Mexico
5 The rest of Africa , Eastern Europe , the Indian subcontinent , Mongolia , North Korea , Russia
6 Mainland China
7 Reserved for future use
8 International venues such as aircraft , cruise ships , etc.


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