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DVD Regions Explanation and Map
Region codes is a built-in feature of the DVD system designed to control where discs are viewed and distributed. All DVD hardware and software is coded using one of six numbers (DVDs Regions 0, 7 and 8 are special cases - see below). The U.S. and Canada use Region 1. Region 2 discs are used in the U.K., Europe and Japan. While Australia and the Caribbean use Region 4. These codes determine where the discs can be played.
- Region 0 DVD player, in all regions.
- Region 4 Australia DVDs
Blu-ray DVD Region Coding
There are 3 different Blu-ray Region codes:
- Blu-ray Region A - North America, Central America, South America, Korea, Japan & South East Asia.
- Blu-ray Region B - Europe, Australia, New Zealand, French territories, Middle East, Africa & Greenland.
- Blu-ray Region C - China, Russia, India, Central & South Asia.
NOTE: Some Blu-ray DVDs have All Region or Multi-Region encoding.
RCE - Regional Coding Enhancement
Many studios have included an imbedded digital technology (RCE Regional Code Enhancement) to protect Region 1 DVDs from being played on Multi-Region DVD Players.
If you are located outside of the United Sates (R1), under normal circumstances, your DVD player will not play DVDs coded for Region 1. You will automatically receive the following (RCE) message:
“ This disc is intended for play on non-modified Region 1 players. There is nothing wrong with this Region 1 disc. To assure playback you should purchase or rent a disc designed for your region as set forth below. ”
For more on Regional Coding Enhancement or for a list of RCE DVDs: www.dvdtalk.com/rce.html
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