DVD REGION CODES EXPLAINED
Most DVDs include codes that can be used to prevent playback of
certain discs in certain geographical regions. Each player is given a code
for the region in which it's sold. The player will refuse to play discs that
are not coded for its region. This means that discs bought in one country may
not play on players bought in another country.
Regional codes are entirely optional for the maker of a disc. Discs
without region codes will play on any player in any country. It isn't an
encryption system, just one byte of information on the disc that the player
checks. Region codes are a permanent part of the disc, they won't
"unlock" after a period of time.
There are 8 regions. Players and discs are often identified by the
region number superimposed on a world globe. If a disc plays in more than one
region it will have more than one number on the globe. So, if you have a
region 2 player you will only be able to play code 2 or 0 DVDs. To confuse
things further,a lot of region 4 discs will play on a region 2 player and
vice-versa despite having no indication on the box.
U.S. , Canada and U.S. Territories
United Kingdom, Europe, Japan, South Africa, and Middle East
Southeast Asia and East Asia (including Hong Kong)
Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, Central America, Mexico,
South America, and the Caribbean
Eastern Europe (Former Soviet Union), Indian subcontinent, Africa,
North Korea, and Mongolia
Special international venues (airplanes, cruise ships, outer space.)
Region Free. Playable on any system.
DVD DISC FORMATS
addition to region codes, there are also differences in discs for NTSC and
PAL TV systems.
The MPEG video on DVD is stored in digital format, but it's formatted
for one of two mutually incompatible television systems: NTSC or PAL/SECAM.
Therefore, there are two kinds of DVDs: NTSC DVDs and PAL DVDs. Some players
only play NTSC discs, others play PAL and NTSC discs.
All DVD players sold in PAL countries play both kinds of discs. These
multi-standard players convert NTSC to PAL . Most NTSC players can't play PAL
discs. A very small number of NTSC players (such as Apex and SMC) can convert
PAL to NTSC. So, if you have an NTSC only DVD player you will NOT be able to
play a PAL disc unless you use a standards converter box.
(DVD+R, DVD-R) WHILST BEING USUALLY REGION “0” SOMETIMES CANNOT BE PLAYED IN
OLDER PLAYERS (PRE 1999 APPROX)