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Blu Ray Region Coding

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 Unlike the Standard dvd's 6 Regions,the Blu Ray dvd only has 3 Region

Regions for Blu-ray standard

 
Region A: East Asia(except China and Mongolia),Southeast Asia,North America and South America.
Region B: Africa,Southwest Asia,Europe (except Russia and Kazakhstan) and Oceania.
Region C: Central Asia,East Asia(China and Mongolia only),South Asia and Central Eurasia.
Multi-Region A/B/C: Allowing the disc to be played on any player or drive worldwide.

Blu-ray Discs are encoded with a region code,it is intended to restrict the area of the world in which they can be played, similar in principle to the DVD region codes,though,the used geographical regions are different. Blu-ray Disc players sold in a certain region may only play discs encoded for the same region. The purpose of this system is to allow motion picture studios to control the various aspects of a release (including content, date, and in particular price) according to the region. Discs may also be produced without region coding, so they can be played on all devices. The countries of the major Blu-ray manufacturers (Japan, Korea, Malaysia) are in the same region as North America. As of early 2008, about two-thirds of all released discs were region-free.

Major studios have different region coding policies. Paramount Pictures and Universal Studios have released all of their titles region free. Sony Pictures and Warner Bros have released most of their titles region free, but titles released by Warner's New Line division are region-coded. Lionsgate and Walt Disney Pictures have released a mix of titles that were region free and region coded. 20th Century Fox has released all but one of their titles region coded.

In the Blu-ray region coding system, the United States is placed in region A while regions B and C are used for countries which can experience localization delays before U.S. titles are officially released. The opposite, though, is sometimes true and a few new titles such as Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Running Scared were released in certain European countries before the U.S. release. In response to the DVD region system, multi-region and region-free DVD players became dominant in certain markets; certain Blu-ray player models have been modified to allow for playback of Blu-ray and DVD discs with any region code.
[source:Wikipedia]
 
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