DVD COMPATIBILITY - Part 1 : Region Coding

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There are a lot of misunderstandings and misconceptions about DVD playability worldwide, and as a seller, I always tries to warn bidders and buyers about these issues before a purchase is made, even (most) buyers just simply refuse to read the listing properly and end up with a DVD they can‘t watch. Unfortunately, sellers cannot know what system a buyer has or whether the DVD is being purchased for himself or as a present for somebody else.

Hopefully this DVDs Region Coding guide will help Ebayers to understand easly compatibility issues.

Regional coding was introduced by Hollywood's major studios to ensure that DVD's released and sold in one region will not play on DVD machines in other regions. Movie distributors therefore maintain control over release dates of their films, as well as enabling discs to be produced in appliance with different censorship laws, language and subtitle requirements. When a DVD disc is manufactured, a region code is applied at the authoring stage such that the final disc will play only on those players distributed in the designated world region.

There are 6 regions throughout the world:



Region 1 - Canada, United States and its Territories
Region 2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa and the Middle East
Region 3 - Southeast Asia and East Asia
Region 4 - Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, Central and South America
Region 5 - Indian Subcontinent, Former Soviet Union and Africa
Region 6 - China
Region 7 - Reserved
Region 8 - Special International Venues (Planes, Ships etc)
Region 0 - Region Free DVD's (most of the time:  Music & Concert)

DVDs and DVD players are issued with a regional coding show on reverse of DVD player and DVD sleeve as a (big) number in a (small) world symbol.

However there are always collector's edition, foreign filmsdeleted titles, different versions, OOP, (Out Of Print) DVDs and films not released in some countries which buyers are after. So if you still want to play other Region DVDs, the equipment you will need is:
  • A multi-region DVD player. (For help in multi-zoning your player, see your local vendor)
  • Alternatively you can watch a DVD via your DVD ROM drive on your PC-Laptop.
British, European and Australian Ebayers really have few problems playing any countries or others region DVDs in whatever format as long as they have a multi-region DVD player.

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