DVD Region Codes and playing imported DVDs.

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DVD Region Codes

DVD's have region codes which only allows them to work with a certian country or "region". If you have a DVD player you bought in the UK it would be Region 2 so if you want to play DVD's from American (Region 1) they wouldnt work. The DVD manufacturers do this as to limit the export sales so they can control the releases of DVDs worldwide. If you buy a "Region Free" or "Multi-Region" DVD players this should get round this for you. You may also be able to modify your existing DVD player to become region free as globally a specific model DVD player is built the same. So for example a Sony 123 model dvd in the UK is region 2 and the same model Sony 123 player in the USA is region 1 but the hardware is the same - its only their inter nal software which tells them what region they are. If you search the internet you may find instructions on how to change your DVD software.

A list of the DVD region codes are below:

  • DVD Region Code 0 - No region code - if something is being sold as Region 0 check it isnt a copy or pirated version as officially there isnt a region zero.
  • DVD Region Code 01 - Canada, U.S., U.S. Territories.
  • DVD Region Code 02 - Albania, Andorra, Austria, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canary Islands, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, European Union, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, France, Georgia, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Iran (Islamic Republic of) Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia (the Former Yugoslav Republic), Malta, Moldova, Principality of Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia,South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United Kingdom (Channel Islands) Vatican City State, Yemen, Yugoslavia
  • DVD Region Code 03 - Southeast Asia, East Asia (including Hong Kong)
  • DVD Region Code 04 - Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, Central America, Mexico, South America, Caribbean
  • DVD Region Code 05 - Former Soviet Union, Indian Subcontinent, Africa (also North Korea, Mongolia)
  • DVD Region Code 06 - China
  • DVD Region Code 07 - Reserved
  • DVD Region Code 08 - Special international venues (airplanes, cruise ships, etc.).
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