movie industry decided for its own reasons to split the world
into several DVD regions. DVD's with region coding will only
play on DVD-players with the same region code. Luckily, the
region protection in DVD-players can often be disabled. Modifying
your player is not illegal. There are no laws against it,
at least not in Europe.
United States of America, Canada
Middle East, Japan and South Africa
East Asia and Eastern Asia
New Zealand, Central and South America
sub-continent, Africa, former Soviet Union
Republic of China
(often used as region free)
of the Region Code problem:
DVD-disc coded for Region-2 will only play on a Region-2
DVD player. The same goes for the other region codes, except
Region-0. Let's say an American purchases a DVD in Australia
(Region-4) and takes it home, the DVD-disc will not
play in the Region-1 DVD player. On the other-hand a Region-0
coded DVD-disc will play in every DVD player regardless
of the region coding.
note regarding Region-2.
The TV system in Europe is PAL (except France), with pictures
at 50 times per second. The TV system in Japan is NTSC (same
as USA), with pictures at 60 times per second. The Region-2
players sold in Europe output a PAL signal regardless of whether
a PAL or NTSC disc is playing. By converting the player to
Region-0 and owning a TV capable of showing 50Hz and 60Hz
pictures (virtually all modern TV's do this automatically)
a European viewer will be able to buy and use Region-1 DVD's.
to change the Region Code of your player
Many websites explain the (usually) simple method to do this.
Often it is no more than a few button-presses on your remote
control to change the player coding.
Check out these sites:
and search for more using Google ....
in the computer
different problem exists with the DVD-player in your computer.
Licensing restrictions mean that the player can only switch
between Region codes a few time (usually 5) before the player
firmware becomes 'locked' and can never be changed
find out how many changes are left...
MS Windows XP has a checker but it doesn't report correctly.
Use one (or both) of these small but far more reliable applications:
Region Info by Erwin van den Berg
about the Player software in the computer ?
All the popular software
decoder/players (WinDVD, Pinnacle, etc) also have a limit
to the number of Region changes. Visit Remote
Selector and read about this FREE
add-on utility that has a work-around to the Region change
limit plus many other useful features.
is now available to work around this problem. 'DVD
Region+CSS Free' not only decrypts and removes the
region coding for DVD's, but now will also let you play, copy
and rip protected Audio CD's!