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What are region codes in DVD? RRS feed

  • Question

  • DVD movies have region codes, and they typically only play on a player or DVD-ROM drive sold in the country where the DVD movie was sold.

    The actual region code is in one byte on the DVD (digital versatile disc). The DVD player or drive has a region code in its firmware. Personal computer DVD-ROM players often have the code in the software or MPEG-2 decoder. The two codes must match for the player or drive to play the movie. The code is also printed on the back of a DVD package, superimposed on a small image of the globe.
     
    Region code 1 logo found on the package for a DVD to be sold and played in the United States and Canada.


    Region code protection is used by the movie studios to thwart unauthorized duplication of their copyrighted material and to control the worldwide release dates. Movie studios agreed to the DVD format when DVD manufacturers agreed to put a region code on every disc. However, unauthorized hacks to the Windows 98 registry have allowed some to play any DVD on their personal computers.

    DVD regional locking is used to control which DVD movies play in which countries or groups of countries. Movies are often released on different dates around the world. Region 1 has its own player that will only play Region 1 discs. Likewise, Region 2 players can only play Region 2 discs and not play any of Region 1's discs. The six codes are:
    United States and Canada
    Europe and Japan
    Southeast Asia
    Latin America and Australia
    Russia, rest of Asia and Africa
    China

    There are also some outlets that sell Toshiba, Pioneer and Raite DVD players without region codes.

    Saturday, March 17, 2007 6:28 PM

Answers

  • thanks for the information, but by default, most of the dvd roms / writers are able to play any dvd, as they have no region set.

    Saturday, March 17, 2007 6:33 PM
  •  Sanket_Shah_734609 wrote:

    thanks for the information, but by default, most of the dvd roms / writers are able to play any dvd, as they have no region set.

    Ya I didnt knew that n went and changed the code.. so 1st i was in open ground but now in limited area... Also there are fix number of chances that you can change the code.. even if u reinstall the os or update firmware or do anything you wont get extra chances... But there are some softwares which can allow you to come back in general.. i m searching for it.. if anyone finds or knows about it than please post it here...

    Saturday, March 17, 2007 6:51 PM

All replies

  • thanks for the information, but by default, most of the dvd roms / writers are able to play any dvd, as they have no region set.

    Saturday, March 17, 2007 6:33 PM
  •  Sanket_Shah_734609 wrote:

    thanks for the information, but by default, most of the dvd roms / writers are able to play any dvd, as they have no region set.

    Ya I didnt knew that n went and changed the code.. so 1st i was in open ground but now in limited area... Also there are fix number of chances that you can change the code.. even if u reinstall the os or update firmware or do anything you wont get extra chances... But there are some softwares which can allow you to come back in general.. i m searching for it.. if anyone finds or knows about it than please post it here...

    Saturday, March 17, 2007 6:51 PM
  • there is no software that can reset those codes. some may exist that can open any dvd. but that's a total risk. so please take care before downloading and installing anything.
    Saturday, March 17, 2007 8:04 PM