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June 23, 2006

DVD Region Codes Explained

We've covered this in the past but lately I've gotten more emails asking about DVD region codes. Region codes are important when buying DVDs online, especially on auction sites like Ebay. You may find a great deal on your favorite movie, but if it's the wrong code, you won't be able to play it on a standard DVD player (you can buy region unlocked DVD players). Here is a breakdown of the DVD region codes:

If a disc plays in more than one region it will have more than one number on the globe.

1: U.S., Canada, U.S. Territories
2: Japan, Europe, South Africa, and Middle East (including Egypt)
3: Southeast Asia and East Asia (including Hong Kong)
4: Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, Central America, Mexico, South America, and the Caribbean
5: Eastern Europe (Former Soviet Union), Indian subcontinent, Africa, North Korea, and Mongolia
6: China
7: Reserved
8: Special international venues (airplanes, cruise ships, etc.)


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Posted by William Hungerford at June 23, 2006 8:36 AM

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