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DVDs
 

DVD

DVD region codes is a provision in the DVD Specifications that requires DVD players to be hard-coded to accept DVDs that are only meant to be played within one of six designated world regions. A Region 1 disc cannot be played in a Region 3 DVD player for example. This technique was developed to enable Hollywood companies to release movies at different times in different regions.

 
DVD Regions
 

DVD Regions are defined as:

Region 1 US, Canada, US Territories
Region 2 Japan, Europe, South Africa, and Middle east (including Egypt)
Region 3 Southeast Asia and East Asia (including Hong Kong)
Region 4 Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, Central America, Mexico, South America and the Caribbean
Region 5 Eastern Europe (former Soviet Union), India subcontinent, Africa, North Korea and Mongolia
Region 6 People's Republic of China
Region 7 Reserved
Region 8 Special international venues (aeroplanes, cruise ships, etc.)
Region 0 Region free, can be played on any DVD player.

 

Video

There are currently 3 main video standards used throughout the world:

PAL - Phase Alternating Line. Developed in the United Kingdom and Germany

NTSC - National Television Standards Committee. The oldest existing standard, developed in the USA.

SECAM - Systeme Electronique pour Couleur avec Memoire. Developed in France.

If you are unsure of what format to buy, here is a common guide of the formats used around the world.

PAL System
Countries
NTSC System
Countries
SECAM System
Countries
Australia
Austria
China
Denmark
Finland
Germany
Holland
Hong Kong
Italy
Kuwait
Malaysia
New Zealand
Norway
Portugal
Singapore
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Thailand
United Kingdom
Bahamas
Bolivia
Canada
Central America
Chile
Columbia
Ecuador
Jamaica
Japan
Korea
Mexico
Peru
Surinam
Taiwan
Philippines
United States
Venezuela
Bulgaria
Czech Republic
France
Guyana
Hungary
Iran
Iraq
Monaco
Poland
Russia
Slovak Republic
Ukraine

 

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