DVD Regional Coding

Details about Regional Coding for International Buyers

Many of the DVD's we offer for sale are coded for Region 1 (USA & Canada). If you live in North America this is not a concern. However, if you are in another part of the world, it means that a DVD obtained from us may not work on your DVD player if it was not intended for sale outside of the United States and Canada. We cannot accept returns for this reason, so please do not order DVD's from us for use outside of North America, unless you have a Region 1 capable DVD Player. If you want to check on a particular item, send a request and we will try to find out. Some DVD's are designed to play in all regions.

DVD Regional Codes

1.Canada, U.S., U.S. Territories
2.Japan, Europe, South Africa, Middle East (including Egypt)
3.Southeast Asia, East Asia (including Hong Kong)
4.Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, Central America, Mexico, South America, Caribbean
5.Former Soviet Union, Indian Subcontinent, Africa (also North Korea, Mongolia)

Regional Coding is used by the DVD manufacturers to control where the discs can be viewed. Players destined for sale in a particular region are designed only to play DVD's designated for that region, or DVD's meant for ALL regions. This disc coding is not designed to be changed by the consumer. While some users have altered or obtained altered players to play DVD's for more than one region, some new DVD's have been enhanced to prevent this practice.

Many computer drives have the option of changing the region code. This can only be done a few times on a given computer, so it is best to leave it on Region 1 once you change it, so that you can continue to view Region 1 items. We do not have details on how to configure the region for your computer, but you can find out from the computer manual or other computer information sources.

The Regional Coding system is used by the major movie producers to control the release of films. Typically, movies are released in America and Canada first, followed by Australia and Japan six months later and then Europe 12 months after the US release. Since movies are sometimes available for sale in North America before they have been shown in European theaters, coding is meant to prevent people from watching Region 1 movies before they are released in Regions 2-6.

You can determine the region number of a disc or DVD player by looking for a small globe icon with the region number on it. If a disc will play in more than one region it will have more than one number on the globe. If a disc does not use regional coding it will say ALL for all regions. If you have questions, let us know.

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