DVD movie discs contain Regional Codes which are used to prevent the playback of region coded discs outside the area they are made for. Various studios and home video companies lobbied to make sure this coding system was a required part of DVD manufacturing standards. They did this as they wanted to control how their DVD titles are exported to other countries.
In most instances, discs manufactured in one region will play only on players that were manufactured for use in that same region. For example, discs bought or imported from Germany (coded for region 2 DVD) will not play on U.S. players (made to play only region 1 DVD) and vice versa.
The models we sell are known as Region Free (or Multi-Zone) Players. They will play discs from any region from any country on the planet!
The Region Code is specified on the back of the individual DVD packaging and on the disc itself. It is shown with a holographic globe that has a region number printed over it.
DVD Region Codes
Region 1 – The U.S., U.S. territories and Canada
Region 2 – Western Europe, Japan, Middle East, Egypt, South Africa, Greenland
Region 3 – Taiwan, South Korea, the Philippines, Indonesia, Hong Kong
Region 4 – Mexico, South America, Central America, Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, Caribbean
Region 5 – Russia (former USSR), Eastern Europe, India, most of Africa, North Korea, Mongolia
Region 6 – China
Region 0– Worldwide (set to work in all regions) Also called Region Free or Multi-zone
Region 9- is also used for Worldwide
Region 8– Airlines and cruise ships
Region 7 – Reserved for future uses