Region Coding

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What is DVD region coding?

Imposed by the film studios to protect exclusive markets, DVD region coding was designed as a method of ensuring DVD's would be playable only in certain areas of the world.
DVD region 1: The US, US territories, Canada
DVD region 2: Europe, Japan, Middle East, Egypt, South Africa, Greenland
DVD region 3: Taiwan, Korea, the Philippines, Indonesia, Hong Kong
DVD region 4: Mexico, South America, Central America, Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, Caribbean
DVD region 5: Russia (former USSR), Eastern Europe, India, most of Africa, North Korea, Mongolia
DVD region 6: China

What is Region 0?

Also known as 'Region Free', Region 0 DVD's are compatible with any DVD player as they are specifically enabled for ALL areas of the world. However, Region 0 DVD are sometimes encoded in NTSC rather than PAL, which will require an NTSC compatible TV in order to ensure colour playback. NOTE: All PCs and Macs are able to play back PAL DVDs. They are not affected by TV standards.

What is NTSC/PAL?

There are two different methods for picture decoding standards: Europe (R2) uses the PAL system; North America (R1) uses the NTSC system.

What will I need to view NTSC discs?

In order for stable colour reproduction during playback, you'll require a NTSC compatible TV, often referred to as a 'multi-standard' or 'world' specification.