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Blu-Ray Region Coding Explained

Are Blu-ray and HD DVD discs region coded?

Yes! But not all are. Some have no restriction. Movies are mainly coded, concerts are usually not.

There are three region codes for Blu-ray discs:

Region A: North America, Central America, South America, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia
Region B: Europe (EU), Africa, Middle East, New Zealand, Australia
Region C: China, India, Russia, rest of the world

You need to either buy a Blu-ray disc that matches the region code in your player or a non coded disc.

You will find each Blu-ray title in our shop clearly marked blu_ray_region_a.gif blu_ray_region_b.gif blu_ray_region_c.gif blu_ray_region_free.gif

Blu-Ray Region Coding Explained

DVD Region Coding Explained

Although most people these days have multi-zone/region DVD players not all do so here we explain what this means. You can have your DVD player converted to be region free at any time but it is best to make sure of this when buying a new DVD player. And we recommend you do so!

There are six world Regions for DVD. We mark each DVD in our shop that is region coded, for example ;

Region 4 Australia is Region 4 Region 1 USA is Region 1 - Not all DVDs are encoded, some are made without a restriction and are referred to as either region 0 or Region Free. These are marked in our shop.

If your DVD player is restricted to a certain region you can only buy DVDs encoded for that region and/or region 0/Region Free DVDs. But with a 'multi zone player you can play all regions.

You also need to remember the picture format of the DVD. There are two main picture formats, PAL for Australia, Europe and most of the world and then there is NTSC for the USA, Canada and Japan.

Also read about PAL and NTSC.

Please check the map below to make sure our DVD's will be able to play on your DVD machine. Please check your DVD manual, or with the manufacturer, if in doubt.

DVD Regionj Code Map

Region 01

Region 0 means there is no region code and the DVD can be played in any Country.

Region 01

Canada, U.S., U.S. Territories.

Region 02

Albania, Andorra, Austria, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canary Islands, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, European Union, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, France, Georgia, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Iran (Islamic Republic of) Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia (the Former Yugoslav Republic), Malta, Moldova, Principality of Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia,South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United Kingdom (Channel Islands) Vatican City State, Yemen, Yugoslavia

Region 03

Southeast Asia, East Asia (including Hong Kong)

Region 04

Australia, Brazil, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, Central America, Mexico, South America, Caribbean

Region 05

Former Soviet Union, Indian Subcontinent, Africa (also North Korea, Mongolia)

Region 06

China

Region 07

Reserved

Region 08

Special international venues (airplanes, cruise ships, etc.)