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DVD Regions, Why?  
User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21634 posts, RR: 55
Posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1198 times:

Is it just me, or is the whole concept of DVD regions just idiotic? There are lots of foreign DVDs that I'd love to be able to play, but can't because they're for a different region. AFAIK, CDs don't have this problem, so why do DVDs?

Is there any logical reason, or is it just done to tick people off?


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User currently offlineKaddyuk From Wallis and Futuna, joined Nov 2001, 4126 posts, RR: 25
Reply 1, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1191 times:

Yeah, because you people in the states get films on DVD when they are still in the cinema in other countries. So to stop people owning a film before cinema release in a specific country, they gave the regions...

Just get a multi-regional DVD player or see if your current one can be "hacked" to play all regions. Mine is supposed to be Region 2 only, but I cracked it and it plays all regions



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User currently offlinePacificjourney From New Zealand, joined Jul 2001, 2734 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1159 times:

Almost all DVD players can be cracked (except pioneers present more trouble ???) but there are risks.

DVD players are all the same originally with the region codes put on afterwards and these can just as easily be taken off.

The idea behind the regions is to control piracy and distribution rights by localising production somewhat. A great pain in the arse AND a failure !



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User currently offlineNceBoy From France, joined Sep 2004, 137 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1135 times:

Yep, it's really annoying cause if like me you live between two different countries and DVD regions, you have to unblock all your DVD players.

But I've found out that in France, it's very common to get your player unblocked at major places ( Fnac, big supermakets), but here in Canada, most DVD sellers never heard of DVD zones !



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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8453 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1101 times:
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I ordered a DVD from amazon.com and it is Zone 0, in other words all zones. So what's the point?


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User currently offlineNceBoy From France, joined Sep 2004, 137 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1089 times:

Andz

You appear to be lucky, actually there is really few DVD's with such region code, and I can't think of any major Hollywood release.

BTW what's the region code for South-Africa ?

NCEBoy



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User currently offlineSolnabo From Sweden, joined Jan 2008, 852 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1077 times:

MIR:

I really agree with you, WTH is there regions for DVD´s??????????

#1 US/Canada?

#2 Europe

#3 Asia?

#4/5/6 ?????????

Stupid, just f"#"/)&ing stupid!

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User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21634 posts, RR: 55
Reply 7, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1064 times:

At the present time, I am pining for both the Asterix: Mission Cleopatra DVD (which was supposed to be released here a few years ago, but never came), and the Little Britain DVD. Neither are available in Zone 1, and I don't expect them to be anytime soon.  Pissed

It's just ridiculous



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User currently offlineCorpsnerd09 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 448 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1046 times:

These are the codes:

0 No Region Coding

1 United States, Canada, and all territories/dependancies (except Puerto Rico)

2 Europe, Including Greenland, Turkey, Egypt, the Arabian peninsula, Iraq, Iran, Japan, and South Africa, but excluding Russia and the Former USSR nations.

3 South Korea, The Siam Peninsula, Borneo, Indonesia, Taiwan, The Phillipines, Hong Kong, Macau, and Hainan Island.

4 Australia and New Zealand, New Guinea, Mexico, the Caribbean, South America, and Puerto Rico (Strange how they group OZ and NZ with South America).

5 India, Pakistan, Africa (unless noted elsewhere), Russia and the former USSR countries, Mongolia, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Afghanistan, and North Korea.

6 The Peoples' Republic of China (Excluding Hong Kong, Macau, and Hainan)

7 Unused

8 Airlines/Cruise Ships


[Edited 2004-10-16 11:10:16]


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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8453 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 944 times:
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NCEBoy the movie I ordered was the old motorcycle classic from the 70s, "On Any Sunday" so hardly mainstream hollywood stuff, which could explain the coding.

We are zone 2 here.



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User currently offlineN771AN From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 943 times:

Why do they even bother? It'll just be a matter of time until somone cracks whatever DRM these morons put on it. How about making decent and reasonably priced DVD's that people will WANT to buy?

User currently offlineL410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5712 posts, RR: 18
Reply 11, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 847 times:

Does anyone know if Playstation 2, since it is also a DVD player, is coded for a certain region? And the actual games - do they use regions as well? Thanks for any info!

User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 15
Reply 12, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 805 times:

Playstation 2 is region coded for DVD playback, and also it will be either PAL or NTSC, so a US/Jap game won't work on a PAL PS2 and vice versa


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User currently offlineCorpsnerd09 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 448 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 768 times:

Weird because my PS2 has an option to change it any region.


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