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What is Region Ten and can it be played on a computer?

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2006-07-14 11:51:40

DVDs have the ability to encode an option which specifies which

regions in the world the discs can be played. The movie studios

have collectively divided the planet earth into zones which

corresponds to their distribution system. For those out there that

will only play DVDs from your own region don't worry about the

information on this page. This really only affects people that

collect DVDs from other parts of the world. For most DVD users you

will want to play locally produced discs. When considering playing

DVDs from other regions remember that the video output format is

important. Please review the sections on PAL and NTSC for more

details. Please Note: Some DVD players have an internal switch

setting that allows you to choose the country code. Others have

this option hard coded. You may find a lot of advice in newsgroups

as to how to by pass this feature. Just be aware that this will

always nullify your warrantee. I don't track hacks or

modifications. You may want to try a site that specializes in these

things such as DVD Region Hacks. Again, please be warned, you can

ruin your player if your apply any unauthorized modification to

your DVD player. You can try contacting the manufacturer they often

will help. One more note: Just because a DVD is coded for a

specific region doesn't mean it will play in all countries assigned

that region. There is the added layer of incompatibility imposed by

the great and wonderful powers that be. You also have to make sure

the video formatting is the same. For example, both The UK and

Japan are included in Region 2. Unfortunately, UK users the PAL

video formatting while Japan is NTSC. In order to play a disc

intended for the UK in Japan you will also have to have equipment

that recognizes the video format. There are converters that will

permit the mixing of PAL and NTSC so if you plan on using discs

from different countries consider investing in such an additional

box. Technically speaker there is no such thing as region zero.

This is a designation used to indicate that a DVD was not encoded

with a region flag. This way, it will pass the testing of any DVD

player and, that is, you can play it in any region. Although your

DVD player can read a disc from another region you still have to be

concerned with the video format used to create the DVD. For

example, Region 1 discs are made with NTSC while Region 2 and some

region 4 use PAL. You will also need either a video format convert

or a DVD player with a converter built in to make sure you can play

discs from other regions. Now, as if this system of region encoding

doesn't cause enough problems for the consumer not all discs of the

same film with the same region are created equally. In region one

discs intended for release in the United States are often not the

same as those for Canada. The most infamous cases were with Pulp

Fiction and Chasing Amy where the Canadian releases preceded the US

release by a significant amount of time and the Canadian releases

had a ton of extras while the US versions were fairly plain

vanilla. The same can also hold true for region two where discs

intended for Japan are often not the same as those released in the

UK. So, when you buy a DVD you have to check the region code, the

video format, the transfer specifics and the extras. One new aspect

of region coding is Region Code Enhancement (RCE) This is deigned

by the studios to prevent viewing a Region One disc on a Region

Free DVD player. It will not prevent watching the movie on a

MultiRegion Player. The reason for this is to prevent people from

the popular practice of hacking the player to be able to view all

region discs. So far some Warner Bros, New Line, Columbia and now

select MGM have this feature. For more information click on the

links to the left. Region Countries 0 No Region Coding 1 United

States of America, Canada 2 Europe, including France, Greece,

Turkey, Egypt, Arabia, Japan and South Africa 3 Korea, Thailand,

Vietnam, Borneo and Indonesia 4 Australia and New Zealand, Mexico,

the Caribbean, and South America 5 India, Africa, Russia and former

USSR countries 6 Peoples Republic of China 7 Unused 8

Airlines/Cruise Ships 9 Expansion (often used as region free)

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