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DVD Region Codes & A Great Solution to Play DVDs from All Regions

author Mabel Wolfe Mar 08, 2024 Category DVD

Sometimes, you may encounter a failed DVD playback due to DVD region codes when you merrily insert your DVD into the disc and want to enjoy your favorite movie. This is awful, isn't it? You must want to know what on earth DVD region codes are and if there is any way to bypass them. You can find answers in this article.

DVD Region Codes

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Part 1. What are DVD Region Codes

When you were traveling in Japan, you bought a DVD that was never released in your country. But when you come back to the U.S., you find that your disc can't be played because it is a Region 2 DVD. So. What is a DVD region code?

DVD Region Codes, a technique introduced in 1997, allows rights owners to control their DVD distribution based on appropriate regions. They are mainly used to restrict DVDs from being played outside the specified areas. Your DVD may use all codes, multiple codes, or only one code. An all-region DVD, also named a Region 0 DVD, can be played in any area. Besides that, there are 8 DVD regions from 1 to 8, and each of them corresponds to a different region. So, what is the DVD region code in the USA or other areas? To know that, you can check the list below.

DVD region code Corresponding region
Region 0 DVD/All-region DVD All over the world
Region 1 DVD The United States, Canada, and Bermuda
Region 2 DVD Most European areas (except Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, and CIS), British Overseas Territories, Greenland, Turkey, Middle East, Overseas France, South Africa, Egypt, Tunisia, Lesotho, Eswatini, and Japan
Region 3 DVD Southeast Asia, South Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong
Region 4 DVD Caribbean (except French West Indies), Latin America (except French Guiana and Puerto Rico), and Oceania (except New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Wallis and Futuna, and Hawaii)
Region 5 DVD Africa (except Egypt, Eswatini, South Africa, Lesotho, Mayotte, and Réunion), Russia, Belarus, Mongolia, Ukraine, South Asia, Central Asia, and North Korea.
Region 6 DVD Mainland China
Region 7 DVD Used on MPAA-related DVDs and pre-released media copies in Asia
Region 8 DVD International venues related to aircraft, spacecraft, cruise ships, etc.

If you want to know the region codes of your DVD, you can also check your DVD package or the disc itself. The region codes are usually appeared over a small globe icon. To make sure your Region 1 DVD can be played in your DVD player, you also need to verify the region codes used by your DVD player correspond to your DVD region codes. If you want to play your Region 5 DVD using a Region 2 DVD player, then you might be disappointed.

Part 2. Why are There DVD Region Codes

At first, the regional restriction is simply due to different technical standards. Then, with the development of DVD technology, the DVD Copy Control Association constructed the region codes system as a digital fence to protect the rights and profits of publishers and distributors. Therefore, it prevents the companies who have no distribution rights from distributing DVDs in other countries and impeding the owner's rights. In the meantime, it also gives rights holders better control over their films' release dates and regions. For example, under the protection of DVD region codes, a DVD released in France in June won't affect the DVD's sale volumes in the United States in August.

However, as more and more people start to enjoy movies online, DVDs have been losing their market share. So, the DVD region codes seem less important than before, and more region-free DVD players can be found on the market. Maybe the region codes will disappear from the market one day.

Part 3. Play DVD from All Regions – Blu-ray Player

For those who don't have a compatible region-free DVD player, region code is indeed a tricky question. But after spending money on a pack of DVDs in other countries, are you going to discard them all straightforwardly? Don't do that just yet. You can overcome it using all-region DVD player software as long as you have a compatible optical drive. I recommend Blu-ray Player for you.

Blu-ray Player is a powerful region-free DVD and Blu-ray player on Windows and Mac. With this player, you can play any region DVD on computers. Furthermore, this software can play 4K UHD videos without losing quality, giving you an excellent visual experience.

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It supports over 600 media formats, such as AVI, MP4, MOV, OGG, FLAC, and more.

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Select titles, tracks, chapters, etc., and control your playlist with shortcuts easily.

Here are the steps to play DVDs using Blu-ray Player.

Step 1Launch the Blu-ray Player and insert the DVD into the compatible drive connected to your computer.

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Step 2You can click the Open Disc button in the main interface or the File option in the menu bar to choose your DVD.

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Step 3Then, your DVD movie will be played automatically in the player. You can also click the snapshot icon below to capture your favorite scene.

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Part 4. FAQs about DVD Region Codes


After reading this article, you must know what DVD region codes are and how to bypass the DVD region codes easily using the Blu-ray Player. And you won't feel puzzled next time when your DVDs indicate a failed playback caused by a wrong DVD region code. The Blu-ray player can help you watch DVDs regardless of their region code. Just try it and play your DVDs without limitations.

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