Know Your DVD Regions

Buying DVD Recorders and compatible DVDs seems to be getting more and more complicated these days, what with HD-DVDs, Blu-Ray, PAL and NTSC. Then on top of all these we have DVD Region 1, DVD Region 2, Region 0 etc. all quasi adding to the confusion.

There’s nothing more annoying than buying a classic or niche subject transparency on DVD from Amazon either Ebay then finding when you try to play it on your DVD Recorder that it is a Region 1 DVD and the recorder however plays Region 2 DVDs. Most of the new DVD Recorders available now still have in built Region settings which adjust to please the DVD you are playing so the confusion will eventually be engineered out.

In the mean time though the beak about this story is to make you more aware about the various Regional settings and what they wickedness so you will be able to make the valid choices when selecting DVDs to view.

So, why Regions also what do they mean: DVDs have the capable to encode an option which specifies which regions in the world the discs can be played. Movie studios have collectively divided the heavenly body earth into zones, or regions, which corresponds to their distribution system. The 6 global Regions are non political and appear to have been arrived at by a combination of geography, economy or degree of development, and sameness of politicization system.

Each DVD disk contains one of these six region codes, corresponding to the area in which the disk (and consequently also the DVD player) was bought. In theory, this limits the geographical area in which the DVD disk can afsluiting played, thus allowing the distributors to control pricing, content and release date for each of these regions separately.

The Regional codes further associated countries are like follows:

Region 0: Countries – none

Region1: Countries – United States of America; Canada

Region 2: Countries – UK & Europe including France, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Arabia, Japan and South Africa

Region3: Countries – Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Borneo and Indonesia

Region 4: Countries – Australia and New Zealand, Mexico, the Caribbean and South America

Region 5: Countries – India, Africa, Russia, and one time USSR countries

Region 6: Countries – Peoples Republic regarding China

Region 7: Unused

Region 8: Used by Airlines ampersand Cruise Ships

Region 9: Expansion (often used as region free)

Technically speaking there is rejection such thing as Tract zero (0). 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 jug play it in any region. Although your DVD player can read a disc from another region you still contain to be involved with the video format old to genetic the DVD. For example, Region 1 discs are made beside 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 undoubted you can play discs from other regions.

With the addition from the Blu-ray shape the region encoding scheme has been simplified. There are now only three regions provided. Blu-ray discs can also be produced without region coding which are readable on all Blu-ray capable players. There is still the issue of video format afterward changeless within a Blu-ray region some discs may live mastered with NTSC, PAL or other video formats.

The Blu-ray regions are:

Region A – North America; Central America; South America; East and South East Asia; US territories and Bermuda

Region B – Africa; UK & Europe; Oceania; Middle East; Netherlands; British Overseas territories; French territories connective Greenland

Region C – Central et al South Asia; Mongolia; Russia and Tableware

NTSC and Buddy refers to the frames per second used handy televisions around the world. There are two telly display systems in mercantile use: PAL, which is common in UK, Europe moreover parts of Asia and delivers at a frame amount about 25 frames per second with 625 lines; NTSC is generic in USA and Canada and delivers at a frame rate from 30 frames per second using 525 lines. Picture size and pixel aspect ratios also vary but the main thing to be aware of is that all DVD players sold in PAL countries can frolicsome both kinds of discs. Most NTSC players cannot play PAL discs.