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DVD & Blu-Ray Region Codes

Will DVDs and Blu-ray discs purchased from play in any player around the world?

No. Each DVD product is manufactured with a specified region code, allowing playback only in the world region in which the product is distributed.

Most DVDs on are Region 4, which incorporates Australia, New Zealand, Central America, Oceania, South America, and Mexico; however, multi-region DVD players—which play DVDs from all or a number of regions—are also available. You will need to refer to your DVD player manufacturer or player specifications to see which type it is.

Code Area
0 Playable in ALL regions
1 Bermuda, Canada, United States and U.S. territories
2 Western Europe, most of Central Europe, the Middle East, Egypt, Greenland, Japan, Lesotho, South Africa, Swaziland
3 Southeast Asia, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea, Taiwan
4 Central America, Oceania, South America, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand
5 The rest of Africa, Eastern Europe, South Asia, Mongolia, North Korea, Russia
6 Mainland China

Blu-ray discs may also be encoded with a region code, similar to the DVD region codes; however, the geographical regions differ (please see below).

Code Area
A East Asia (except Mainland China and Mongolia), Southeast Asia, the Americas and their dependencies.
B Africa, Southwest Asia, Europe (except Russia), Oceania and their dependencies. (Includes Australia, New Zealand, and New Guinea)
C Central Asia, East Asia (Mainland China and Mongolia only), South Asia, Central Eurasia and their dependencies.

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