DVD Region Codes Explained
What does a DVD Region Code mean?
The idea behind Region Codes for DVD movies was created to control the exportation of movies to other countries, thus eliminating the possibility of purchasing a DVD movie which has yet to be played at a local movie theatre.
- For example: standard DVD players purchased in the U.S. or Canada will only play DVDs that specify they are REGION 1 dvds; standard DVD players purchased in New Zealand will only play DVDs that specify they are REGION 4 DVDs.
- For example: Region 4 DVDs WON'T PLAY in a standard Region 1 DVD player; Region 1 DVDs WON'T PLAY in a standard Region 4 DVD player.
- U.S.A. and CANADA share the SAME REGION CODE: Region 1. An R1 dvd purchased in Canada is exactly the same as an R1 dvd purchased in the U.S., and vice versa.
Here is a list of DVD Regions and their corresponding countries:
- R1 Region 1 ~ U.S.A., U.S. Territories and Canada
- R2 Region 2 ~ Europe, Japan, the Middle East, Egypt, South Africa, Greenland
- R3 Region 3 ~ Taiwan, Korea, the Philippines, Indonesia, Hong Kong
- R4 Region 4 ~ Mexico, South and Central America, Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, Caribbean
- R5 Region 5 ~ Russia, Eastern Europe, India, Africa (excluding South Africa), North Korea, Mongolia
- R6 Region 6 ~ China