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DANGER! REGION - by Charles Sanzone

posted Feb 7, 2011, 10:56 AM by Tip Top
PAGE 1 – Buy Hard to Find DVD (not released) on EBAY

VHS: Same ½” tape, different analog signal.
NTSC 30fps USA & Japan        PAL 25fps Europe
Language different.

DVD & Computer Disks Single Standard
DVD players play both NTSC 30fps and PAL 25fps.
Different language and subtitles on same DVD.

PAGE 2 – Regions – Slice Up The Map
1-Price Discrimination – price according to what each market is willing to pay & profit margin.  Complicated.
2-Release Date – Motion picture released to some countries later.  Takes time to dub or subtitle.

PAGE 3 – Nero Burn Software Shows Region
All Region DVD – Play on any player
    Limited Copyright, personal exchange
All Region Player – Plays almost anything
EXCEPT some DVDs – See PAGE 1

PAGE 4 – Region 2 in DVD Player or PC
Computer Drive Region Change Limited    DANGER!
    Run out of “times” drive stuck another region!

Other Techniques:    Macrovision – can’t copy from output
Encrypted – can’t copy disk
Disable Functions – Can’t skip copyright

Blu-Ray disks only 3 regions A, B and C.

Caution – Buying DVDs on ebay – make sure they are Region 1 for the US

Some Region 1 DVDs won’t play on “modified” All Region Player
1 – US & Territories, Bermuda, Canada
2 – Europe (most), Japan, Middle East, Egypt, South Africa
3 – Hong Kong, South Korea, SE Asia, Taiwan,
4 – Mexico, Central & South America, Australia
5 – North Korea, Russia, Africa (except Egypt, South Africa)
6 – Hong Kong, People’s Republic of China
Disk can be more than one Region such as 2, 4 and 5 or ALL.

Tip Top,
Feb 7, 2011, 1:09 PM