Blu-ray and DVD region codes

 Blu-ray Region Codes

Guide map of Blu-ray region codes. This map shows the different Blu-ray codes and the areas in wh...Guide map of Blu-ray region codes. This map shows the different Blu-ray codes and the areas in which they are utilized.

Region A: This region covers all of North America, South America and South East Asia.
Region B: This encompasses Europe, Africa, Middle East, French territories and Greenland.
Region C: Region which covers the rest of the world including Russia, Asia, and China.

 

DVD Region Codes

Guide map showing how DVD region codes are separated and administered by geographic location.Guide map showing how DVD region codes are separated and administered by geographic location.
There are 6 individual region codes with which DVDs are embedded. These 6 region codes function the same way as Blu-ray region codes. A DVD disc from region 1 would be encoded as region code 1 and is therefore only operable in a DVD player that originated from region 1. The same is true for region 2, region 3, and so on.
Region 1: USA & Canada, Bermuda, and US Territories
Region 2: Europe (with the exceptions of Russia, Ukraine, Belarus), Japan, South Africa, Swaziland, Middle East, Egypt, Lesotho, and Greenland
Region 3: Southeastern Asia
Region 4: Latin America and Australia
Region 5: Russia, Asia (non-southeast), and Africa
Region 6: China
Additional Region Code Information
As a side note, there are technically 3 other region codes aside from regions 1-6. These are regions 0, 7, and 8.
Region 0 means that no region code has been embedded, or that the disc has been embedded for regions 1 through 6. This type is generally referred to as being a “region free” disc.
Region 7 is reserved mainly for future use. As of now, region 7 is only used by MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) and in Asia for copies intended only for use by the media.
Region 8 is employed only for international use and therefore only utilized for discs used by airline or cruise ship industries.