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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 which areas they are utilized in.

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 of 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 in 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 and so forth, all the way to region 6.

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 region 0, region 7 and region 8.

Region 0 means that no type of 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.