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International Codes

Broadcast TV regions/codes have become more complicated with DVD technology. There are six broadcasting regions for which the digital video disc (DVD) was developed:


  • Region 1: USA and Canada
  • Region 2: Europe, Japan, the Middle East, North Africa, Egypt, and South Africa
  • Region 3: Taiwan, The Philippines, Korea, Indonesia, Hong Kong
  • Region 4: Mexico, Central & South America, Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, and the Caribbean
  • Region 5: Russia, Eastern Europe, India, North Korea, and East and West Africa
  • Region 6: China


A Note of Warning

If you should want to purchase a VHS, DVD, or Blu-ray disc while traveling abroad, please check the format of your VHS, DVD or Blu-ray videos, as well as the region codes of the DVD or Blu-ray discs before your purchase. If you have acquired any international video materials and would like to ask the Foreign Langauges Multimedia lab about having it converted from PAL or SECAM standards to NTSC, from NTSC to PAL, or analog VHS converted into a DVD, please contact the Lab for more information and procedures regarding copyright laws.

by schrod69 — last modified Feb 03, 2017 02:43 PM