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Help: DVD & Blu-ray "Regions"?

What are "regions" for DVDs and Blu-ray discs?

In order to control the distribution of its products across different markets, the motion picture industry has divided the world into several different "regions" or "zones".

Most (but not all) DVDs and Blu-ray discs are encoded for a specific region. For example, most DVDs produced in the USA are encoded for Region 1, while most DVDs produced in Australia are Region 4.

Many (but not all) DVD and Blu-ray players are manufactured only to play discs that are encoded for the "region" in which the player will be sold. For example, a DVD player purchased from a typical retailer in Australia may only play Region 4 DVDs.

What region are your DVDs and Blu-ray discs? How can I tell?

We sell discs encoded for number of different regions.

Most of our DVDs are one of the following: Region 4 (Australia & New Zealand), Region 1 (North America) or Region 2 (Europe).

Most of our Blu-ray discs are one of the following: Region B (Australia, New Zealand & Europe) or Region A (North America).

On our website, you can see the region of each DVD or Blu-ray product in the "Details" section of the product page.

I have an Australian player. Can I play discs from different regions?

Some DVD and Blu-ray players sold in Australia will only play discs encoded for the local region (Region 4 for DVDs or Region B for Blu-rays).

Other players are "multi-region" (or "multi-zone"), which means they can play discs from any region.

For more information, check the manufacturer's specifications for your player.