DVD Region encoding is the method used by media companies and DVD
manufacturers to attempt to prevent DVDs from moving from one region
of the world to another. The companies feel that this is preferable
for a number of reasons, including
* A movie may be released on DVD in one country before it has appeared
on movie screens in another.
* DVDs may sell for different prices in different countries, and the
companies don't want a DVD intended for sale at a lower price in
Cambodia to appear in the United States as a result of international
Region 1 includes the United States and Canada.
Region 2 includes most of Western Europe.
DVD players intended for use in the United States are frequently
hard-coded so that they will only play Region 1 DVDs intended for use
in the United States. If you buy a Region 2 DVD in Great Britain, it
will probably not work with a Region 1 DVD player purchased in the
Playstation Reporter has this article [
http://www.psreporter.com/dvd_region_codes.php ] which exactly
describes each DVD region and the countries included within each
The BBC has posted this article which explains the technology and also
describes the futility of using DVD region codes: [
"The Region Coding system works by dividing the world into six
regions, with the United States in Region One and the UK in Region
Two. DVD players sold in any region can only play DVDs from the same
region, so a film bought on DVD in the USA (Region One) won't play on
a DVD player bought in the UK (Region Two)."
"In practice, most if not all DVD players sold in the UK can be made
to play discs from other regions and many, perhaps most, do," he says.
"This does not mean that manufacturers are shipping players that are
multi-region, but that they can be modified by retailers, or can be
made multi-region by the user."
Google Search: "dvd region encoding"
I hope this helps you!