About DVD Region Specifications

Global region codes identify DVDs and Blu-ray discs that are compatible with the players typically sold in that region.

The following are the different regions and their corresponding numerical equivalent:

Standard DVDs

  • Region 1: U.S., U.S. Territories, Canada, and Bermuda
  • Region 2: Japan, Europe (excluding Russia, Belarus and Ukraine), Greenland, South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Egypt and the Middle East
  • Region 3: Southeast Asia, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau
  • Region 4: Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, Central America, South America, Mexico and the Caribbean
  • Region 5: Afghanistan, Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, Africa (except Egypt, South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho), Central and South Asia, Mongolia and North Korea
  • Region 6: China

Blu-ray Discs

  • Region A/1: North America, Central America, South America, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia
  • Region B/2: Europe, Greenland, French territories, Middle East, Africa, Australia and New Zealand
  • Region C/3: India, Nepal, Mainland China, Russia, Central and South Asia

Note: The majority of DVDs sold by Amazon.co.uk are encoded for Region 2 only. Blu-ray discs sold by Amazon.co.uk can be encoded as Region-free or for Region B.

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