Princeton University Cataloging Documentation
DVD Region codes:
Normally each DVD should contain one or more region codes, indicating the area[s] of the world in which they are intended for distribution and playback. The codes used are as follows:
0 =Informal term meaning "playable in all regions"
1 = Bermuda, Canada, United States and U.S. territories
2 = The Middle East, Western Europe, Central Europe, Egypt, French overseas territories, Greenland, Japan, Lesotho, South Africa and Swaziland
3 = Southeast Asia, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea and Taiwan
4 = Australasia, Central America, the Caribbean, Mexico, Oceania, South America
5 = The rest of Africa, Former Soviet Union, the Indian subcontinent, Mongolia, North Korea
6 = Mainland China
7 = Reserved for future use (found in use on protected screener copies of MPAA-related DVDs, and "media-copies" of pre-releases in Asia)
8 = International venues such as aircraft, cruise ships, etc.
9 = Reserved for future-use; currently used for region-free
The codes may look like the following and usually appear on the lower back of each DVD case
Note that a DVD may have any combination of the codes or lack one altogether.
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