DVD region codes
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DVD regions

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Examples in Voyager

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.