When we insert a DVD into a DVD player, the TV screen may pop out a notification saying ‘Incorrect Region Code’. In the worst situation, the disc will eject by itself. As a result, there is no playback and therefore no joy.

To watch the DVD, we need to know what the DVD region code is first.

Part 1: What Is DVD Region Code

As part of the DRM (digital rights management), the DVD region code is what DVD publishers will apply to DVDs. This helps them control global distribution and prevent improper disk trade.

DVD publishers consider the world as 8 regions and title them with a related code. These are the details of the region codes:

  • REGION 1 — United States, Canada;
  • REGION 2 — Japan, Europe, South Africa, Middle East, Greenland;
  • REGION 3 — South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Parts of South East Asia;
  • REGION 4 — Australia, New Zealand, Middle, and South America;
  • REGION 5 — Eastern Europe, Russia, India, and the rest of Africa;
  • REGION 6 — Mainland China;
  • REGION 7 — Reserved for unspecified particular use;
  • REGION 8 — Special international venues for air and oceanic travel.

Note that there is this REGION 0/All code that stands for No Region Lock.

DVD Region Code

Why Is Region Code Planted on DVDs

There’s only one reason manufacturers will spend money and time to install region codes on DVD – profits.

To begin with, publishers will release and sell DVDs in specific regions. Local customers will buy them and enjoy the content with local equipment. Local manufacturers will make a profit from the sales of region-locked DVDs and DVD players of the same region code.

If there’s no region code on the DVD, any DVD player can play this disc. This means a US DVD will be running on a German DVD player. And the German manufacturers lose their profit.

With region code, even if an American buys a DVD from Germany, a new DVD player is a must. And new profit starts.

Part 2: How to Remove & Bypass DVD Region Code

To bypass the DVD region code and play the DVD successfully, we have three methods.

The first one is to rip the DVD as a digital video file and bypass the region code from the file.

Besides, we can just purchase a compatible DVD player.

Also, though some DVD players are region-locked, there’s a chance to turn it region-free. It takes a bit of luck and skills.

Method 1: How to Remove  Region Code on DVD

Insert the DVD into the computer’s disk drive and launch a DVD ripper to rip the DVD content.

With a ripping, we transform the DVD-formatted movie into a more compatible video file like MP4. We may transfer and watch on your TV without using the DVD player.

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Step 1 Download DVD Ripper on your computer

Step 2 Pop your DVD into the disk drive of your PC

If the region code of the disk drive is incompatible, you can manually change the region code of the drive.

Follow these:

  • On your computer, search for Device Manager and open the console.
  • Locate DVD/CD-ROM drives and right-click on the practical drive from the drop-down list, click Properties.
  • On a pop-out window, go to DVD Region and scroll down to select a suitable region code.
  • Hit OK to confirm.

Change DVD Drive Region Code

Step 3 Upload the DVD to the DVD ripper software

Launch the DVD ripper and click the Load DVD button to input the disk into the ripper. The DVD ripper will display all titles as well as audio and subtitles of the DVD in a few seconds.

Tipard DVD Ripper Ripping Process

Then, hit Rip All to and locate MP4, choose the Same as Source option. Choose the suitable audio channel and subtitles for the output movie.

Click the Rip All button to start the ripping.

Step 4 Enjoy the DVD movie

When the process is complete, click Open Output Folder to locate the DVD video. You may watch it on your computer now.

Method 2: How to Bypass DVD Region Code with A New DVD Player

To play the DVD, the quickest way is to get a compatible DVD player and connect it to your TV.

Note that if you have multiple DVDs from different regions, a region-free DVD player (Region-0 or All-Region DVD player) fits you well. This is the DVD hardware that is compatible with DVDs from 8 regions. You can play any disc on this DVD player without playback failure.

Region-free DVD Players Label

Note that compared to regular region-locked ones, the region-free models are normally $15 to $20 more expensive.

By the way, there are multi-region DVD players as well. This kind of hardware will play DVDs from multiple regions. But note that they cannot play for all regions.

Method 3: How to Bypass DVD By Making the DVD Player Region Free

Manufacturers leave access to turn a region-locked DVD player into a non-region device. We can easily achieve this via the remote.

Try this:

Power on the DVD player and eject the disc from the tray if there’s one.

Then, enter an activation code to remove the region code. Note that every brand has its own code:

  • Samsung: 29334
  • Sony: 12345
  • Toshiba: 2403960
  • Philips: 1389310
  • Panasonic: 1234567890

If you use another brand of DVD player, contact customer service.

Next, hit the Enter or Home key on the remote to confirm the removal. Restart the DVD player. You can try to play DVDs from other regions now.

In short:

DVD region code is such a big trouble if we have discs from other countries. And sadly, we can’t change or remove the region code on a DVD. To make the region-locked DVD play, buy a new DVD player. Or convert the DVD to digital and remove the region code from the files.

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