How to Play Region 2 DVD with DVD Player/PS4?
Last Updated on January 27, 2021 by Robert Jackson
It bothers a lot when you finally acquired a rare movie or music DVD, you find it a Region 2 disc that cannot play on your Region 1 DVD player (US & Canada). But that doesn’t mean that you cannot play the DVD on US soil with your Region 1 device.
Today, I’ll help you out of this embarrassing situation of playing Region 2 DVD. I will tell you 3 methods that you can use to play a Region 2 DVD without errors at all. Continue your reading and find out more details.
1. Why DVDs have region codes
First of all, the region code is a method that DVD publishers will add on commercial disks to control the global distribution. Disc with a region code can only be played by a Region-free DVD player or a DVD player that has the same region code.
- Related reading: DVD Region Code: How to Bypass or Change the DVD Region Code
In other words, if you want to watch a movie with a DVD, you can only go to the local store or Amazon (US) to purchase some Region 1 DVDs. You cannot get some secondhand Region 2 discs or ask your European or Japanese friends to send you some unless you have a Region 2 or Region-free DVD player.
In this way, you either get yourself a new Region 1 disc or purchase an expensive Region-free device.
2. How to play a Region 2 DVD
In this section, you’ll find 3 methods that you can use to play a Region 2 DVD. Pick up one that fits you most and play your Region 2 DVD.
Method 1 Convert the Region 2 DVD to a digital file
If you try to play a Region 2 DVD on a big screen, I guess this is the only way to play it.
Since your NTSC TV is incapable of playing an NTSC DVD, you can use your computer to convert the DVD movie into a compatible digital file that can play on your big-screen. Check out more details below:
Download a DVD converter program on your computer
Load up your DVD to Tipard DVD Ripper
Launch Tipard DVD Ripper on your computer and insert the Region 2 disc into the disc tray. Click the Load DVD option to import the disc to Tipard.
Decide the profile parameters of the output movie
Next, as Tipard finishes analyzing the DVD, you need to set up a few things.
Finish the conversion
When everything is on set, click Rip All button to start converting your DVD into MP4.
The process will be complete in a few minutes. Tipard will open the destination folder by default, check out the DVD movie (.mp4) there.
Now, you may upload the MP4 video to your big-screen through a USB flash drive. Or if your TV supports cloud sharing, do it anyway.
Method 2 Switch to a Region 2 DVD player
The easiest way to play a Region 2 DVD is to get yourself a Region 2 or Region-free DVD player. A Region-free DVD player means that it carries no region code so it can play any DVDs in any region.
But when you purchase a Region 2 player, remember to get yourself a PAL TV.
Method 3 Change the region code of your DVD Player
There’re ways to make your DVD player Region-free. Check this out:
Step 1 Power on the player
Step 2 Open the tray
Step 3 Push the info on the remote
Step 4 Press 9 on the remote
Step 5 Power off the player
Step 6 Power on the play again
Now, the DVD player should be set in Region 9, the code for Region-free.
FAQ: Can I play a Region 2 DVD on PS4?
Some of you may wonder if you can use your PlayStation 4 to play a Region 2 DVD, the answer is positive.
By the time you sign up with your PSN account, this game will lock to a region that your account belongs. Let’s say you created this account in the US and your PS4 has locked to Region 1 since then.
But luckily, we can change the region code of your PS4 in seconds.