World DVD Standards and Region Information

Region Codes

Each DVD contains one or more region codes, denoting the area(s) of the world in which distribution and playback are intended. The commercial DVD player specification dictates that a player must only play discs that contain its region code. In theory, this allows the motion picture studios to control the various aspects of a release (including content, date and price) region-by-region. In practice, many DVD players allow playback of any disc, or can be modified to do so. Entirely independent of encryption, region coding pertains to regional lockout, which originated in the video game industry.

  • 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 - Australia, New Zealand, Central America, the Caribbean, Mexico, Oceania and South America
  • 5 - The rest of Africa, Former Soviet Union, the Indian subcontinent, Mongolia and North Korea
  • 6 - Mainland China

DVD (Digital Video Disc)

Digital Video Disc (DVD) is a high density disc similar in appearance to an audio CD yet capable of high fidelity video playback.
DVDs have both a built in decryption system and are coded for specific regions throughout the World. Australia is classified as Territory 4.

DVD Regions

Most DVDs in our shop are currently encoded for region 4 DVD players only for copyright and other legal reasons.
They will, however, also play on non-region specific DVD players. These are common around the world and growing in popularity as it allows the owner to view any DVD purchased from anywhere in the world.
Before purchasing any of our DVDs we would strongly recommend consulting your player manuals for compatibility.

TV Standards

Television standards differ throughout the world. Australia employs the PAL system in DVD production and television transmission (as opposed to NTSC prevalent in the United States). Please ensure you are able to play PAL standard DVD before placing your order. World Television Standards are listed below.

Almost all of the DVDs available at our shop are in PAL format.

Additionally, most DVD players are capable of playing both NTSC and PAL material. Please consult your user manual to see if your equipment is multi-format capable.

NTSC (National Television System Committee) Videos
525 Lines/60Hz
Antiqua, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Burma, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Greenland, Guam, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Japan, Korea (South), Mexico, Netherlands Antilles, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saipan, Samoa, Surinam, Taiwan (Chinese Taipei), Trinidad, Tobago, United States, Venezuela, Virgin Islands

PAL (Phase Alternating Line)
625 Lines/50Hz
Afghanistan (Kabul), Algeria, Argentina(PAL-N), Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil (PAL-M), Brunei, China (mainland), Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Korea (North), Kuwait, Liberia, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco (PAL & SECAM), Netherlands, New Guinea, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Portugal, Qatar, Romania (PAL & SECAM), Saudi Arabia (PAL & SECAM), Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay (PAL-N), Yemen (A.R.), Yugoslavia, Zambia, Zimbabwe