The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0779  Friday, 25 April 2003

From:           Tanya Gough <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Thursday, 24 Apr 2003 09:21:51 -0400
Subject: 14.0760 Re: Kozintsev Hamlet and Lear
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0760 Re: Kozintsev Hamlet and Lear

>When you say US DVD format, are you implying that such a format would
>not work on UK kit?

Welcome to DVD coding 101

Pay attention, as there might be a pop quiz later.

DVDs are "encoded" to specific geographical regions, with North America
(US and Canada) comprising Region 1, Europe, South Africa and Japan uses
Region 2, South East Asia is Region 3, etc.  Thus, Region 1 DVD players
can only play Region 1 DVDs, and so forth.

HOWEVER, there are some machines which are "region coding blind",
meaning that they don't check for region coding and can effectively play
any DVD.  As far as I know, these are much more readily available in
Europe than in the US or Canada, so it's always worth checking out if
you're in the market for a new DVD player.

There are also Region 0, or Internationally coded DVDs, which can be
played on any machine.  Generally, these are to be found on DVDs
produced by smaller companies, while major studios tend to adhere more
closely to the region coding system to prevent problems with
international rights issues and piracy.

I will be posting this explanation on my site later today for future
reference, if needed.

Technically yours,
Tanya Gough
Poor Yorick Shakespeare Catalogue

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