Those of you in India will pretty much be facing this message when you try to play most International DVDs or DVDs purchased on

The region code encoded in a DVD is to ensure that the DVD is played only in players enabled for the region in which the DVD is meant to be distributed. This is supposed to control the distribution of DVD and therefore piracy.

What region is your DVD ?

All you need to look at the back of the DVD case for a sign with the region indicated.

0-"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
Or look for the words - For Sale in India only (or whichever country it mentions)
But then - DON'T WORRY !
If you have legally bought a DVD you have every right to watch it on your player.
All your DVD players come with preset region code. Ex: If you but a player in India it will be enabled to region 5. The workaround is that all players have codes that let you access the region code menu and all you have to do is change the region to '0' enabling you to play any DVD from any region (almost!).

How do you get this menu for your player ?

1.Search the great world wide web, yup, the Internet. Somebody would have put in the instructions and code to press on your remote to access the menu

2. Call up your Player Brand's customer care and ask them for instructions and access codes. (They may ask you why and you can express your frustration on how a legally bought DVD in India (or your country) is not playing in India (or your country)) They have to give you this.

Follow the instructions to the T and Voila ! your DVD player will play almost any DVD from anywhere. (Why the 'Almost' ? I believe there are some enhancements in DVDs which do not allow them to be played even in region free players. Haven't come across any so far, but will let you know if I do.)


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