Blu-ray Regions Codes: Are All Blu-ray Discs Locked?
Blu-Ray Regions Information
What is Blu-ray Region Code?
Usually, Blu-ray regions have been separated in three different zones. Check it below:
Region A: North America, Central America, South America, Japan, Taiwan, North Korea, South Korea, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia.
Region B: Europe, Greenland, French territories, Middle East, Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
Region C: India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Mainland China, Pakistan, Russia, Central and South Asia.
Where to Find the Region Code of My Blu-ray/DVD Discs?
Actually, many Blu-ray discs have been encoded to support all regions virtually now. That's to say they are region-free. And you can play the region-free discs on any area of the world. To find out if a specific Blu-ray Disc is region-coded or region-free - check out the comprehensive listings at Region Free Movies.com.
Why Do Blu-ray Discs Have Regions?
For the film industry, the area code is to protect the rights and interests of films in various regions and it prevents the occurrence of piracy in this regard. At the same time, due to cultural differences, the content tabooed by each country is also different. This also makes sense that some video content is not allowed to be played in some countries. In avoiding unnecessary disputes, the region code plays a big role.
(To cater the audiences in different countries, some films will be partially adjusted in different regions when they are released. As shown above, in the Japanese version of the movie Inside Out, the fragments about broccoli are adjusted to green pepper because Japanese kids generally hate green peppers, not broccoli.)
However, with the restrictions of region codes, it is inconvenient for disc collectors to play discs from different countries. Fortunately, it is not impossible to unlock region code of DVD and Blu-ray discs. People have discovered many ways such as updating the player hardware, turning the player into one that can modify the region code indefinitely, or removing the region code by decrypting the disc to digital formats. To achieve this, using an excellent ripper is vital.
FAQs About Blu-ray Region Codes & Playing Blu-rays
Are all Blu-rays region free?
Can I play a Blu-ray on my laptop?
Do 4K UHD Blu-ray discs have region codes?
Guide - Play Blu-ray Discs without Region Restriction
With VideoByte Blu-ray Player, you can play any commercial Blu-ray disc released in any region. Actually, this Blu-ray player supports any Blu-ray disc, Blu-ray folder, Blu-ray ISO playback on computer for watching. And it isn't restricted by the region codes. To get a Blu-ray disc play on your computer, you need to do some preparation.
- A Windows or Mac PC
- An external Blu-ray drive
- VideoByte Blu-ray Player
- Internet connection
- Blu-ray disc
Now you can refer to the simple guide on how to play Blu-ray with VideoByte Blu-ray Player.
Step-by-Step Tutorial Video on How to Play Blu-ray Discs