DVD Players and regions

Peter Grilli grilli
Wed Apr 17 14:04:39 EDT 2002

Thanks, Scott, for the warning.
So.... what is the bottom line?
Does your warning mean that a "Code Free" DVD player will NOT be able to
discs made in Japan and North American discs?
Will it be necessary to buy two DVD players if I need to watch DVDs made in
Japan and also DVDs made in the US?

This situation is getting even more confusing than the ancient Beta-vs-VHS
battles of twenty years ago!


-----Original Message-----
From: grilli at us-japan.org [mailto:grilli at us-japan.org]On Behalf Of
Voorhees.Scott at epamail.epa.gov
Sent: Wednesday, April 17, 2002 7:43 AM
To: grilli at attglobal.net
Subject: RE: DVD Players and regions

A cautionary note before purchasing a Code Free DVD player. On the
website for DVDCity, there is an explanation of the new REA technology
which will prevent the playback of DVD's purchased in North America on
Code Free machines.  The net result may be a need for two DVD players,
should you wish to view both North American (i.e., Region 1) disks and
disks from other regions. Here's the explanation of the REA system:

"Recently, the Motion Picture Association of American (MPAA) has
developed a new system called REA which will be included on almost all
new region 1 DVD releases. This new technology was created to prevent
consumers with Code Free  DVD players from watching DVD discs purchased
in North America. From now on, most region 1 DVD discs will be
including this technology. As such, you may find in the future that some
DVD discs bought in the United States will not work on your Code free
DVD player. Currently, there is no word on whether or not this
technology will be included on other regions."

Note that most new computers come equipped with a DVD-ROM drive that can
be used as a DVD player. Some computers (e.g., Japanese domestic-use
laptops) give you several opportunities to specify which Region's disks
are playable.

Scott Voorhees

                      Peter Grilli
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DVD Players and regions

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Thank you, Michiko Ito, for the link to DVDCity.  There are many types
DVD players available there, at an excellent range of prices.

One question (forgive my ignorance!):  Does "code free DVD" mean the
thing as "region free DVD"?
Can "code free DVD" players accomodate DVDs made for all regions?

Peter Grilli

-----Original Message-----
From: grilli at us-japan.org [mailto:grilli at us-japan.org]On Behalf Of Ito,
Sent: Wednesday, April 17, 2002 6:37 AM
To: grilli at attglobal.net
Subject: RE: DVD Players and regions


Just a note.  Region free DVD players are not usually available in local
stores.  If you have hard time finding one, please try here:


Michiko Ito
Japanese Studies Librarian
East Asian Library
University of Kansas Libraries
Watson Library
1425 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence KS 60045-7544
TEL: (785) 864-4669
FAX: (785) 864-5311

-----Original Message-----
From: =%iso-8859-1%q%Guillermo=20Gonzales%=
[mailto:mononoaware76 at yahoo.it]
Sent: Wednesday, April 17, 2002 7:58 AM
To: KineJapan at lists.acs.ohio-state.edu
Subject: Re: DVD Players and regions

 Is that so simple?
Ok, thank you very much.


--- Henno Sonn <hennoso at student.teologi.uio.no> ha
scritto: > just get multiregional player, then you can
> about regions at all
> h
> At 13:12 17.04.2002 +0200, you wrote:
> >  Hi Kinejapaners,
> >
> >I'm going to buy a DVD player, finally.
> >I would like to ask some tips/warnings about
> regions.
> >How to choose a player if I want to be able to see
> all
> >regions' dvds?
> >Sorry for the silly question...maybe I'm the last
> on
> >earth who doesn't know this...
> >
> >thanks
> >Guillermo
> >
> >Speciale Giochi - Civilization III

Speciale Giochi - Civilization III

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