Playing DVDs From Other Regions

by on September 14, 2007

Q: I have a DVD from Australia but it won’t play in my DVD player I just get an error telling me that the DVD’s regional code needs 2 be changed. The DVD will play on my laptop though. Is there anything I can do to get it to play on my DVD player so I can watch it on my TV?

A: Your standalone DVD player will not play DVDs that are from regions other than its home region. DVD Manufacturers use firmware and/or switches to lock the DVD players to a specific region. You should consult the documentation that came with your DVD player to see if its region can be changed. If not you may have to purchase a DVD player from the correct region or a DVD player that can play discs from multiple regions.