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DVD Region Codes, PAL and NTSC formats

DVD Region Codes, PAL and NTSC formats

The following maps show where the various region codes are used, and where the PAL and NTSC formats are used worldwide. If you have any doubt as to what your player and TV can playback, please consult this map.

DVD Formats...

There are two technical standards for DVDs - NTSC, and PAL. In general, different countries use different formats. Many modern DVD players can play more than one format but it is advisable to check your DVD player manual before ordering a DVD in a format you are unsure about. PAL is the standard format for the UK and most other European countries and the majority of our DVDs are in PAL format where available, for further information on a particular title please check Here is a list of all countries listed by format: 


Antigua, Antilles, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, Burma, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Equador, Guam, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Japan, Korea (South), Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saipan, Surinam, Taiwan, Trinidad, USA, Venezuela. 


Abu Duabi, Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azores, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brunei, Canary Islands, Channel Islands, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dubai, Finland, Germany (West), Ghana, Gibraltar, Greenland, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Korea (North), Kuwait, Laos, Liberia, Luxembourg, Madeira, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, Mozambique, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Saban, Sarawak, Sierre Leone, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Tibet, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Yemen, Zambia, Zanzibar, Zimbabwe. 

DVD Regions... 

DVDs are available in different regions for different countries. Most of our DVDs are region free which means they will play in all DVD players however some DVDs are only available in one region. For information on individual DVDs see Below is a list of the 6 main DVD regions and their contries: 
1: U.S., Canada, U.S. Territories
2: Japan, Europe, South Africa, and Middle East (including Egypt)
3: Southeast Asia and East Asia (including Hong Kong)
4: Australia, New Zealand, Pacifi c Islands, Central America, Mexico, South America, and the Caribbean
5: Eastern Europe (Former Soviet Union), Indian subcontinent, Africa, North Korea, and Mongolia
6: China

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