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Question for my geeky friends

Since I'm in America, and thus in region 1, I take it that if I bought a DVD for - say - region 4 that it wouldn't play here? What about on my computer? (Which is how I play DVDs.) Is there any way to get a region 4 DVD to play on a computer made for region 1?

I haven't bought said DVD yet, but I bid on it before noticing the "region 4" thing.

If it helps, I got this DVD drive over 2 years ago. Not sure exactly when, but I know I was living in Creston at the time, which makes it 2 years or more. Probably more.

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deaana
Jun. 1st, 2008 12:06 pm (UTC)
To my knowledge, you can select a different region for a dvd player but there is a set number of times you can change it. So, say if you had 2 you could change one to be the other region if you wanted and still be able to play region 1 on the other one. But if you change your 1 dvd player X many times, it will stop and you won't be able to change it, so like you wouldn't be able to change it back and forth in between dvds.

we had this problem when we moved to japan, we couldn't buy any of the local market dvds because of it and there weren't enough of them to warrant changing any of our dvd players like that. WE just bought the shows we wanted through amazon.com
bart_calendar
Jun. 1st, 2008 12:11 pm (UTC)
You can usually change the region three times before it locks you into a region.

There are also hacks available online to completely dezone most players.
sexperimental
Jun. 1st, 2008 12:29 pm (UTC)
Not sure about the PC but for Mac users there is a piece of software that will unlock all regions on the system DVD player. When you first use Mac's DVD Player it will play any region for the first half dozen plays and then you have to select a region. The patch unlocks that and allows all tregions to be played.
I would assume that there is similar software for the PC.
Check out www.VersionTracker.com to see if you can download one.
for cracks check out www.serialz.to
kelly_holden
Jun. 1st, 2008 12:29 pm (UTC)
Ditto everyone else, but also, I think DVD drives are zoned too, and have been since their introduction. I dunno if you can hack them like DVD players, but it's worth looking.

What's the DVD, btw?
alex_antonin
Jun. 1st, 2008 12:51 pm (UTC)
The DVD is "Welcome To LazyTown," contains the first ever LazyTown episode, and possibly others.
kelly_holden
Jun. 1st, 2008 01:14 pm (UTC)
If it's the Aussie one (which I think is a safe presumption from the mention of region 4), the other three eps are Sports Day, Rottenbeard, and Defeeted according to Wikipedia.
fayanora
Jun. 2nd, 2008 09:02 am (UTC)
Aye.
kelly_holden
Jun. 1st, 2008 11:15 pm (UTC)
Oh, and if you don't win but still want it, I could pick it up for you, they wanted $AU16 at the local K-Mart last I looked. Still haven't bought it for myself, but that's because I heard they're even cheaper at Big W, but we haven't got one in Nowra, but they do in Canberra where I'm going in less than a month.
fayanora
Jun. 2nd, 2008 09:03 am (UTC)
If I can figure out a way to play region 4 DVDs, I may take you up on that offer if need be.
princemuchao
Jun. 1st, 2008 04:57 pm (UTC)
AnyDVD can rip and re-burn a region-encoded DVD to whatever region you want. That's what I used when I bought the Russian version of Nightwatch (since I knew they would evicerate the US version).

Looks like "DVD Region+CSS Free" will play region free CDs without reburning, but I have never tested it so cannot say for certain. There is a healthy torrent out there for it at http://btjunkie.org/torrent/DVD-Region-CSS-Free-v5-9-8-3/432491f4ce27e7f23f91d1ba000fe464486b84738f30
fayanora
Jun. 2nd, 2008 08:54 am (UTC)
I don't have a DVD burner, though. Just a DVD reader.

Is there a way to tell what region, if any, by DVD reader is set to?
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fayanora
Jun. 2nd, 2008 09:00 am (UTC)
Say, did anyone already submit the existence of the DMCA to wtf_humans?

Nope, not yet.

But you say VLC should be able to play it? I hope so.
kengr
Jun. 2nd, 2008 08:59 am (UTC)
As others have noted, most DVD gear is required to limit the number of times you change the region.

Some DVD players are "region free" but not many.

This whole region thing is something that needs to be banned actually. It exists *solely* so that the Movie & TV folks can orchestrate release dates for various areas and not have to do worldwide publicity for new releases. They can spread it out over several years as they release in different areas.
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