How do I play a DVD from the UK in the US?

Anonymous September 5, 2013

My friend in the US bought the new Glasvegas CD with bonus DVD, but the DVD won’t play. The DVD does say 0 region. I’ve heard it may have to do with NTSC & PAL but as I’m not very techy what is the simplest way to help/advise her? Thanks.

  1. Robert M
    September 10, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Thanks again for all your replies & help.

  2. David C
    September 10, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Dvds from the UK are PAL format and dvds from USA are North American region 1 format. If you have an older dvd player, it may not work, but the newer dvd usually will say it plays all regions unless its a cheap one.

    • Bruce E
      September 12, 2013 at 2:00 am

      PAL and NTSC are two different video broadcast stream formats and determine things like how many scan lines are used to make the image, etc. Region codes are not related to them and have nothing to do with any specific "format" of anything. They are merely used to restrict what portion of the world where specific discs can be played by having players purchased in those regions locked to only be able to use discs with that particular region code.

  3. Nicola D
    September 5, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Hi, you have to change the dvd region in the options of your dvd drive in the system of the computer. But if you have a independent dvd unit, the solution is to use a software like dvdfab to remove the restrictions.

  4. Hovsep A
    September 5, 2013 at 12:03 pm
  5. Robert M
    September 5, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Thanks for the replies i'll pass them on & hopefully it will fix her issues.

  6. Oron J
    September 5, 2013 at 11:44 am

    The "region" is more like copy protection than a technical limitation like NTSC/PAL. Basically, the body that created the DVD video standard decided to divide the world into five regions, and a DVD may be limited to specific regions, or it can be region-free (playable anywhere). The region is encoded in a single byte at the beginning of the DVD, so it is technically very easy to override the limitation.
    One way is to hack the DVD player to become region free. This is VERY easy to do. Basically, you need a special "unlock code" for your player, which you can find on the internet, and you type that into the DVD player's remote and this means that from this point on the player will not check the region byte. On a computer, the simplest approach is to use VLC as a video player, as it it ignorant of regions to begin with.

  7. Alan W
    September 5, 2013 at 11:30 am

    It is about the format and one way around it is to search online for an unlock code for your DVD player to make it region free. With a bit of digging you may be able to get the code free but make sure you search for the right model number of the DVD player.

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