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Re: DVD Region Codes and Debian multimedia software

On Sat, 2009-03-28 at 00:45 +0900, Bret Busby wrote:
> Hello.
> As is shown by my signature, I am in Australia.
> Some of the DVD's of movies that I want to buy, are apparently available 
> only from amazon, USA or UK.
> For whatever reason, multimedia DVD's have this horrid Region Code 
> thing, apparently designed to stop Australian audiovisual DVD players 
> from playing DVD's that are vavailable only from countries such as the 
> USA or UK, that have Region Codes that are incompatible with DVD players 
> for television sets.

I had a suspicion, more or less confirmed by Wikipedia
[ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DVD_region_code ], that most if not all
DVD players sold in Australia and New Zealand (where I am) are region
free, so this isn't an issue for us :-)

I think my Samsung player (standalone, not drive) came region locked
(presumably to keep the DVD standards people happy), but with
instructions in the manual on how to disable it (to keep Australian
competition authorities happy - we mostly get Australian market stuff
here in NZ). Kind of silly, but it seems to work :-)

I assume (and wikipedia suggests) PC drives are the same; I don't
actually watch many movies, and they're usually local ones.


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