Welcome to this page on what are region codes in DVD players and DVD RW drives in your computer or your DVD Recorder that you use to record movies from your TV set.


DVD movies or DVD players have region codes, and they typically only play on a player or DVD-ROM drive sold in the country where the DVD movie was sold.

The actual region code is in one byte on the DVD (digital versatile disc). The DVD player or drive has a region code in its firmware. Personal computer DVD-ROM players often have the code in the software or MPEG-2 decoder. The two codes must match for the player or drive to play the movie. The code is also printed on the back of a DVD package, superimposed on a small image of the globe.

In the case of using a blank disc in your computers DVD-RW drive the drive its self is Region locked to the country the devise was sold in.


Region code protection is used by the movie studios to thwart unauthorized duplication of their copyrighted material and to control the worldwide release dates. Movie studios agreed to the DVD format when DVD manufacturers agreed to put a region code on every disc. However, unauthorized hacks to the Windows 98 registry have allowed some to play any DVD on their personal computers.

DVD regional locking is used to control which DVD movies play in which countries or groups of countries. Movies are often released on different dates around the world. Region 1 has its own player that will only play Region 1 discs. Likewise, Region 2 players can only play Region 2 discs and not play any of Region 1's discs. The six codes are:

  1. United States and Canada
  2. Europe and Japan
  3. Southeast Asia
  4. Latin America and Australia
  5. Russia, rest of Asia and Africa
  6. China

Now this is why I set my page up to help you copy your DVD disc and make it play in any Country the codes are added by the program Shrink DVD. 

No matter what codes the DVD player or DVD-Rom in your Computer have they will have no problems reading as the copy disc has the codes added for that region of that country when you burn it using Shrink just follow my instructions on this page here.