What are Region Codes?

Last Update Date : Apr 04. 2018

Region codes prevent DVD players bought in one geographical region from playing DVDs bought in other geographical regions.
There are 8 regions (also called "locales"). Manufacturers usually mark players and discs with the number of the region with which they are compatible, superimposed on a world globe. DVD players have only one number. Discs can have more than one or, in some cases, none.  Discs with no region code numbers play on any player in any country.

A DVD player's region code is incorporated into the firmware of the DVD player by the manufacturer. It cannot be changed by the customer.

A list of region codes and regions is below:

What are Region Codes ?




USA, Canada


Europe, Middle East, Japan, South Africa


South Korea, Taiwan, HK, ASEAN


Australia, NZ, Latin America


Ex-Soviets, Indian sub-continent, Africa



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East Africa

Kenya 0800 545 545
Tanzania 0800 780089
Sudan 1969
Uganda 0800 300 300
DRC 499 999
Rwanda 9999

West Africa

Nigeria 0800 726 7864
Ghana 0800 100077
Senegal 80000-0077
Ivory Coast 8000-0077
Cameroon 67095 0077

South Africa

South Africa 0860 726 7864
Mozambique 847267864
Zambia 0211 350 370 / 3434
Namibia 08 197 267 864
Mauritius 00230 460 3830
Reunion 02625088 80
Zimbabwe 0808 0204

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