Blu-ray players are made to play only certain discs authorized for a specific geographic region. It’s very similar to region codes for DVDs, but instead of using numbers, Blu-ray uses letters A, B, and C to differentiate between regions. You can usually tell which region your player is in by looking at the bottom of the player or in the instruction manual. The three different regions are broken down as:
Region A – This region encompasses almost all of North, Central, and South America, as well as the countries of Southeast Asia, including the Republic of China (Taiwan), Hong Kong, Japan, and Korea.
Region B – This region consists of most European, African, and Southwest Asian countries, plus New Zealand and Australia.
Region C – This region is for all other countries in Central and South Asia, including Russia and the People’s Republic of China.
In terms of particles, this means that if you have a region code A Blu-ray movie disc, you will need a region A player to watch the movie. The reason behind region codes is to allow movie providers, producers, or movie studios to regulate different content, release dates, prices, etc. for each region. However, while players are required to support region coding, content providers are not. There is even a current trend in movie studios to produce region-free discs so that they can be played on any player, regardless of their region code.
Movie studios like Universal and Paramount Pictures released their movies without regions. Sony and Warner Bros. have also released most of their movies region-free. Walt Disney and Lionsgate tend to have a mix of region-free and encrypted movie releases. While MGM and Twentieth Century movies are almost always released with region codes.
Region-free Blu-ray discs look great, but you have to keep a few factors in mind. Most discs have additional standard resolution features. Things like interviews with directors, deleted or extra scenes, and trailers. These additional functions can be in NTSC or PAL. Therefore, if you are in a PAL-based region, you may not be able to access NTSC-recorded features on the disc. Subtitles in your language are another thing to look for.
Blu-Ray players from various regions
Multi-region Blu-ray players can play all 3 regions, A, B and C. These players do not require a PAL-NSTC TV to view Blu-ray discs. Any regular TV that has HDMI inputs can display the movies without the need for a converter. There should be no problems with video standards, with 50/60 Hz, resolution, voltage, etc. Some region free Blu-ray players:
-Pioneer Elite BDP-23FD
– Pioneer BDP-320