Are Blu-ray Discs Region Coded, Like DVDs?

Blu-ray Disc Region Code Map. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

Question: Are Blu-ray Discs Region Coded, Like DVDs?

Answer: Blu-ray has instituted a Region Coding scheme, however, it is more logical than current DVD Region Codes.

For Blu-ray Discs, there are three regions, designated as follows:

Region A: U.S., Japan, Latin America, East Asia (except China).

Region B: Europe, Africa, Australia, New Zealand

Region C: China, Russia, India, remaining countries.

However, despite the provisions for Blu-ray Disc region coding, many Blu-ray Discs are released without region coding.

In this case, then you may be able to play a non-region coded disc that is released in another area of the World.

To find out if a specific Blu-ray Disc is region-coded or region-free - check out the comprehensive listings at Region Free

However, keep in mind that many Blu-ray Discs also contain standard resolution supplementary materials (such as making of, interviews, behind the scenes, deleted scenes, etc...) that may be in NTSC or PAL. If you are in an NTSC-based country, you may not be able to access any material in the special features section of the Blu-ray Disc that is recorded in the PAL format (see list of PAL countries). Also, make sure that if the film or program is in another language, that there are subtitles, or an alternate audio track, included in your language.

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