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DVD standards

by MagickWizard / February 9, 2005 4:32 AM PST

Are American DVDs playable in Europe? I know VHS tapes have to be in PAL format to play there but what about DVDs?

I want to send some DVDs to a friend in Germany but want to be sure they will plqay on her plaqyer.

Thanks for your help.

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DVD standards
by jcrobso / February 9, 2005 6:36 AM PST
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NO. Americain DVD's are NTSC. Europen DVD's are PAL.
But if you capture a NTSC video from you camera into video editing software you can export into a PAL format with some software. John

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by timwerx / February 9, 2005 10:42 AM PST
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There are two basic problems: format and regional code. Format (NTSC/PAL, etc.) was mentioned above. Besides this, there are "regions" (, which are supposed to keep people from buying new movies on DVD before the movie actually opens in local theaters. America is Region 1, Europe is Region 2.

What you need to do is ask your friend if her player will play NTSC and ANY REGION. I have heard from people in England that new DVD players will play NTSC disks. Also, I am an American living in Japan (Region 2) and most of us buy inexpensive "regionless" DVD players, which will play all regions. So smart people are finding ways to get around the stupidity of not being able to play DVDs from home at your overseas home.

Anyway, ask your friend what her player will play. If you plan to send her lots of DVDs, get her to buy a "regionless" player that'll also play NTSC, if possible. If not possible, then you'll have lots of converting to do.

Good luck.

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DVDs have a region code. It prevents Asian DVDs from
by Kiddpeat / February 9, 2005 10:43 AM PST
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being sold in the US. In other words, it allows Hollywood to maximize its profit by segregating markets. A DVD coded for North America will probably not be playable in Europe.

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May I add.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 9, 2005 9:03 PM PST

The governments wanted to restrict movies from entering their countries as well. It was not an all money ploy.


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dvd converter
by pagann / July 1, 2007 9:43 AM PDT

Hi there, is there a way i can convert my Austek and Pc plus a laptop to a regionless zone - i agree this is nuts - pagann

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DVD Regions
by Paddy O'Brien / February 17, 2005 9:33 PM PST
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DVD regions are to ensure that DVDs released in the USA before the movie has been released in Europe, do not play in Europe. Non-US DVDs do not play in US machines. If your friend is one of the tiny minority in Europe whose DVD players do not play US DVDs, she should ask any technical friend for about two minutes of his time (or hers - but a male is more likely to help to show off his skills) to rectify this.

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DVD's from the states in zone 2
by JosePablo58 / February 17, 2005 11:50 PM PST
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Hi, In my DVD player I have disabeled the region limitation and now it will play DVD's from anywhere.
If your friend in Germany does the same he can play your disks without any problem. In the north of Europe many DVD players are already "liberated".
If not, the solution is to visit a forum about this like or any other on the subject. Jos.

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liberating dvd's
by edwardoparis / February 21, 2005 12:19 PM PST

thank you for the tip on liberating dvd's from their regions, JosePablo.
Can a non-tech person like me do this?

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dvd region2
by pagann / July 1, 2007 9:36 AM PDT

oi bought a dvd and did not realizr it is a region2 dvd player..then i did alitte research and found ourt how common this problen is..and who must be doing very well out of it..what dod i have to do to unlock this problem -thanks chazzer.pagann

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Do DVDs play in Europe
by maltmans / February 18, 2005 1:20 AM PST
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I live in Mexico but emigrated from Europe - we bought a Sony DVD multiplayer in Costco and found our European and some American DVDs would not play - however we also bought a very small Philips DVD player very cheap and it plays DVDs from around the World! Your friend in Germany will probably have a Philips player.
Hope this helps

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USA-Europe DVD's
by chadski / February 18, 2005 1:23 PM PST
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To find a player or recorder or both, go to, They seem to have a lot of different stuff that is not so easy to find in most stores. I have purchased electronics from them for various reasons and it all seems to be good stuff, worth the money. Hope this helps one way or another.


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Lets not forget....
by GBTrevor / February 19, 2005 6:44 AM PST
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... some DVD players will not switch to another region after so many counts, usually 5th change I think, then you are stuck with that region only.
I must confess I am not sure if this applies to the latest or all models.

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