The region setting and the video encoding has no direct connection. One does not make the other mandatory.
Best of luck in your endeavor.
I tried searching and didn't find a clear answer. I'm interested in buying some DVDs from the UK (I'm in the States) of shows not shown and sold on DVD here. Now I see that I can set my dvd drive to play whatever region I would like. My question is
a. Is PAL the same as region 2?
b. If I set a dvd drive to region 2, will it play a PAL Region 2 disk?
Because I was considering buying a second dvd-rom drive for my computer so I could watch some of these dvds, or would I just be better off buying a stand alone player for the tv?