Posted by PeterJK on the big thread, quoting a thread on beyond3d
who referred to IT Media
Though Warner was eager to abolish region code and there were no objection until the final decision, film companies not in AACS LA opposed it and it was decided that region code stays in AACS. But it undergoes reorganization. Basically, Japan and other East Asian countries except for China are moved to Region 1. The new region codes are
Region 1: North America, South America, East Asia except for China (India, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia etc.)
Region 2: Europe and Africa
Region 3: China, Russia and other countries
As a European, I must say this totally sucks. How many titles are being released locally, considering the microscopic potential market? Obviously they consider the only HD market is North America + Japan.
To make things worse, region coding will be embedded in AACS, so there won't be any easy region-free hacks. And if there is one and you apply it, and then 'they' detect what you've done, your player could get disabled.