Originally Posted by paidgeek
A 12 month window is allowed for region coded titles. This means after a title is released with region coding, it cannot be manufactured with region coding after 12 months pass from the first sales. This is something of a nuisance for the studios because they have to provide a new cutting master for re-orders of catalog product. It is also a motivator to avoid using region coding unless it is really beneficial for a particular title (protecting a theatrical window).
Thank you for the response paidgeek.
Hmmm, very interesting. I had never heard of this mandate with respect to Blu-ray titles. Hopefully the nuisance value does achieve the desired result (no region code to begin with).
However, this will also be confusing. Example, I'm in Australia, I order "Click" 12-months+1-day after it's North American release. Which version will make it's way down to me, region-coded or region-free? Labelling becomes very important here. Hopefully SPE/Fox/Disney work on this such that consumers can realize whether they are purchasing a region locked or region free title (including us Internet shoppers).
However I will say this 12-month tops region lock model is much less bad than what I had assumed would be a permanent region lock for certain titles.
Just another wrinkle, good in a way, also potentially confusing as well (two versions of the same title).
You learn something new everyday, thanks again.