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Just looking for some older movies and such (eg Bubba Ho-Tep on BD) and the only ones I could find were region B-2.
Now I can understand a disk having a certain language but just what is the reason behind it being only playable in certain countries?
Why even have "regions", why not all disks playable on all machines?
(sorry if this is an old topic, but was just thinking about it tonight)
 

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According to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dvd_region:


One purpose of region coding is controlling release dates. A practice of movie marketing threatened by the advent of digital home video is to release a movie to cinemas, and then for general sale, later in some countries than in others. This is common partly because releasing a movie at the same time worldwide can be prohibitively expensive. Videotapes were inherently regional since formats had to match those of the encoding system used by television stations in that particular region, such as NTSC and PAL, although from early 1990s PAL machines increasingly offered NTSC playback. DVDs are less restricted in this sense, and region coding allows movie studios to better control the global release dates of DVDs.

Another purpose of region coding is to prevent release of movies that could be offensive in such regions for cultural, religious, and political reasons. Region coding helps prevent release of such films in sensitive territories.

Finally, the copyright in a title may be held by different entities in different territories. Region coding enables copyright holders to (attempt to) prevent a DVD from a region from which they do not derive royalties from being played on a DVD player inside their region. Region coding attempts to dissuade importing of DVDs from one region into another.
-Bill
 
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