The Search for an All Region DVD Player

I bought a karaoke DVD player a number of years ago off the internet that has worked well until recently when the remote control stopped working.  I took it apart to see if there was a bad solder connection or something, but no dice. I popped a Japanese DVD that I was wanting to play into another DVD player, but it wouldn’t play giving me a message about being from the wrong region (or something like that).

I searched online at Best Buy (one of the large electronics stores in the US), but didn’t see any All-region DVD players.  I decided to drive to a store near my house to check out what they had.  I was looking around, and a young sales girl asked if I needed any help.  I mentioned I was looking for an All-region DVD player and she was surprised, saying that I was the first person who had asked about that.  She said she has DVDs from Hong Kong and recommended one of the DVD players they sold which plays them. I bought it, treked back home, hooked it up to my T.V. and…..the same message!

I got back in the car, treked back to the store and returned it.  Most major stores in the US only sell Region 1 DVD players. There usually is a symbol on the box that tells what region DVDs it will play.

Region one                                                 DVD-regions
     Region 1  symbol                                                         All-region  symbol


Region 1:   United States, Canada, Bermuda, Caribbean, U.S. territories

Region 2:   Europe, Middle East, Japan, South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Greenland, French Overseas departments and territories

Region 3:   Southeast Asia, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau

Region 4:   South America, Central America, Mexico, New Zealand, Australia, Papua New Guinea and much of Oceania

Region 5:   Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Africa (except Egypt, South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho), Central AsiaMongolia, North Korea

Region 6:   China




As you can see from the list above, to play my Japanese DVD I needed one that could play region 2 DVDs. I ended up ordering one online from Amazon which is a lot smaller than my old one.  So far so good even though the menu on the DVD player came up in either Spanish or Portuguese (didn’t look that closely) !  The box for the new DVD player did not have the number symbols shown above.  It had a tag that said “All Multi Region Zone Code DVD Player“. The box also had a FIFA World Cup Brazil logo on it. Interesting.

All region tag

Lesson learned. If you ever want to play DVDs from other parts of the world, you will need to buy an All-region DVD player and may need to order it online.


One thought on “The Search for an All Region DVD Player

  1. Interesting blog! We have a lot of DVD’s from Belgium, and watch them on the laptop, connected to our TV. The laptop is set to Europe standards and we keep it that way. All our US DVD’s are watched through a regular DVD player.


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