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 5: Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Africa (except Egypt, South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho), Central Asia, Mongolia, 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.
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.