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What are regions and what do they do?
Movie companies like to release DVDs to various parts of the world at different times. This is because a movie may be released on DVD in the United States before it even hits the theaters in another part of the world. To prevent people from buying a DVD sold elsewhere early, region coding was created.

The idea behind regions is that the DVDs and players needed to be intended for the same part of the world. This means a DVD from the United States and Canada won't play in a player from another part of the world. However, many people get around this by modding their player or obtaining a unit that can play discs from multiple regions.

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