AV Processing⁄DVDs⁄Regional coding
 
It is important to include regional coding information in PAC for users, if the DVD is produced for other than Region 1. Otherwise they may waste time⁄effort on a DVD which cannot be played on their players.
 
Cataloging will check all foreign DVDs for coding information, and will also mechanically check them by playing them on our DVD player in the A⁄V cataloging area. The player is set for Region 1. We have discovered that for some Asian DVDs, the coding information on the container, label, and⁄or accompanying materials may not be accurate.
 
Catalogers should include information in the 538, System requirement note, when they find that the DVD is not Region 1-compatible.
 
Sample statements in notes:
 
Produced for region 2; requires DVD player that will play region 2 DVDs.
Labelled as region 3; plays on region 1 and region 3 players.
 
Sample 538 notes:
 
DVD; Dolby digital surround 5.1EX; dts surround 6.1ES; coded for Region 3.
DVD; Dolby digital stereo ; coded for Region 3 ; user must have a DVD player that will play region 3 DVDs.
DVD ; Dolby digital 5.1 surround, stereo 2.0; coded for Region 1 and 3.
DVD, Dolby Digital; letter box; labelled as region 3; plays on region 1 and region 3 players.
DVD, Dolby Digital; letter box; produced for region 2; requires DVD player that will play region 2 DVDs.
 
MFHD annotation for DVDs that require a special player:
 
852 8_ ‡b OuzV ‡h DVD [xxxxx] ‡z <Region ___ disc.  Requires multi-region player.>
 
 
 
Link to World map showing DVD coding ⁄ Blu Ray coding regions
 
DVD coding:
 
Region 1         -- The U.S., U.S. territories and Canada
 
Region 2         -- Europe, Japan, the Middle East, Egypt, South Africa, Greenland
 
Region 3         -- Taiwan, South Korea, the Philippines, Indonesia, Hong Kong
 
Region 4         -- Mexico, South and Central America, Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, Caribbean
 
Region 5         -- Russia (all former Russia), Eastern Europe, India, most of Africa, North Korea, Mongolia
 
Region 6         -- China
 
Region 7 -- Reserved
 
Region 8 -- Special international venues (airplanes, cruise ships, etc.)
 
Blu Ray coding:
 
Region A⁄1                  North and South America (except French Guiana), Mexico, Caribbean, Taiwan, North and South Korea, the Philippines, Indonesia
 
Region B⁄2                  Africa, Greenland, Western Europe, Middle East, Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Pacific Islands, French Guiana
 
Region C3                  Russia (all former Russia), Eastern Europe, India, Mongolia, China