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DVD Region Codes

All countries and territories of the world subdivided into DVD Region Codes.

1. Overview of the DVD Region Codes (RC)

The Region Code describes the identification of DVD drives and DVD media. The aim is that certained hardware and media can be used only in specific regions of the world. Region Codes can be roughly subdivided into the following regions:

Overview of the Region Codes
Region CodeRegions
RC 1Canada, USA, US colonies
RC 2Japan, Middle East, Southafrica, Western Europe
RC 3Hong Kong, Macao, South Korea, Southeast Asia
RC 4Australia, Oceania, Central America, South America
RC 5Africa, India, Eastern Europe, Russia
RC 6People's Republic of China
RC 7Reserved
RC 8International territory (e. g. aircrafts and ships)
"RC 0""0" is not a defined Region Code. No regional restriction exists for so-called Region 0, RC0 or R0 media. Region 0 DVDs ("Codefree", "Region Free") can be played worldwide.


2. Worldwide comparison of DVD Region Codes

There is assigned a Region Code to each country and territory respectively. The different TV systems which are used in the according countries are presented additionally. There is no relation between TV Standards and Region Codes. The data for this compilation were extensively investigated but nevertheless we can not guarantee the absolute correctness of the data of all countries. Future changes in the TV Standards may not immediately be included into this comparison. Please report hints for possible mistakes or actual changes.

All countries and territories of the world subdivided into DVD Region Codes
Region CodeContinentCountries / TerritoriesStandard
RC 1Australia
Northern Mariana Islands NTSC M
Samoa, American NTSC M
North America
Bermuda Islands NTSC M
Canada NTSC M
Puerto Rico NTSC M
United States of America, USA (incl. Alaska, Hawaiian Islands, Midway Islands and Wake Island) NTSC M
Virgin Islands of the United States NTSC M
RC 2Africa
Egypt PAL B/G,
Lesotho PAL I
South Africa PAL I
Saint Helena (Ascension and Tristan da Cunha)* PAL I*
Swaziland PAL B/G
Bahrain PAL B/G
Iran PAL B/G,
Japan NTSC M
Jordan PAL B/G
Kuwait PAL B/G
Lebanon PAL B/G
Oman PAL B/G
Qatar PAL B
Saudi Arabia PAL B/G,
Socotra PAL B
Syria PAL B
United Arab Emirates, UAE (incl. the Emirates Abu Dhabi and Dubai) PAL B/G
Yemen PAL B
Albania PAL B/G
Andorra PAL B/G
Austria PAL B/G
Azores PAL B
Belgium PAL B/H
Bosnia and Herzegovina PAL B/H
Bulgaria PAL D/K
Canary Islands PAL B/G
Channel Islands PAL I,
Croatia PAL B/H
Cyprus PAL B/G
Czech Republic PAL D/K
Denmark PAL B/G
Faroe Islands PAL B
Finland PAL B/G
France SECAM L
Germany PAL B/G
Gibraltar* PAL B*
Greece (incl. Crete) PAL B/G
Hungary PAL D/K
Iceland PAL B/G
Ireland, Republic of PAL I
Israel PAL B/G
Italy PAL B/G
Liechtenstein PAL B/G
Luxembourg PAL B/G,
Macedonia PAL B/G
Madeira PAL B
Malta PAL B/H
Monaco SECAM L
Montenegro PAL B/G
Netherlands (Holland) PAL B/G
Norway PAL B/G
Poland PAL D/K
Portugal PAL B/G
Romania PAL D/K
San Marino PAL B/G
Serbia PAL B/G
Slovakia PAL D/K
Slovenia PAL B/H
Spain PAL B/G
Sweden PAL B/G
Switzerland PAL B/G
Turkey PAL B/G
United Kingdom (Great Britain [England, Scotland, Wales] and Northern Ireland) PAL I
Vatican City PAL B/G
North America
Greenland PAL B
RC 3Asia
Brunei (Negara Brunei Darussalam) PAL B
Cambodia PAL B,
East Timor (Timor-Leste) PAL B
Hong Kong PAL I
Indonesia (incl. Irian Jaya) PAL B/G
Korea, South NTSC M
Laos PAL B
Macao (Macau) PAL I
Malaysia PAL B
Myanmar (formerly Burma) NTSC M
Philippines NTSC M
Singapore PAL B/G
Taiwan NTSC M
Thailand (formerly Siam) PAL B
Vietnam PAL B,
RC 4Australia
Australia PAL B/G
Cook Islands* (incl. Tokelau) PAL B*
Easter Island* NTSC M*
Fiji Islands PAL B
French Polynesia (incl. Tahiti) SECAM K1
Kiribati (Gilbert Islands, Phoenix Islands, Line Islands) PAL B
Marshall Islands NTSC M
Micronesia (Caroline Islands, Mariana Islands) NTSC M
Nauru NTSC M
New Caledonia SECAM K1
New Zealand PAL B/G
Niue* PAL B*
Norfolk Island* PAL B*
Palau* NTSC M*
Papua New Guinea PAL B/G
Pitcairn* PAL I*
Samoa PAL B
Solomon Islands PAL B
Tonga PAL B
Tuvalu* PAL B*
Vanuatu PAL B
Wallis and Futuna Islands* SECAM K1*
North America
Anguilla NTSC M
Antigua and Barbuda NTSC M
Aruba NTSC M
Bahamas NTSC M
Barbados NTSC M
Belize NTSC M
Cayman Islands NTSC M
Costa Rica NTSC M
Dominica NTSC M
Dominican Republic NTSC M
El Salvador NTSC M
Grenada NTSC M
Guadeloupe SECAM K1
Guatemala NTSC M
Haiti NTSC M
Honduras NTSC M
Jamaica NTSC M
Martinique SECAM K1
Mexico NTSC M
Montserrat NTSC M
Netherlands Antilles (Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten [Saint-Martin]) NTSC M
Nicaragua NTSC M
Panama NTSC M
Saint Kitts and Nevis NTSC M
Saint Lucia NTSC M
Saint Pierre and Miquelon SECAM K1
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines NTSC M
Trinidad and Tobago NTSC M
Turks and Caicos Islands NTSC M
British Virgin Islands NTSC M
South America
Argentina PAL N
Bolivia NTSC M
Brazil PAL M
Chile NTSC M
Colombia NTSC M
Ecuador NTSC M
Falkland Islands* PAL I*
Guiana, French SECAM K1
Guyana NTSC M
Paraguay PAL N
Suriname NTSC M
Uruguay PAL N
Venezuela NTSC M
RC 5Africa
Algeria PAL B/G
Angola PAL I
Benin (formerly Dahomey) SECAM K
Botswana PAL I
Burkina Faso SECAM K1
Burundi SECAM K1
Cameroon PAL B/G
Cape Verde PAL B
Central African Republic SECAM K1
Comoros (incl. Mayotte) SECAM K1
Congo, Democratic Republic of the (formerly Zaire) SECAM K1
Congo, Republic of the (Congo-Brazzaville) SECAM K
Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) SECAM K1
Djibouti PAL B/G
Equatorial Guinea PAL B
Eritrea PAL B/G
Ethiopia PAL B/G
Gabon SECAM K1
Gambia PAL B
Ghana PAL B/G
Guinea SECAM K
Guinea-Bissau PAL B
Kenya PAL B/G
Liberia PAL B/H
Libya PAL B/G
Madagascar SECAM K1
Malawi PAL B/G
Mauritania SECAM B
Mauritius SECAM B
Morocco SECAM B
Mozambique PAL B
Namibia PAL I
Niger SECAM K1
Nigeria PAL B/G
Réunion SECAM K1
Rwanda SECAM K1
Sahara, Democratic Arab Republic (Western Sahara) SECAM B
São Tomé and Príncipe PAL B/G
Senegal SECAM K1
Seychelles PAL B
Sierra Leone PAL B/G
Somalia PAL B/G
Sudan PAL B/G
Tanzania PAL B
Tunisia PAL B/G
Uganda PAL B/G
Zambia PAL B/G
Tanzania - Unguja Island (formerly Zanzibar) and Pemba PAL I
Zimbabwe PAL B/G
Afghanistan PAL B,
Bangladesh PAL B
Bhutan PAL B
India PAL B
Korea, North SECAM D/K
Kyrgyztan SECAM D/K
Maldives PAL B
Mongolia SECAM D
Nepal PAL B
Pakistan PAL B
Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) PAL B
Tajikistan SECAM D/K
Turkmenistan SECAM D/K
Uzbekistan SECAM D/K
Armenia SECAM D/K
Azerbaijan SECAM D/K
Belarus SECAM D/K
Estonia PAL B/G
Georgia SECAM D/K
Kazakhstan SECAM D/K
Latvia PAL D/K
Lithuania PAL D/K
Moldova (Republic of Moldova) SECAM D/K
Russia SECAM D/K
Ukraine SECAM D/K
RC 6Asia China, People's Republic of (incl. Tibet) PAL D

* For these countries and territories it could not be exactly verified which TV Standard type is used.

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