3 Ways to Unlock or Bypass DVD Region Codes: How-to Guide

Peter William
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DVD region codes how to bypass? The topic is worth discussing.

Region code is used to stop the playing of one region's discs in another region. Your DVDs purchased from Japan can't be played directly in the United States. Because the region code for Japan is 2, whereas the US is 1. Then, what's the DVD region code, and how to remove region code from DVD? Read on to get more helpful info.

Facts about DVD Region Codes

DVD region code, proposed by the eight major U.S. film companies, is a part of the DRM (Digital Rights Management) technique. It divides the world into 6 regions, and restricts that DVD discs circulating in each region must have a region code.

Check the most comprehensive DVD region codes and geographic scope here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DVD_region_code.

dvd region world map

Besides region 1-6, Wikipedia also introduces the region 0, 7, 8, and ALL. Region 0 and ALL are region-free and compatible with any DVD player. To avoid users resetting DVDs to region-free, movie studios implemented a system called "Regional Coding Enhancement" (RCE) to refuse to play such DVD discs.

Why do DVDs have region codes?

DVD region codes aim at protecting the interests of distributors and agents, enabling them to control the international distribution of a DVD release.

Each movie has different release times in different parts of the world. Generally speaking, American blockbusters will be first released locally before being released in overseas markets. If American DVD discs flow into overseas, leading to the prevalence of piracy, it will greatly reduce the box office revenue of film companies.

How to find the region code on a DVD?

The region code is designated on the back of the individual DVD, which is displayed on a globe with the region number printed on it.

find region codes on dvd discs

PAL and NTSC DVD player

Like region codes, the standard broadcast format used between countries and regions is not the same. For example, The United States is NTSC and Europe is PAL.

Most NTSC players can't view PAL DVDs, but PAL players generally merely ask for a region-free DVD player to play NTSC DVDs. Therefore, in NTSC countries like the USA, it is best to use a region-free, multi-standard player and multi-standard TV to open PAL DVDs.

How To Bypass DVD Region Codes on Mac, Windows, and DVD Player?

Way #1. Change DVD (Drive) Region

The region code of the DVD drive can be changed 5 times. You can easily convert region 2 DVD to region 1, region 6 DVD to region 3, etc. This part will solve DVD region codes, how to bypass and unlock them by modifying the DVD playback region.

On Mac:

  1. Place the DVD disc into the optical drive, a dialog box will pop up immediately.
  2. Select the region code you wish to set, e.g. Canada - Region 1, Europe - region 2, Southeast Asia - region 3, Russia - region 5.
  3. Click the "Set Drive Region" button.
  4. Click the lock icon to make changes.bypass dvd region codes mac by resetting them

On Windows:

  1. Insert a DVD into your drive.
  2. Hold down the Windows key, and press R.
  3. Type "devmgmt.msc" into the Run box and press Enter to open the "Device Manager" window.remove region code from dvd windows 01
  4. Expand the heading for DVD/CD-ROM drives.
  5. Right-click your DVD drive and click "Properties" to call up the dialog box.remove region code from dvd windows 02
  6. Click on the "DVD Region" tab.
  7. Select your current geographic area and hit "OK".remove region code from dvd windows 03

Note: Once the 5 chances run out, your DVD will be permanently set to the code you set last time.

Way #2. Rip DVD Movies to Digital Videos (Recommended)

Cisdem Video Converter should be the best app to bypass DVD region codes on Mac. You don’t need to care about the region code at all. The software can straightly export media files from DVD discs for playback on media players, streaming, mobile phone, and TV.

In addition to removing DVD region code, CSS, Sony ARccOS, etc., Cisdem Video Converter gives you even more benefits. It lets you batch or individually convert media files to MP4, MKV, MP3, iMovie, iTunes, iPad, etc. Moreover, it's able to download/edit videos and audio tracks.

Steps to bypass DVD region codes and rip DVD on Mac:

Step 1. Download and install Cisdem DVD ripper, and install it to Mac.

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Step 2. Load DVD movies

Put the DVD disc that you want to digitize to the DVD drive. Ignore the message that prompts you to change the region code. Go to Finder and locate to your DVD disc.

locate to your dvd disc

Drag-n-drop DVD VIDEO_TS folder to the “convert” interface of Cisdem Video Converter.

load dvd movies

After loading DVD, all video titles will be shown in the list.

Step 3. Choose the output format

Click on the format button to open the output file panel. Select any general video, audio, and target device among the categories.

choose digital formats

By default, the software will keep the original parameters (resolution, frame rate, and aspect ratio, etc.). To adjust them, click the icon next to format you choose.

advanced settings

Step 4. Bypass DVD region codes and convert DVD

Hit the conversion icon button to rip DVD without region code restriction on Mac. The conversion will start in no time.

 

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Way #3. Unlock DVD Region Codes on DVD Players

Besides DVD, you can also address the "DVD region codes bypass" issue from the DVD player. There are two workarounds.

Free Hack DVD Players to Make it Region-free

VideoHelp forum offers a long list of DVD player region free unlock codes based on user reports. You can find many kinds models of DVD players, such as LG BP250, Sony BD-BX510, Panasonic CQ-VAD7300U, Samsung BD-J4500R, Philips DVP3340V, Toshiba SD3950, Philips HTD3514, Philips DVP3620, and so on. Each of them posts the unlock region code hack.

Go to https://www.videohelp.com/dvdhacks, search your DVD player model, and follow the steps. If there is no region code comment for your model, try the hacks of the same brand. For example, to make Philips HTS3251B DVD player region free, you should:

  1. Don’t put DVD disc in machine.
  2. Press 'Home' on remote.
  3. Press 8689310. Note: the last number is for desired region.
  4. Finally, press 13893108520. DVD Region 0 will then be displayed.

Use a Multi-region DVD Player

The old DVD players are unable to bypass DVD region codes due to the backward technical level. But now many new models supports region free DVD playback from regions 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and comes with built-in PAL / NTSC conversion. You can purchase those region-free DVD players from official websites, Amazon, Walmart, Fortress, CodeFreeDVD, and more.

region free dvd player

Apart from external DVD player, the media player software below can also remove region code from DVD and play it.

  1. VLC
  2. GOM Player
  3. 5K Player
  4. PotPlayer
  5. Kodi

Conclusion

Above are solutions on DVD region codes - how to bypass them. When encountering this problem, you should first consider converting the region code until the 5 opportunities are used up. Then, choose whether to buy a DVD ripper or a multi-region DVD player. If you’d like to play your DVD movies anywhere, anytime on portable devices without restriction, I recommend you convert and digitalize your DVD content to common media files.

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