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How to change region on a DVD or Blu-ray player

Find out how to change region on your DVD or Blu-ray player with this quick and simple guide

Region codes are applied to all DVD and Blu-ray discs as a way of controlling the release of films or TV shows by country. So, if a film is only released in the USA, us movie buffs in Europe won’t be able to watch it on our DVD or Blu-ray players. But, fear not, this guide will help you to remove region code restrictions, allowing you to enjoy films from around the globe.

DVD and Blu-ray region codes

DVD discs and players are split into six regions across the globe. The discs and players we use in Europe are categorised as Region 2 while Region 1 covers countries such as America and Canada. For Blu-rays, the regions are split into three - Europe falls under Region B/2, America under A/1.

Changing the region

Have a look around online for tips for your specific player, but as a guide, the process for changing regions will look something like this:

Step 1

Turn your DVD or Blu-ray Player on and make sure there’s no disc inside. The region can’t be changed if there’s a disc in there. You can leave the tray open as an extra precaution if you like.

Step 2

Using your remote, have a browse through the settings and look for Info, Setup or Preferences. Within one of these options, you should see Region.

Step 3

Select your desired region code from the list above, kick back and take in those global titles!