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region coding of future dvds?

Discussion in 'Movie Forum' started by F4STLOVE, Aug 27, 2003.

  1. F4STLOVE

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    Hi

    I read on some web site a little while ago, that at some point in
    the future dvd movies wont be divided into region anymore.
    I was wondering if any of you folk would know anything more
    about this.
     
  2. TheBigApple

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    Not heard anything about this.

    Although I would say that region coding is pretty piontless, as any player can be easily modified to get round this.
     
  3. F4STLOVE

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    that's probably why they want to do away with region encoding,
    and the fact that any region dvd is available from anywhere at very affordable prices.
     
  4. Bursar

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    Haven't Australia ruled the region coding illegal at least as far as limiting the hardware?

    There's not much they can do about the discs I guess, but I'm pretty sure they ruled that DVD players should be region free.
     
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    Region coding is useless but I doubt they will do away with it. Though I would welcome it ... :)
     
  6. PaulaB

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    I was told by the WTO that region coding breaks their rules, but only governments can complain to them.
     
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    Region coding allows distributers to:
    a) Censor or edit films to fit the country's specific moral standards
    b) Inflate DVD prices to some countries, just because people will still pay for it (like the UK)
    c) Adjust content (like subtitles and languages available) to fit the country/area

    There's probably more reasons, but those are the ones that come to mind. I don't expect to see an end to region coding unless something less easily bypassed comes along. And it's only easily bypassable in some countries. Finding a region-free player in the States is much more difficult, and in some States, it's even illegal to advertise the fact that a player is region-free.

    Region coding is good for DVD distributers and does nothing for consumers... so expect it to last for a looooong time. ;)
     
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    I would have thought Americans being the "free people" that
    they are that something as simple as a region free player would be ok.
    I guess these sort of things are readily available from the far east.
     
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    Who reckons that the new extreme edition of T2 shows the future? DVD players which need to be plugged into a phone line anyone?

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    d) Protect publishing rights to a film which differ from country to country.
     
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    a) can't be true, because regions do not equal countries. For example, R2 covers UK (censorship is rife), Japan (limited if any censorship), Holland (limited if any), Germany (censorship, but different rules and policing body, hence different decisions) and so on.

    b) rip-off Britain, yes, but again, region coding is not equivalent to country.

    c) not necessary; market forces will drive what people require/will buy.
     
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    If it was for censorship there would be no need for it on U films.
     

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