Alkek Library News

Friday, February 29, 2008

Library Acquires Region Free DVD player

The Library has purchased a Region Free DVD player which can play a DVD from any region in the world. It is combined with a VHS player that will play PAL coded videocassettes. This player will reside in the Fourth floor Audio/Visual area near the Reserve desk. The Library will now be able to acquire AV material that is only available in alternate region formats. The player is now available for use.

World Region codes for videos:
Region 1: USA, Canada – (also known as NTSC)
Region 2: Europe, Japan, South Africa, Middle East, Greenland – (also known as PAL)
Region 3: S. Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Parts of South East Asia
Region 4: Australia, New Zealand, Latin America (includes Mexico)
Region 5: Eastern Europe, Russia, India, Africa
Region 6: China
Region 7: Reserved for unspecified use
Region 8: Reserved for cruise ships, airlines and so on
Region 0: Un-coded and can be played world-wide -- (also called All-region discs)

DVD and VHS in alternate formats such as PAL in the library collection will soon be identified as such. Talk to the Reserve Desk staff for assistance with the region free DVD player.

--M. Hopper

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