Playing DVDs from other regions

Some DVDs will not play in all DVD players; there are certain system or ‘region’ incompatibilities that can cause distorted or jumpy playback, or will simply prevent your DVD from playing at all.

These DVD regions are typically displayed on the case or back of the DVD sleeve as a small world map symbol with a corresponding region as follows:

  • Region One - Canada and USA
  • Region Two – United Kingdom, Europe, Middle East, Japan and South Africa
  • Region Three - East and Southeast Asia
  • Region Four - South America, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand
  • Region Five - Africa, India and Eastern Europe
  • Region Six - China

If you still want to play DVDs from other regions, you’ll need a multi-region DVD player or a PAL compatible television set or signal converter. Otherwise, you can instead view your DVD through a DVD ROM drive on your personal computer or laptop.

DVD-R / -RW Format vs DVD+R / +RW Format

There are two DVD-R formats - DVD-R Authoring and a DVD-R General format. The latter format is usually referred to as ‘DVD-R’ and was created for the consumer market in 2001. Prior to this, the Pioneer S-101 DVD-R Authoring drive was developed in 1997. This format was aimed at professional use and was very expensive. Pioneer and Panasonic make some of the only DVD-R (A) drives.

The DVD+R format was originally invented by companies unwilling to pay royalties to use the DVD branded logo. Because it’s not an official DVD format, DVD+R format does not carry the DVD symbol.

Playing Movies on a HDD or USB through your DVD player

Some DVD Players have the ability to play external media stored either on Hard Disk Drives (HDD) or USBs. Be sure to check their compatibility with video as some will only offer USB support for images like a slideshow of photos. Some DVD Players have the required codecs to play video from external sources plugged in via the USB port.

Most players will display photos in JPEG format and even music in MP3 format but if you want to play movies from your promotional USB drive ensure it is compatible with MP4 or AVI formats.

Here’s a list of some DVD units we’ve found that feature USB compatibility:

  • Accurian ADP-3298
  • Avayon DXP-1000 G2
  • Coby TF-DVD7377
  • Coby DVD-298
  • Conia M-560
  • Curtis DVD2100
  • Denver DVU-1008
  • Digix DVR-3000
  • E-Boda DVX-777USB
  • Elta 8848 MP4
  • Eltax DV-252
  • Ferguson D-880 HX
  • Grundig GDR 5550 HDD
  • Hiteker TLBD-02
  • IISonic II3016PU
  • Jamo DMR 60
  • JVC XV-BP1
  • LG BD555C
  • LG BD640
  • LG DR787T
  • LG HT462DZ
  • Lifetec LT 80796
  • Microsoft Xbox 360
  • Mustek DVD-MP70B
  • Oppo BDP-80
  • Panasonic DMP-BD65
  • Panasonic DMP-BD85K
  • Philips BDP2500
  • Philips DVDR3570H
  • Philips DVP3880
  • Philips DVP5960
  • Pioneer DV-220V/K
  • Pioneer DVR-543H
  • RJTech RJ-1000HD
  • Samsung DVD-1080P9
  • Samsung HT-TQ85
  • Sony BDP-S370

Call or email us now to discuss how this innovative and practical promotional USB can help you.


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