Blu Ray Regions
Similar to DVD's, there are Blu Ray regions, but unlike the 6 regions of the DVD system,
Blu Ray has only 3 regions.
These are divided up into A, B and C.
Region A includes The Americas, Japan, Taiwan, North Korea, South Korea, Hong Kong, and Southeast Asia.
Region B includes Europe, Greenland, French territories, The Middle East, Africa, Australia, and New Zealand.
Region C includes India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Mainland China, Pakistan, Russia, Central and South Asia.
Just like DVD's, the use of regions is used to control the price in certain regions as well as the release dates
and to help to prevent piracy. But unlike the DVD system, region restrictions with Blu Ray aren't as prevelant, but
they are still present and need to be factored into any purchasing decision of Blu Ray Players and the Blu Ray Movies.
Although there are different policies among the studios, some of the major producers are starting to take the steps
towards region free production.
Paramount Pictures and Universal Studios are the largest of the two producers that
have placed no region restrictions on their Blu Ray films, with several of the other major producers starting to follow suit.
As of late in 2008, almost 80 percent of the films produced for the Blu Ray market have been region free.
Similar to the DVD region problem, several manufacturers are providing choice for the consumer by producing multi
region Blu Ray players, sometimes known as region free Blu Ray players.
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