There are 3 defined regions
A. --- North America, Central America, South America, Korea, Japan, Southeast Asia
B. --- Europe, Middle East, Africa, Australia, New Zealand
C. --- Russia India, China, Rest of the world
STAND ALONE PLAYER:
Stand alone Blue Ray Player are programmed to the region it is sold (i.e. A for North America, B- Europe).
There are stand alone player that has no region setting dependency. It’s in the market you just need to ask. They are cheaper models and unknown brands but it works.
Region Settings by PC:
Blue-Ray ROM/WR DRIVES for PC are not limited by Region. It is the software that defines the region. Like powerdvd it automatically reads the time/zone settings the PC. Or the user can program or change the settings manually.
AnyDVD or other 3rd party programs eliminate the region dependency of disc on a PC.
The region settings/definitions are not that significant anymore unless you swap BD Disc say between US and Europe. If you are in one place then it should not be a concern for majority of the time.
If you are a frequent traveler then say you travel between Europe, US, Russia, and China then the Regional Assignments of the DISC will affect you. Most people in sales that I know travel with their notebook and watch on it they deal with in several ways:
- Only buy in one region (i.e. US)
- Change the region settings on their notebook when they purchase disc from a different place (i.e. B for Europe)
- Use 3rd party programs to eliminate region dependency of the disc.
Tools that violate copyright protection laws are another matter and are not recommended on this forum.