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Two Ways to Play Region 1 DVD in UK or Other Regions

Scenario: My friend want to play American (Region 1) DVDs, but he lives in the UK (Region 2). Can region 2 DVD player from the UK play region 1 DVD?

DVDs are region locked. The numerical region code put on DVD is more like copy protection, meant to dissuade playing DVD from one region into another and ensure effective protection for the interests of rights holders. Normally, a USA DVD is region 1 and formatted in NTSC. It cannot be played on a UK DVD player that is locked to region 2, unless you have a multi-region player. Or you can get rid of the region code from DVD for playback wherever you are with a DVD region killer.

Play regional DVD on computer
Play regional DVD on computer

Make any DVD Region Free & Play DVD without Regional Limit

MacX DVD Ripper Pro can remove region codes 1-6 from DVD and convert DVD to region-free MP4, MOV, H.264, etc for flawless playback on PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, etc anywhere. Also bypass DVD CSS, region code enhanced, and more.

Way 1: with a DVD Player

1. Buy a multi-region DVD player

There are many multi-region DVD players with affordable prices on websites like Amazon.com, such as Sony DVP-SR210P, Panasonic DVD-S500p-K, LG DP132, JVC XV-KY557B, and so on. These players can play DVDs in different regions, whether they are bought from the U.S.A or other regions. This can be of great help especially when you travel to different countries and don't mind taking around your DVD discs abroad.

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2. Hack to make your DVD player region-free

Region-locked DVD player can be hacked to make it region-free. As long as you have a special unlock code for your player, you can type it into the DVD remote in such a way the region byte won't be checked by the player. This is a quick way to make your USA DVD playable in the UK or other areas. You can visit VideoHelp's DVD Player and Blu-ray Player region codes to see if your region-locked DVD player is hacked to be region-free.

Note: Remember not all players are going to have hacks. And the hacks are not guaranteed to work. They may even be a danger to your machine.

3. Download a software DVD player

There are still some cost-free ways to play USA DVD in UK without the need to buy physical player, among which VLC is highly recommended. It ignores the region codes and makes DVD playback a snap. Just download the desktop app, get it installed and launched, open the USA DVD, click on Media > Open Disc to watch your DVDs. See how to fix VLC won't play DVD >>

Note: Make sure change your computer DVD drive's region coding from 2 to 1. Only by doing this can you play region 1 USA DVD on your computer in the United Kingdom. It's worth mentioning you can only change DVD region code of your disc drive for at most 5 times.

How to Reset DVD Drive's Counter

1. on PC computer

  1. Press the Windows key + R to open the Run box. Type in devmgmt.msc and press OK.
  2. Expand DVD/CD-ROM drives in the Device Manager > select Properties.
  3. Click on the DVD Region tab > set the region in American > click OK.

2. on Mac computer

Generally, a dialog will prompt asking you to change the region code for the drive. Just change the region code to 1 when your USA DVD doesn't match the region code of your UK DVD drive.

If you have some DVDs from the areas other than the USA, check the exact region code respectively in corresponding to the DVD regional distribution:

DVD region code
DVD region code
  • Region code 1 - the United States, Canada and Bermuda
  • Region code 2 - UK and Europe, Egypt, West Asia, Japan, South Africa, Greenland, French Guiana
  • Region code 3 - Southeast Asia, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau
  • Region code 4 - Latin America and Oceania
  • Region code 5 - Africa, Russia, South Asia, Central Asia, North Korea and Mongolia
  • Region code 6 - Mainland China

There are still region code 7 reserved for future use, MPAA-related DVDs and "media copies" of pre-releases in Asia and region code 8 for international venues such as aircraft, cruise ships and spacecraft.

Way 2: Download a DVD Region Code Killer

Except the region code purpose built to control the international distribution of a DVD release, the advanced scheme, called region code enhanced, aka RCE, is introduced, attempting to prevent the playback of one region's discs in another region. So when you try to play the USA DVD with RCE in the UK, your VLC will report an error of suspected RCE region protection! What's worse, there are some other intractable DVDs almost coming with other types of complicated DRM schemes, e.g. Sony ARccOS, Disney 99-title project, UOP, CSS, and more, which both physical and software DVD players cannot cope with. One feasible way to ensure to play the American DVD in the United Kingdom smoothly is to free the movie contents off the physical discs by removing the region code and other copy protections and convert region code DVDs to region-free video files.

To achieve this, you can try MacX DVD Ripper Pro. With unique DVD analyzing mechanism, it is able to eradicate the region code restriction or any other type of DRM protection techs, and convert region locked DVDs to digital MP4, H.264, HEVC, MOV, MKV, etc without any third-party software. So whenever you are in UK eager to watch USA DVD or in the United States anticipated to play the British discs, the DVD ripper will cater to your need. Just follow the steps below and learn how to Play USA DVD in UK with MacX DVD Ripper Pro.

Step 1: Free download MacX DVD Ripper Pro on your computer. You can check the Mac version if you own a Macbook or iMac. Get it installed, run the program, and load the American DVD in your disc drive. With the unique DVD analyzing mechanism, it takes just a few seconds to scan the movie title, irrespective any copy protection put in place on the disc. You can also convert DVD Video_TS folder or ISO image as you want.

Step 2: Choose the output format as you want.

  • For a quality loss DVD backup, you can just go to its DVD backup profile and choose to back up DVD main/full title in .mpg or MKV.
  • For a good compatibility with your computer, media player, mobile, gaming system, choose MP4 H.264 as the output format.
  • With 350+ readymade profiles, you can directly convert DVD to iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Huawei, Samsung, PS4, and more without tweaking the obscure parameters.

Optional: You can still crop and trim the DVD content, add external subtitles to the movie, and so on.

Convert region code DVD to region free video
Convert region code DVD to region free video

Step 3: Click Browse button to save your converted movie and press RUN to begin ripping USA DVD on your computer. After a few minutes, you can open the converted file and play the USA DVD in UK on your computer with your default player or sync the converted DVD to your mobile device for watching on the go.

Note: The MacXDVD software calls for copying or ripping DVD under the concept of Fair Use and does not encourage any illegal reproduction or distribution of copyrighted content. Please abide by the local DVD copyright law before doing it.

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