| DVD Regional
Coding Enhancement F.A.Q. (Part Three)
Q: Which players pass the RCE Test and can play RCE DVDs?
A: Here's a list:
Solutions DVD 551
Malata DVP-520 Marantz 890
| Pioneer 737
Pioneer DV-05 Elite
Revoy 2200 R
SVA D-2008 Multi-Region
* with intervention they play
Q: Have any of the studios officially released information
A: No, but Warner Brothers and Columbia have both issued
internal notes on an enhanced Region Coding Program to DVD Suppliers
WHV will start a program to enhance the capabilities
of the regional code specification for DVD beginning in October.
This program is a response to the unauthorized practice of altering
DVD video hardware players so that they bypass the region code requirements
for DVD. This is happening on a more frequent basis in many territories,
and retailers are openly marketing these non-complying players with
names such as "region free" and "multi zone".
The Technology ?The enhancement is an additional imbedded code
(RCE ?Regional Code Enhancement) on the DVD disc that makes the
current regional coding more robust.
How It Works ?In simple language, the RCE allows the disc to
detect if a hardware player is region specific (as required by
the CSS licensing agreement), or if it has been manufactured or
altered in the market to be "region free". If the player is "region
free" the RCE will not allow the disc to play the program material.
It will instead display a message on the television advising the
consumer that the machine is not authorized to play this disc.
The actual wording will be as follows:
THIS DVD PLAYER MAY HAVE BEEN ALTERED AND IS UNABLE TO PLAY THIS
THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THIS DISC
DVD PLAYERS AND DISCS ARE DESIGNED TO WORK IN CERTAIN REGIONS
THIS DISC IS NOT COMPATIBLE WITH THIS PLAYER
PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LOCAL RETAILER OR PLAYER MANUFACTURER FOR
WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE
WHV will start appying the RCE to discs scheduled for release
in the U.S. market beginning in late October. At this time, the
RCE will only be applied to Region 1 versions of titles. At least
one other studio (Columbia TriStar) will also be releasing discs
with the RCE during the 4th quarter.
The program has two objectives. (1) Discourage the export of region
1 discs to other regions and (2) discourage the sale of DVD video
hardware that has been modified to region
WHV Sales personnel should immediately begin to communicate this
program to key retailers in their respective territories.
It is especially important to focus on retailers selling product
online, and any account, which may be exporting products outside
With the online retailers, we must discuss the need to properly
notify consumers outside the region 1 territories that the disc
may not play in their player before the disc is purchased. The
customer dissatisfaction and returns risk is significant if this
is not done.
At this time there is no plan to send out a press release on this
program. This document should be used to review the program with
all U.S. accounts.
2000 Dear Customer: Columbia TriStar Home Video will be implementing
a program to enhance the capabilities of the regional code specifications
for DVD product beginning in October 2000. The Regional Code Enhancement
commitment to support regional coding, which was designed to respect
and adhere to each countrys
respective laws and policies governing ratings, censorship, release
windows and rights for home video product. The enhancement will
allow the Region 1 DVD disc to check the r«??óóXô????egion
code of the player ensuring that the player is a non-modified region
1 specific player. If the player has been modified to be region
free, the Region 1 disc will display the following message:
Q: Have any
Studios come out against RCE or Region Coding?
"This disc is intended for play on non-modified Region 1 players
only. There is nothing wrong with the disc. To assure playback
you should purchase or rent a disc designed specifically for
Please be assured that the Regional Code Enhancement technology
will not affect the consistent high quality standard, set by
Columbia TriStar Home Video, for audio and video on its DVD
titles. We thank you for your support and understanding in our
efforts to reaffirm our commitment to regional coding as both
a theatrical and video organization.
A: No but Fox posted the below to their Simpsons
UK site which we thought was very funny (and interesting) (note,
Fox has since removed this image from their site)
THE SIMPSONS TM & Copyright Twentieth Century Fox
Films ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. "The Simpsons", The Simpsons characters
and their logos and wordmarks are trademarks of Twentieth Century
Fox Film Corporation