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:

Accoustic Solutions DVD 551
Afreey LD2060
Arcam DV-88
Bush 2004
Denon 2000
Denon 2500
Denon 3000
Denon 3700
Denon 5000
Digitron DVS360
Encore DV450
Grunding GDV210A
Hitachi DV-K2
JVC XV-S500/502
JVC 501
JVC 505
JVC 511
JVC 515
JVC 521
JVC 522
JVC 523
JVC 555
JVC 557
JVC 701
JVC 721
JVC 723
JVC K503
JVC TH-A10R
Kenwood 9010
LG 3200
LG 3350
Malata DVP-520 Marantz 890
Nakamichi 10
Neotek DV3000
Neotek DV3500
Panasonic 130
Panasonic 150
Panasonic 160
Panasonic 350
Panasonic 360
Panasonic 560
Panasonic A7
Panasonic L-50
Panasonic LV55
Panasonic LV75
Panasonic PV55
Panasonic RV20
Panasonic RV40
Panasonic RV60
Panasonic SC-HT80
Panasonic SC-PM08
Philips 705
Philips 710
Philips 711
Philips 730
Philips 735
Philips 750
Philips 910
Philips 930
Philips 935
Philips 950
Philips 955
Philips Q50
Pioneer NS-DV77
Pioneer 302
Pioneer 414
Pioneer 505
Pioneer 515
Pioneer 525
Pioneer 530
Pioneer 535
Pioneer 606
Pioneer 626D
Pioneer 636D
Pioneer 7003
Pioneer 717
Pioneer 727
Pioneer 737
Pioneer DV-05 Elite
Pioneer DV-F07Elite
Pioneer DVL-888
Pioneer DVL-909
Pioneer DVL-91
Pioneer DVL-919E
Pioneer DVS-5
Pioneer LC10
Pioneer NS-DV1
Pioneer NS-DV55
Pioneer PDV10
Revoy 2200 R
Samsung 511
Samsung 611
Samsung 707
Samsung 709
Samsung 711
Samsung 807
Samsung 808K
Samsung 907
Samsung 909
Sharp 560H
Sharp 600
Sharp 660
Sharp 700
Sharp 760
Sharp L70
Sony 3000
Sony 315
Sony 325
Sony 335
Sony 336
Sony 525D
Sony 530D
Sony 535
Sony 536
Sony 550D
Sony 7000
Sony 705
Sony 715
Sony 725D
Sony 735
Sony 7700
Sony 9000
Sony AV6
Sony CX850D
Sony F11
Sony FX1
Sony K303
SVA D-2008 Multi-Region
Teac 1000
Teac 1050
Thomson 3300
Thomson 3600
Toshiba 1009*
Toshiba 100E*
Toshiba 200E*
Toshiba 2109*
Toshiba 3107*
Toshiba 3109*
Toshiba SD9000*
Wharfedale M5
Yamaha 700
Yamaha 795
* with intervention they play

Q: Have any of the studios officially released information on RCE?
A: No, but Warner Brothers and Columbia have both issued internal notes on an enhanced Region Coding Program to DVD Suppliers in R1:

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 DISC
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 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
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 free?
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 Region 1.
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.

From Columbia:
October 3, 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 affirms Columbia’s commitment to support regional coding, which was designed to respect and adhere to each country’s 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›’«??ó„óX„ô????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:
  • "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 your region."

    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.

    Q: Have any Studios come out against RCE or Region Coding?
    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)


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