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DVD Regions

For anti-piracy reasons, the major movie studios divided the earth into zones (“regions”) which correspond to their distribution system. Most DVD producers encode their discs to work only on players in certain regions. The region code of your DVD and DVD player must match, otherwise your DVD will not play.

We currently sell Region 0, 1 and 1-8, depending on the title. Versions in other regions either do not exist, or they are not available to us (which is beyond our control).

  • Region 0: No region coding. Plays in all regions.
  • Regions 1-8 disc: Plays in all regions.
  • Region 1: U.S.A. and its territories, Canada.
  • Region 2: Europe (including including France, Greece), Middle East (including Turkey, Egypt, Arabia), Japan, South Africa.
  • Region 3: South-East Asia, East Asia (including Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Borneo and Indonesia).
  • Region 4: Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, Central America, Mexico, South America, Caribbean.
  • Region 5: Russia, Former USSR countries, India, Indian Subcontinent, Africa (also North Korea, Mongolia).
  • Region 6: Peoples Republic of China.
  • Region 7: Unused.
  • Region 8: Airlines/Cruise Ships

See our list of Christian DVDs.

VCD - What is it?

“VCD” stands for Video Compact Disc. A VCD disc looks physically identical to a DVD or audio CD disc. There are no region restrictions with VCDs as there are with DVDs (see above). Their storage space is less than a DVD and the same as a computer CD. Picture and sound quality is better than VHS, but not as high as DVD (although the difference is generally insignificant on normal television sets). VCDs play on most DVD players, on all VCD players, and on all computers equipped with a CD-ROM or DVD player. VCDs are popular throughout the world, particularly in Asia where they outsell DVDs.

God’s Story: From Creation to Eternity is sold on VCD.

If you are going to use a video projector to show a movie on a large screen, DVD is preferred due to the difference in picture resolution.

Worldwide video standards

Most American video sellers ignore the needs of buyers in other nations; they just sell English videos recorded in the American TV standard. These videos may not work on televisions and video players used in other nations. Our Web site is different; we provide videos in many different languages and recorded in all the different television standards of the world. (See our complete language list.)

Watching TV.
There are three television/video standards used in the world. Each is incompatible with the other.

If you are buying videocassettes or DVDs for use outside of the USA, you must be careful to order the correct TV standard for your equipment.

  1. The USA standard: NTSC.
  2. The European standard: PAL.
  3. The French standard: SECAM.
[see full list by nation below]

Videos produced by Films for Christ are normally available in all three systems. We also distribute videos from other producers. Most producers only make their videos for the NTSC system. This is beyond our control. To find the systems available for any video on our site, go to the full page describing the video.

If you have a non-American television or video player, you may still be able to play American videos, if your equipment is designed for MULTI-SYSTEM. For example, many (but not most) people in Europe have VCRs designed to play NTSC, PAL and SECAM.



Which TV standard is normally used in each nation?
NATION TV STANDARD
AFGHANISTAN PAL and SECAM
ALBANIA PAL
ALGERIA PAL
ANGOLA PAL
ANTARCTICA NTSC
ANTIGUA & BARBUDA NTSC
ARGENTINA PAL
ARMENIA SECAM
ARUBA NTSC
AUSTRALIA PAL
AUSTRIA PAL
AZERBAIJAN SECAM
AZORES PAL
BAHAMAS NTSC
BAHRAIN PAL
BANGLADESH PAL
BARBADOS NTSC
BELARUS SECAM
BELGIUM PAL
BELGIUM (ARMED FORCES NETWORK) NTSC
BELIZE NTSC
BENIN SECAM
BERMUDA NTSC
BOLIVIA NTSC
BOSNIA/HERZEGOVINA PAL
BOTSWANA SECAM and PAL
BRAZIL PAL
BRITISH INDIAN OCEAN TERRITORY (AF DIEGO GARCIA TV - AFRTS)  NTSC
BRUNEI DARUSSALAM PAL
BULGARIA SECAM
BURKINA FASO SECAM
BURUNDI SECAM
CAMBODIA PAL and NTSC
CAMEROON PAL
CANADA NTSC
CANARY ISLANDS PAL
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC SECAM
CHAD SECAM
CHILE NTSC
CHINA (PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC) PAL
COLOMBIA NTSC
CONGO (PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC) SECAM
CONGO, DEM. REP. (ZAIRE) SECAM
COOK ISLANDS PAL
COSTA RICA NTSC
COTE D’IVOIRE (IVORY COAST) SECAM
CROATIA PAL
CUBA NTSC
CYPRUS PAL
CZECH REPUBLIC PAL
DENMARK PAL
DIEGO GARCIA NTSC
DJIBOUTI SECAM
DOMINICA NTSC
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC NTSC
EASTER ISLAND PAL
ECUADOR NTSC
EGYPT PAL and SECAM
EL SALVADOR NTSC
EQUITORIAL GUINEA SECAM
ESTONIA PAL and SECAM
ETHIOPIA PAL
FALKLAND ISLANDS (LAS MALVINAS) PAL
FIJI NTSC
FINLAND PAL
FRANCE SECAM
FRANCE (FRENCH FORCES TV) SECAM
GABON SECAM
GALAPAGOS ISLANDS NTSC
GAMBIA PAL
GEORGIA SECAM
GERMANY PAL
GERMANY (ARMED FORCES TV GERMANY) NTSC
GHANA PAL
GIBRALTAR PAL
GREAT BRITAIN PAL
GREECE SECAM
GREENLAND PAL
GRENADA NTSC
GUAM NTSC
GUADELOUPE SECAM
GUATEMALA NTSC
GUIANA (FRENCH) SECAM
GUINEA PAL
GUYANA NTSC
HAITI NTSC
HONDURAS NTSC
HONG KONG PAL
HUNGARY PAL
ICELAND PAL
INDIA PAL
INDONESIA PAL
IRAN SECAM
IRAQ SECAM
IRELAND, REPUBLIC OF PAL
ISLE OF MAN PAL
ISRAEL PAL
ITALY PAL
JAMAICA NTSC
JAPAN NTSC
JOHNSTONE ISLAND NTSC
JORDAN PAL
KAZAKHSTAN SECAM
KENYA PAL
KOREA (NORTH) SECAM and PAL
KOREA (SOUTH) NTSC
KUWAIT PAL
KYRGYZ REPUBLIC SECAM
LAOS PAL
LATVIA PAL and SECAM
LEBANON PAL
LESOTHO PAL
LIBERIA PAL
LIBYA PAL
LIECHTENSTEIN PAL B/G
LITHUANIA PAL and SECAM
LUXEMBOURG PAL and SECAM
MACAU PAL
MACEDONIA PAL
MADAGASCAR SECAM
MADEIRA PAL
MALAYSIA PAL
MALDIVES PAL
MALI SECAM
MALTA PAL
MARSHALL ISLANDS NTSC
MARTINIQUE SECAM
MAURITANIA SECAM
MAURITIUS SECAM
MAYOTTE SECAM
MEXICO NTSC
MICRONESIA NTSC
MIDWAY ISLAND NTSC
MOLDOVA (MOLDAVIA) SECAM
MONACO SECAM and PAL
MONGOLIA SECAM
MONTSERRAT NTSC
MOROCCO SECAM
MOZAMBIQUE PAL
MYANMAR (BURMA) NTSC
NAMIBIA PAL
NEPAL PAL B
NETHERLANDS PAL
NETHERLANDS (ARMED FORCES NETWORK) NTSC
NETHERLANDS ANTILLES NTSC
NEW CALEDONIA SECAM
NEW ZEALAND PAL
NICARAGUA NTSC
NIGER SECAM
NIGERIA PAL
NORFOLK ISLAND PAL
NORTH MARIANA ISLANDS NTSC
NORWAY PAL
OMAN PAL
PAKISTAN PAL
PALAU NTSC
PANAMA NTSC
PAPUA NEW GUINEA PAL
PARAGUAY PAL
PERU NTSC
PHILIPPINES NTSC
POLAND PAL
POLYNESIA (FRENCH) SECAM
PORTUGAL PAL
PUERTO RICO NTSC
QATAR PAL
REUNION SECAM
ROMANIA PAL
RUSSIA SECAM
ST. KITTS & NEVIS NTSC
ST. LUCIA NTSC
ST. PIERRE ET MIQUELON SECAM
ST. VINCENT NTSC
SAO TOM E PRINCIPE PAL
SAMOA, AMERICAN NTSC
SAUDI ARABIA SECAM and PAL
SAMOA NTSC
SENEGAL SECAM
SEYCHELLES PAL
SIERRA LEONE PAL
SINGAPORE PAL
SLOVAKIA PAL
SLOVENIA PAL
SOMALIA PAL
SOUTH AFRICA PAL
SPAIN PAL
SRI LANKA PAL
SUDAN PAL
SURINAME NTSC
SWAZILAND PAL
SWEDEN PAL
SWITZERLAND PAL
SYRIA SECAM and PAL
TAHITI SECAM
TAIWAN NTSC
TAJIKISTAN SECAM
TANZANIA PAL
THAILAND PAL
TOGO SECAM
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO NTSC
TUNISIA SECAM
TURKEY PAL
TURKMENISTAN SECAM
TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS NTSC
UGANDA PAL
UKRAINE SECAM
URUGUAY PAL
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES PAL
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (USA) NTSC
UNITED KINGDOM PAL
UZBEKISTAN SECAM
VENEZUELA NTSC
VIETNAM NTSC and SECAM
VIRGIN ISLANDS (US & BRITISH) NTSC
WALLIS & FUTUNA SECAM
YEMEN PAL and NTSC
ZAMBIA PAL
ZIMBABWE PAL

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