just brew it! wrote:
sjl wrote:In addition, many DVD drives will refuse to hand over the encrypted data if the region code is incorrect, making ripping impossible outside the allotted region(s).
Didn't know that. Not surprised, really... just didn't realize some drives did that. Guess I learned something today!
Its probably because your in the USA and everything is so cheap there is no need to cross import. In Australia we have a law banning region locking for media. Its still on the discs, but the hardware/software of the player can be modded to go around the lock. This often means the DVD and Bluray discs from stores will come from different regions based on where the wholesaler gets the cheapest price. So DVD's from region 1 (USA), 2 (Europe) and 4 (Aus) are all common.
New hardware is normally region free. But older hardware can be a problem. The LiteOn DVD drive in my PC give 5 region swaps before its locked, but there is software to reset the drive to factory (giving you another 5 choices). My wife's ancient Sony DVD player took the region of the first disc placed in it and cannot be changed.
Games are not region locked but there can be problems. When Diablo III launched in Australia, the sole wholesaler imported the games from 3 different regions (Aus, UK and USA). Even though all were in English the defaults were different. The default server was USA for Aus and USA, but UK defaulted to Europe. Meaning people couldn't player with their friends until they switched servers (and lost characters). Most importantly the patches blizzard shipped crashed / failed to install due differences in the versions. This locked players out of the game since you can only play with the latest version. Its all sorted now, but it was a **** for a month or so after go live.