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What is Region 4 DVD? Will Region 4 DVDs Play in US/ UK/Canada/Australia?

What does Region 4 DVD mean? Region 4 DVDs are DVDs labeled Region 4. The Region 4 is assigned for DVDs and DVD players sold in Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, Central America, Mexico, South America, and Caribbean.

In our article "what are the DVD region codes", we've explained that DVDs and DVD players are manufactured for specific regions of the globe due to variations in releases and markets. All DVD region codes and the corresponding geographic scope are listed below:

Region 1: United States (incl. Puerto Rico), Canada, and Bermuda
Region 2: Europe (without Belarus, Russia, Ukraine and CIS), Greenland, British Overseas Territories, Overseas France, Turkey, Middle East, Egypt, Tunisia, Eswatini, Lesotho, South Africa, and Japan
Region 3: Southeast Asia, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau
Region 4: Latin America (except French Guiana and Puerto Rico), Caribbean (except French West Indies), and Oceania (except French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Wallis and Futuna, and Hawaii)
Region 5: Africa (except Egypt, Tunisia, Lesotho, Eswatini, South Africa, Mayotte and Réunion), Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Central Asia, South Asia, Mongolia, and North Korea
Region 6: Mainland China
Region 7: Not assigned
Region 8: Special International Venues (airplanes, cruise ships, etc.)
Region 0/All: Discs labeled Region 0/All are not region coded and will play on any player, regardless of the region in which they were sold.

DVD region code map

Well, will Region 4 DVDs play in US, UK, Canada, and Australia? Will Region 4 DVDs play on PS4 and Xbox? Let's check below.

Will Region 4 DVDs Play in the US?

In the forum of DVDTalk, a user asked whether a Region 4 DVD work in the US.

"I really want to buy three Ali G DVDs that are being sold on Ebay by an Australia seller. They are listed as Region 4 DVDs. Will these work on my US machine (Region 1)?"

Before answering this question, we need to clarify a principle. The DVD player and the DVD being played must be from the same region in order for the DVD to play correctly, unless the DVD player and the DVD are coded as Region 0 or All. A region-free DVD player can read DVDs from any region and a region-free DVD can be played on DVD players regardless of its region code.

DVD players sold in the US are coded to play Region 1 DVD discs as well as discs labeled Region 0 or All. US DVD players cannot play Region 4 DVDs out of the box, unless they are region free machines or you change the DVD players' region.

Check the back panel of your DVD player, you should be able to see the region number which is in a globe icon.

Will Region 4 DVDs Play in UK?

In the AVForums, a user asked whether Region 4 DVDs work on UK DVD players.

Firstly, we need to know that DVD players sold in the UK are coded to play Region 2 DVD discs. So, a UK DVD player will not be able to play a Region 4 DVD, unless it is a region free device or you change its region.

Will Region 4 DVDs Play in Canada?

As with USA, Canada is in Region 1. So, those Canada DVD players coded to Region 1 don't have native support for Region 4 DVDs.

Will Region 4 DVDs Play in Australia?

Yes. DVD players sold in Australia are coded to Region 4. They are the same region as the discs.

Will Region 4 DVDs Play on PS4 and Xbox?

PS4 and Xbox consoles are region free for game discs but are region locked for DVDs and Blu-rays. So, if your PS4 and Xbox are come from Region 4 [Latin America (except French Guiana and Puerto Rico), Caribbean (except French West Indies), and Oceania (except French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Wallis and Futuna, and Hawaii)], they can play Region 4 DVDs. For consoles from other regions, you need to change the DVD region code.

You may want to check: How to Change Region on PS4

How to Play Region 4 DVDs from Other Regions?

Generally, there are three solutions:

  • Solution 1. Use a region-free DVD player.
  • Solution 2. Change your DVD player to Region 4.
  • Solution 3. Convert Region-4 DVDs to region-free file.

You can search a region-free DVD player on Amazon and click the links above to learn how to change your DVD player and game console to region 4. In this part, we'll mainly focus on show you how to convert a region-free DVD to a region-free file. To do this, you need to install a DVD ripper that can bypass region codes. And WinX DVD Ripper is a good choice. This program can bypass DVD region codes and DVD copy protections and rip movies from your DVDs as ISO, VIDEO_TS, MP4, MOV, and other formats. You can click the download button below to get the setup file of WinX DVD Ripper and follow the steps below to rip your Region 4 DVDs to region-free files for playing in the US, UK, Canada, and other regions.

Step 1. Insert the Region 4 DVD you want to play into your computer's DVD drive. Then, run WinX DVD Ripper and click the "DVD Disc" icon to select the DVD as the source DVD. Then, it will start loading your DVD.

Step 2. When the Output Profile panel appears, choose a desired output format.

If you want to copy this Region 4 DVD to a region free DVD, you can click DVD Backup Profile -> DVD Backup -> Clone DVD to ISO Image or Clone DVD to DVD Folder -> OK. The ISO image file and DVD folder can be burned back to a blank DVD.

Make a copy of a region 4 DVD

WinX DVD Ripper offers over 350 output formats, you can scroll down to General Profiles and choose MP4 or other formats you like.

Rip region 4 DVD to MP4

Step 3. Click "RUN" to start converting your Region 4 DVD to a region-free file that can be played in any region.

Disclaimer: Digiarty Software does not advocate ripping copy-protected DVDs for any commercial purpose and suggests referring to the DVD copyright laws in your countries before doing so.


author - Donna Peng

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Donna Peng's fascination with multimedia began at an early age - shortly after she licked the physical disc and then she's been obsessed ever since. Her decade-long career at Digiarty after the graduation has seen her unmatched expertise in the field of DVD, digital video, software and anything related to home theatre. She is currently fascinated with photography.

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