Will DVDs and Blu-Rays Bought from Amazon Play in Australia

DVDs and Blu-Ray Discs are two of the most favorite items of international shoppers at Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk. Most often, it takes time before newly-released titles become available in Australia’s local market. Hence, eager Aussies tend to buy DVDs and Blu-Ray discs internationally and the go-to-store for many is Amazon, both the US and UK store.

Since the discs are bought overseas, compatibility issues arise. We hear several complaints that Amazon DVDs and Blu-Ray Discs does not play in DVD players typically sold in Australia. The most common reason is that DVDs in USA and UK are encoded differently from those sold in Australia. Similarly, some DVD players in USA and UK are compatible only to region-specific discs. The following are the different regions and their corresponding numerical assignment.

DVD Region Codes

REGION 1
  • United States
  • Canada
  • Bermuda
REGION 2
  • Japan
  • Europe
  • Egypt
  • South Africa
  • Middle East
REGION 3
  • Southeast Asia
  • East Asia
  • Hong Kong
REGION  4
  • AUSTRALIA
  • New Zealand
  • Pacific Islands
  • Carribean
  • Central/ South America
REGION 5
  • Eastern Europe
  • North Korea
  • Baltic States
  • India
  • Russia
  • Mongolia
  • Africa
  • Central/ South Asia
REGION 6
  • China

Here are the region codes for Blu-Ray discs:

BLU-RAY

REGION A/1
  • North, Central & South America
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Hong Kong
  • Southeast Asia
REGION B/2
  • AUSTRALIA
  • Europe
  • Greenland
  • France
  • Middle East
  • Africa
  • New Zealand
REGION C/3
  • India
  • Nepal
  • Russia
  • China
  • Central & South Asia

 

Resolving Compatibility Issues

As you can see from the charts above, Australia belongs to Region 4 for DVDs and Region B/2 for Blu Ray. On the other hand, USA belongs to Region 1 and UK to Region 2 for both DVDs and Blu Ray. Good news though is that most DVD players are multi-regional, that is, they can play any DVDs and Blu Ray Discs encoded for any region. Check your player’s manual to know whether it supports any region-specific DVDs.

If your player is not region-free, the best thing to do is to limit yourself to DVDs available locally in Australia. If you insist, There are software available on the internet that you may use to bypass Region Codes. A good example is BlazeVideo. You may find more information here.

 

Shipping Amazon DVDs to Australia

With the help of Amazon Global Program for both Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk, Australians can now directly order DVDs from these stores. DVDs and Blu Ray discs may be bought here. Amazon, with the help of its shipping partners, will cause the delivery of your orders to your address in Australia. Of course, this entails a minimal shipping fee. Amazon.com charges a minimum of $6.98 as shipping fee to Australia while Amazon.co.uk charges £3.59 at the least. You can find complete rates for Amazon.com here and for Amazon.co.uk here.

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