This page gives you some tips and hints regarding...

Technical things one might want to know when wanting to buy DVDs and VHSs.

The Technical Section 
Since not all of Nat's movies are available everywhere around the world, I thought it might be useful to give you some hints regarding DVD and VHS formats. Please, if you do think about buying a new DVD player make sure that it is multi-region or at least region 1 and 2, or it is region-free. There are some sites with instructions on how to switch your DVD player to region-free. If you are buying a new VCR player you might want to consider one that will play both NTSC and PAL formats. That should handle all of Nat's films.
 
DVD Region Encoding  
There are currently 6 global region codes that identify specific DVDs that are compatible with the players typically sold in that region. The majority of all current titles play in only one specific region unless otherwise noted. Most of the DVDs sold in the U.S. and Canada are Region 1 encoded and may not work on DVD players in European countries and vice versa. Listed below are the six regions. Region 0 means that you will be able to watch this DVD on all DVD players all around the world. Region 0 is sometimes also referred to as region-free.
 
  1. U.S., U.S. Territories, Canada, and Bermuda
  2. Japan, Europe, South Africa, and the Middle East, including Egypt
  3. Southeast Asia, East Asia, including Hong Kong
  4. Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean
  5. Former Soviet Union, Indian subcontinent, Africa, North Korea, and Mongolia
  6. China


If you're interested in buying DVDs from other regions, try to switch your DVD-player to region-free modus first. If you succeed in this simply run your DVD player as region-free, don't switch it back to your local region. There's a small chance that the DVD player could lock itself up when doing this switch too often.


International VHS Formats  
All of the videos sold in the U.S. and Canada follow the 60 Hz, NTSC format. This video format is also used in Japan. NTSC videotapes will not work on most videocassette players in countries that use PAL, SECAM, or other video standards.
 
PAL-format VHS tapes will work on most players in Europe, Australia, China, and parts of the Middle East. SECAM-format VHS tapes will work on players in France. If you are interested in purchasing videos with a different format, please make sure that you VCR plays at least PAL and NTSC. It is very likely that those VCRs will also cope with SECAM.
 
If your VCR does not play different formats, there are companies that will convert an existing format to any other. There is a charge for this and it depends on the length of the film.

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