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I investigated this some years ago Jerry.

As John Y has noted the PC can have its region reset a number of times but you can't keep flip-flopping.

European-encoded DVDs play just fine on NTSC TVs - the NTSC vs PAL encoding takes place in the device and is not hard-coded into the DVD image itself. Check the make and model of your DVD player - many can be switched to region-free and the instructions for doing so for many models can be found on the web. It usually involves things like powering on while holding the eject button and then hitting some combination of keys. Failing that just go to Amazon and look for a cheap region-free DVD player if this is likely to be more than just a one-time thing. Like this one https://www.amazon.com/Megatek-Region-Free-Connection-Full-HD-Upscaling/dp/B07PNMTP1Y/ref=sr_1_2 <https://www.amazon.com/Megatek-Region-Free-Connection-Full-HD-Upscaling/dp/B07PNMTP1Y/ref=sr_1_2> and Black Friday sales are not far away!

Good luck

Jon P

On Nov 8, 2023, at 7:26 AM, Jerry Adams <midrange@xxxxxxxx> wrote:

For some reason the U.S. and Europe decided to establish different standards
for DVD formats, which means that a DVD created under the European format
will not play on a DVD player built in the U.S., and, of course, vice versa.
I figure that this limitation applies to the DVD players in PCs since they
are just components, like bricks, used to build the unit.

I was wondering, though, if there was a way to play a European-DVD on a US
PC. Sort of like a 1401 emulator. Or maybe there is a European DVD
component that I could plug into my PC via a USB plug.

Asking for a friend. .-)

Jerry C. Adams

Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet enines. -Steven

IBM i Programmer/Analyst




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