Have you ever got a Blu-ray disc with Region A, Region B, or Region C that is not allowed to play in your country? The region codes used to be a problem for us. In this post, I would like to discuss region codes and how to bypass Blu-ray region codes on your Blu-ray disc to play it on any Blu-ray player you like.
About Blu-ray Region Codes
Like DVD region codes, Blu-ray region codes restrict you from playing the discs out of the exact region. However, the region codes for Blu-ray Disc media use letters instead of numbers to indicate a particular zone or region where the discs can be played.
The Blu-ray Disc region codes are as follows:
- Region A: North America, South America, U.S. Territories, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and other areas of Southeast Asia
- Region B: Europe, Africa, Middle East, Australia, and New Zealand.
- Region C: Asia (except for Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and other areas of Southeast Asia)
- Region FREE: This is not an official setting, but discs that have the region FREE symbol either have no flag set or have all region flags (A, B & C) set.
The following map shows the different Blu-ray codes and which areas they are utilized in.
Region-free Blu-ray Player?
Since region codes are specific to certain geographical locations, a disc can typically only be read and played by a Blu-Ray or DVD Player that was manufactured and/or intended for use in that same specific region. For example, Blu-ray Disc players purchased in countries corresponding to region A can play back Blu-ray Discs for region A, but cannot play back Blu-ray Discs for region B or REGION C.
Ultra HD Blu-ray Discs are region-free and can be played back using a Ultra HD Blu-ray Player, regardless of the region where they were purchased.
How to Remove Region Code for Blu-ray Disc?
There are several ways to bypass or remove regional codes on a Blu-ray disc. DVD or Blu-ray region coding can be easily removed for playing on any Blu-ray player, computer, or mobile devices.
DVDFab Remove Blu Ray Region Code
DVDFab has the ability to remove all know Blu-ray protections with Blu-ray Copy, Blu-ray Ripper options for you.
With DVDFab Blu-ray Copy, you can make a perfect 1:1 Blu-ray backup to any other Blu-ray disc like D-R 25, BD-RE 25, BD-R 50, BD-RE 50. And you can also combine several sources into one Blu-ray or compress Blu-ray. To remove Blu-ray region code, you should make sure you’ve checked the section Remove Region Code. You can follow the steps as below if you don’t know how.
How to Bypass Blu-ray Region Code with DVDFab?
- Download DVDFab 11 (currently the newest version), from the download link above.
- Once the download completed, double click DVDFab 11 to install it on your Windows or Mac computer.
- Go to Preference to make common settings.
- Select Blu-ray option, and make sure Remove RC (Region Code) is checked.
Normally, DVDFab will automatically detect and check the region info of the movie disc inserted, you shall not need to set the region code in Common Settings for individual disks. If you were popup a box asking you to select a specific region code, then select the correct one for the certain disk.
Then you can copy Blu-ray to another Blu-ray disc, or rip the Blu-ray to MKV or MP4 format file. The output file is free of region code.
To copy Blu-ray with DVDFab Blu-ray Copy, a Blu-ray drive attached to your computer shall be a must for reading.
- Click Copy from the option bar after running DVDFab Blu-ray Decrypter.
- Insert the Blu-ray disc you want to copy into the Blu-ray drive, or click on + button to load a source file.
- Customize your Blu-ray copy from 5 copy modes: Full Disc, Main Movie, Customize, Clone/Burn, Merge. You can even select it to be BD 9 or BD 5 when you choose Main Movie.
- After that, move to the lower bottom, select the output path to make the free region code Blu-ray disc, or or ISO image file or folder that without region code restriction.
To bypass Blu-ray region code restriction, you can also select Ripper option from the menu bar. By converting Blu-ray disc to common MKV, MP4, AVI format, you can enjoy the resulting videos on any media player, even devices that are equipped with Cinavia detectors, such as a PS3.