History UsefulNotes / RegionCoding

25th Mar '17 1:33:21 PM nombretomado
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** The [[NintendoDS DSi]] has region locking, but only for specific [[NintendoDS DSi]] features, such as differing online features for each region. Future games will still be region-free, with the exception of downloadable ones.
** The Nintendo3DS has region locking for both cartridge and downloadable games, to the annoyance of import gamers. Nintendo allegedly incorporates a ''whitelist'' database on each device, which contains a list of checksum of valid games. Game not in the list? Then it wouldn't run. Allegedly this is why the 3DS regularly receives updates even if there's no bug fix or feature addition, and is why cartridges for the original DS needed to be validated online, leading to the requirement of the 3DS having an internet connection and the slow loading time of original DS games as well, but apparently they have moved DS games to using the whitelist too.

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** The [[NintendoDS DSi]] UsefulNotes/DSi has region locking, but only for specific [[NintendoDS DSi]] [=DSi=] features, such as differing online features for each region. Future games will still be region-free, with the exception of downloadable ones.
** The Nintendo3DS UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS has region locking for both cartridge and downloadable games, to the annoyance of import gamers. Nintendo allegedly incorporates a ''whitelist'' database on each device, which contains a list of checksum of valid games. Game not in the list? Then it wouldn't run. Allegedly this is why the 3DS regularly receives updates even if there's no bug fix or feature addition, and is why cartridges for the original DS needed to be validated online, leading to the requirement of the 3DS having an internet connection and the slow loading time of original DS games as well, but apparently they have moved DS games to using the whitelist too.
26th Jan '17 10:28:54 AM SparkPlugTheTroper
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* 9 - These DVDs have all eight regions set, so they can be played on literally any DVD player.

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* 9 - These DVDs Denotes [=DVDs=] that have all eight regions set, so they can be played on literally any anywhere that has a DVD player.
26th Jan '17 10:25:25 AM SparkPlugTheTroper
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* 0 - No region; can be played on any DVD player anywhere in the world. Also denotes a DVD player that can play [=DVDs=] from any region.

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* 0 - No region; Either has no region set or has regions 1-6 set; can be played on any DVD player anywhere in the world. Also denotes a DVD player that can play [=DVDs=] from any region.




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* 9 - These DVDs have all eight regions set, so they can be played on literally any DVD player.
13th Jan '17 5:23:13 PM wwtoonlinkfan
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* Of the three TheEighthGenerationOfConsoleVideoGames consoles, it appears that the WiiU will be the only region-locked console in the market. Microsoft originally intended to region-lock the XboxOne to only 21 countries, but backed out when critics and fans vocally protested the region coding plan and DRM. Sony in the meantime has pledged that VideoGame/Persona4Arena and [=JoySound Dive=] were unique cases and they intend to retain the region-free policy with the UsefulNotes/PlayStation4.

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* Of the three TheEighthGenerationOfConsoleVideoGames main [[TheEighthGenerationOfConsoleVideoGames 8th-generation]] consoles, it appears that the WiiU will be Wii U is the only region-locked console in the market.among them. Microsoft originally intended to region-lock the XboxOne to only 21 countries, but backed out when critics and fans vocally protested the region coding plan and DRM. Sony in the meantime has pledged that VideoGame/Persona4Arena and [=JoySound Dive=] were unique cases and they intend to retain the region-free policy with the UsefulNotes/PlayStation4.UsefulNotes/PlayStation4.
* Thankfully averted by the UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch. Bucking a trend of over thirty years, the Switch is Nintendo's first ever region-free home console, where region locking is up to the developers and such locking is expected to be uncommon - just like how it is on other consoles.
28th Dec '16 4:17:51 AM pinkdalek
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** BBC Worldwide (the BBC's international, profit-making arm) is known in the UK for making copyright claims of officially uploaded domestic BBC material and blocking it for viewers in the United Kingdom.
23rd Dec '16 7:00:19 PM RAMChYLD
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* As PAL and NTSC have different video standards, this leads to, in some cases, a (roughly) 4% speed-up or slowdown when a work is ported across from Europe to America if no-one particularly cares to do it right. A particularly tragic case of this concerns the ''Series/DoctorWho'' [[DoctorWhoTVMTheTVMovie TV movie]]: Normally, ''Doctor Who'' is mastered in the European PAL standard used in its native UK, and the versions released in the American market are converted to NTSC in such a way to preserve the timing. However, the movie was a UK-US co-production, so it was mastered in NTSC, and converted for the PAL market with a 4% speedup. Viewers often find it jarring to listen to ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'' audio dramas featuring the Eighth Doctor after watching the movie, as his real voice is noticeably deeper than the sped-up version in the movie.\\

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* As PAL and NTSC have the world is divided between two different video standards, common frame rates, this leads to, in some cases, a (roughly) 4% speed-up or slowdown when a work is ported across from Europe to America if no-one particularly cares to do it right. A particularly tragic case of this concerns the ''Series/DoctorWho'' [[DoctorWhoTVMTheTVMovie TV movie]]: Normally, ''Doctor Who'' is mastered in the European PAL standard used in its native UK, and the versions released in the American market are converted to NTSC in such a way to preserve the timing. However, the movie was a UK-US co-production, so it was mastered in NTSC, and converted for the PAL market with a 4% speedup. Viewers often find it jarring to listen to ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'' audio dramas featuring the Eighth Doctor after watching the movie, as his real voice is noticeably deeper than the sped-up version in the movie.\\
23rd Dec '16 6:56:06 PM RAMChYLD
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** Amazon region locks the MP3 store to the country the store is in. You can't buy anything unless your IP address belongs to an [=ISP=] in the country the store is in. Likewise, the App store is only available to around 40 countries, typically those where the Kindle is sold, either officially or through an importer, although they seemed to have expanded to two-thirds of the world when Blackberry signed a partnership with them to make Amazon's store available on all newer Android-compatible Blackberry phones.

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** Amazon region locks the MP3 store to the country the store is in. You can't buy anything unless your IP address belongs to an [=ISP=] in the country the store is in. Likewise, the App store is only available to around 40 countries, typically those where the Kindle is sold, either officially or through an importer, although they seemed to have expanded to two-thirds of the world when Blackberry signed a partnership with them to make Amazon's store available on all newer Android-compatible Blackberry phones. For Amazon's video service, see separate entry below.
23rd Dec '16 6:55:27 PM RAMChYLD
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** Amazon region locks the Unbox/video service and MP3 store to the country the store is in. You can't buy anything unless your IP address belongs to an [=ISP=] in the country the store is in. Likewise, the App store is only available to around 40 countries, typically those where the Kindle is sold, either officially or through an importer, although they seemed to have expanded to two-thirds of the world when Blackberry signed a partnership with them to make Amazon's store available on all newer Android-compatible Blackberry phones.

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** Amazon region locks the Unbox/video service and MP3 store to the country the store is in. You can't buy anything unless your IP address belongs to an [=ISP=] in the country the store is in. Likewise, the App store is only available to around 40 countries, typically those where the Kindle is sold, either officially or through an importer, although they seemed to have expanded to two-thirds of the world when Blackberry signed a partnership with them to make Amazon's store available on all newer Android-compatible Blackberry phones.
23rd Dec '16 6:44:26 PM RAMChYLD
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** This also applies to [[Creator/AmazonStudios Amazon Prime Video]]. While the service is available in more than 200 countries worldwide as of December 13th 2016, 194 of the countries only have access to a small collection of shows movies (in fact, the library has a little over a hundred titles!) that the 6 countries that got the service first has, including many other Amazon originals.

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** This also applies to [[Creator/AmazonStudios Amazon Prime Video]]. While the service is available in more than 200 countries worldwide as of December 13th 2016, 194 of the countries only have access to a small collection of shows movies (in fact, the library only has a little over a hundred titles!) that the 6 countries that got the service first has, including many other Amazon originals.
23rd Dec '16 6:41:19 PM RAMChYLD
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** This also applies to [[Creator/AmazonStudios Amazon Prime Video]]. While the service is available in more than 200 countries worldwide as of December 13th 2016, 194 of the countries only have access to a small collection of shows movies (in fact, the library has a little over a hundred titles!) that the 6 countries that got the service first has, including many other Amazon originals.
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