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  • Kurt Lang Level 8 Level 8

    Makes complete (well, more) sense when explained.

    So unless Apple stops providing a DVD player application, they by contract have to incorporate the region lock.

    That part I figured was the reason they (and Dell, Sony, etc.) continue to use region locked drives.

  • jakeboy Level 1 Level 1

    yeah its strange. and thats why you cant trash the player, its needed for that region stuff. But i thought why cant i just trash what ever is inside it. and it worked. hope it was useful.

  • Deb 2 Level 1 Level 1

    really?  anybody tried Jakeboy's solution.  What do you mean, you trashed what ever was inside it?


    Also, I don't understand this region thing.  If I can go out and buy an all region dvd player for $30--why can't I get some player for my mac? --relationships with Hollywood.....

  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8

    Region encoding is the mechanism that enables motion picture studios to control the worldwide release of their movies. It is required by the DVD Forum ( in all commercial hardware DVD players. Every DVD-Video disc contains one byte of data representing a region code, which limits where the disc can be played.


  • Deb 2 Level 1 Level 1

    Thanks Klaus.  But I guess my question was more hypothetical and maybe its really for the DVD forum.


    If I can legally go out and buy an all-region DVD player for my TV for as little as $30-40 or so on Amazon ....why isn't there an all region player for my Mac?


    Steve Jobs was not shy about taking on the record companies when it came to music CDs.  It's inconsistent. I'm not advocating piracy of DVDs, not trying to rip anyone off.  I would like to legitimately buy a European region DVD (which I can do) and play it on my computer (which I can not)--the movie studios will get as much money as they would have.  It's a global market. And heck, I would even buy an all-region computer player if it was offered. 


    I understand Apple's problem but someone should take this up. If ITunes had everything . . . . I would buy it there.

  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10

    Because the owners if the DVD technology refuse to license computers for DVD playback without the computer including the region lock. It's that simple. CDs were not protected by any such system of patents owned by the record companies; anyone could create a CD player without needing licensing from the record companies.


    So there's nothing Apple can do unless and until the movie studios get their heads out and drop this absurd system. And given Apple's push for world-wide digital downloads, I doubt they have a lot of incentive to try and bang heads with the movie studios on the issue.


    There's nothing else we can say on the subject.



  • wondermac Level 1 Level 1

    Unfortunately Apple does not allow me to post my solution although I think it is perfectly legal.


    I think that region thing is silly. I moved from Europe to the US and have now DVDs with different regions. At the same time, I can still buy Movies in both iTunes stores, the European one and the US one (with different Apple IDs). I can also play a movie I bought in the US iTunes Store on my European laptop, wherever I am on the planet. All legal. Silly. Totally useless and just producing inefficiencies.

  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8



    (My previous post was removed for including solutions perfectly legal here, but not in the US)

  • AppleXP Level 1 Level 1

    Jakeboy, kan du venligst foretælle mig hvordan du gør det? På forhånd tak for hjælpen.

  • jakeboy Level 1 Level 1

    hej AppleXP kan du sende mig en mail: - da jeg ikke kan poste løsningen her. (den er blevet slettet hver gang, selv om det er helt legit !)


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  • Kookie79 Level 1 Level 1

    Hi Klaus1, any way I could get this solution? Or will Apple find us and have us removed?!

  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8

    No and Yes in that order!

  • Kookie79 Level 1 Level 1

    Oh dear... well, till we meet in a free world then. Guess, we wouldn't even need these posts then.

    Thanks anyway.

  • jakeboy Level 1 Level 1

    Kookie79 text me an sms on 0045 25 85 48 13 and i will phone you up and tell you. thanks.

  • dcouzin Level 1 Level 1

    jakeboy kindly explained his solution to me. He found a simple and reversible way to uninstall "DVD Player".  So his solution relies on shifting to VLC player (or another non-Apple player).


    VLC is a good versatile player. It plays very many formats. For example, it plays my self-made blu-rays. But kurt188, posting in February 2012, made the point that Apple's "DVD Player" might be a superior DVD player. I've found "DVD Player" to have unusual playback qualities, and posted about this in a video editing forum:,277198,279613#msg-279613. "DVD Player" can deinterlace with high accuracy: 50i can look like 50p. It would be a pity to dump "DVD Player" because of the DVD region code problem.