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What does DVD stand for?
DVD is an acronym for Digital Versatile Disc, which is an optical-disc technology developed by the DVD Consortium, a collection of 10 companies who contributed to the DVD standard and specification.
What are DVD 'regions' and what are they used for?
DVD regions is a security system introduced to DVD to ensure that DVD's released and sold in one region will not play on DVD machines in other regions enabling discs to be produced that conform to the different censorship laws, language and subtitle requirements of major world regions.
There are 6 DVD regions throughout the world:
R1 - Canada, United States and its Territories.
R2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa and the Middle East.
R3 - Southeast Asia and East Asia.
R4 - Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, Central and South America.
R5 - Indian Subcontinent, Former Soviet Union and Africa.
R6 - China.
DVD's may also be security encoded as Region 0 or 'Region All', which means that they are compatible in all regions or the world.
DVD Handling and Care.
Because a DVD consists of two sides glued together (each a mere 0.6 mm thick), it can be susceptible to damage from bending and/or twisting. Also, though DVD error-correction encoding is nearly ten times better than those of audio CD's, because of DVDís much higher compression ratio, shorter pit length and narrower tracks, severe scratches can create occasional problems in playback.
A good rule of thumb is to handle a DVD more carefully than a CD. Make contact only with the center hole and the outside edge of the disc. When removing a DVD from its case, press the button on the center hub and push downward. Using your other hand, gently remove the disc by its outer edge. Never remove a DVD from its package simply by prying up the outer edge of the disc.
Single-sided discs should be inserted into the player with titles/artwork facing up. Make sure the disc is seated properly inside the player before closing the tray.
Clean disc only with a damp, non-abrasive, lint-free cloth. Do not use any harsh or abrasive chemicals or cleaning agents. Wipe the disc carefully in a straight line from the inside hole to the outer edge. Never use a circular motion when cleaning a disc.
Do not stack your DVD discs. Always store the disc inside its protective case when not in use. And, of course, keep your DVDís away from extreme heat, such as the back window of a car or the trunk area -- and keep them out of direct sunlight.
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