Do VCD's have region protection?greenspun.com : LUSENET : Video CD : One Thread
I am in Japan wanting to watch some VCD's. Do they have region protection ala DVD or is this not an issue? My laptop is set up for japanese region DVD's, does it make a difference?
Thanks for any help
-- Mr Wowtrousers (firstname.lastname@example.org), October 19, 2002
Nope, you see VCD's are just bootlegs that have been converted into NTSC or PAL mpg format. They're alot more simplex than a dvd.
-- RK (email@example.com), October 19, 2002.
All VCDs are not bootlegs. In some parts of Asia they are quite legal. There is no region or copy protection inherent to the format.
-- Root (firstname.lastname@example.org), October 21, 2002.
Blah blah blah. I know they might be legal, but basically they're just copied off of VHS tapes or DVD's. Technically it's a bootleg legal or not.
-- RK (email@example.com), October 22, 2002.
Actually, the VCDs that I have purchased are legitimate releases from studios (seriously, I've never downloaded a film or purchased a pirated/bootleg film). The packaging is similar to what one would expect from a commercial audio CD.
There are some English-language films that have never been released on DVD, but have been released in Asia on VCD. In many places in Asia, VCD players were much more popular than VHS. Many Bollywood films have also never been released on DVD and are only available on VCD.
-- No One (firstname.lastname@example.org), October 22, 2002.