Verbatim DVD+R media are great for backing up commercial content for which you own the rights. Discs by Verbatim will store exact copies of your data, to the point of replicating any regional coding schemes present on the original.
Regional coding was one of the many great promises of the DVD format to motion picture studios, but one of its few disagreeable aspects for the common consumer. DVD regional coding best benefits Hollywood by allowing the movie studios to charge different prices for the same title, depending on what the market will bear. Otherwise, the different currency exchange rates between different markets in different countries would allow consumers, especially in our digitally connected age of ever-greater global free enterprise, to simply purchase products from a seller outside the Unites States and take advantage of cheaper prices. With DVD coding, the average consumer is locked in to the market of his or her particular country.
Imagine if you can only buy groceries from the supermarket closest to your home and nowhere else, even if prices are cheaper in another store that’s only a few more doors further down the street! Such is the situation with DVD regional coding schemes: indeed, the Common Market of the European Union has investigated DVD regional coding and made a preliminary conclusion that it appears to be a kind of price-fixing scheme, though no formal charges have ever been filed thus far.
This so-called price discrimination is but one of regional coding’s benefits for sellers. Another is the much-increased ability to control release dates. Movies were traditionally released at different times to different markets for a variety of purposes. Home video, particularly that on DVD, threatens this practice by making it possible for consumers to purchase the same titles from different markets: a disc may debut in the United States immediately, but not be officially available in Asia until weeks or months later, if at all. Consumers could simply order the movie from an overseas company, but with DVD regional coding that overseas disc, if designated a different regional coding status than that assigned to his or her home market, will not work in his or her DVD player – if the DVD player was also bought in his or her home market.
Thus, as can be imagined, there exist DVD players which will play discs from any regional, no matter its regional coding. Such region-free DVD players have been hacked to ignore the regional coding stipulation that makes up an official specification of the DVD format. Nowadays many players have been expressly manufactured to bypass such restrictions, with the manufacturers even going so far as to provide official documentation on how to do so! Typically, this capability is not loudly publicized, though instructions on how to input which secret codes to unlock their players are provided.