Our international readers asked us to clarify that the new AS THE WORLD TURNS 4-disc 20-episode DVD collection would be playable outside of Region 1. DVDs are typically encoded with a specific region so if you buy a movie DVD made in the United States it won't play on a DVD player in Europe which is created to play Region 2 DVDs.
"The studios do that because they don't want to have DVDs playing in a Region it's not released in yet," SoapClassics.com President Mark Yates explained to We Love Soaps. "But we have no intention of restricting regions whatsoever."
The AS THE WORLD TURNS DVD collection is "Region All" sometimes called "Region 0" or "Region Free" so the same DVD will play everywhere.
"If someone wants to buy the English language version of this from our website," Yates continued, "we will happily sell it to them in the Netherlands and ship there. Our DVD right now is all Regions. We're not restricting any Regions to the English language version."
There is talk about creating different versions of the DVD at some point.
"We are in discussions right now (none of the deals are done) with three different international home video distributors who are working on locating the foreign language tracks for the shows," Yates revealed in our interview. "And we will then license them the local DVD distribution rights. International DVD distribution will be handled by a local level and will be Region appropriate. For example, if we were to license to Germany, a German distributor will create German packaging, German language programming, do the subtitling and/or dubbing."
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