DVD video discs may be encoded with a region code restricting the area of the world in which they can be played. Discs without region coding are called all region or region 0 discs. The commercial DVD player specification requires that a player to be sold in a given place not play discs encoded for a different region (region 0 discs are not restricted). The purpose of this is to allow motion picture studios to control aspects of a release, including content, release date, and price, according to the region. The region code of your player is marked with a number in an Earth logo.
Europe – along with Greenland, Japan, South-Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Egypt and some countries of the Middle-East – is labeled region 2.