This question asks how to play Region-2 DVDs in the USA. Is this on-topic?

Is there a way to see Zone 2 in the USA?

My immediate reaction is that it is clearly not on topic; but then I realized I don't know where else to send the question. Superuser would be great, if he was asking how to play on a computer, but non-computer questions on this topic are off-topic there (example).

If/when a home theater site goes live, that would be the obvious place for such a question.

Do we want to allow such questions here? Or is this site strictly about the movies themselves?

  • FYI: just because a question doesn't have a place elsewhere, doesn't mean it shouldn't be closed. So if its off-topic (and I believe it is) then it should be closed
    – Ivo Flipse
    Commented Dec 7, 2011 at 22:10
  • @IvoFlipse: I agree with that.
    – Flimzy
    Commented Dec 7, 2011 at 22:11
  • Personally, I think this is off-topic. I'll put this in an answer if you want people to vote on that.
    – iandotkelly Mod
    Commented Dec 7, 2011 at 22:13
  • @iandotkelly: Sounds like a good idea :)
    – Flimzy
    Commented Dec 7, 2011 at 22:14
  • Perhaps we should bundle this one (and similar discussions) in the FAQ question
    – Ivo Flipse
    Commented Dec 7, 2011 at 22:14
  • 1
    @IvoFlipse: IMO, we should hash out the fine points here, then when a consensus is reached, it would be appropriate to add that to the FAQ question.
    – Flimzy
    Commented Dec 7, 2011 at 22:15
  • @Flimzy I'm not sure what other consensus you need. Ian has answered with 6+ 0- and no comments. If someone disagrees they should be down voting or commenting.
    – phwd
    Commented Dec 8, 2011 at 23:36
  • @Alonzo: At the time I made that comment, there were no answers here.
    – Flimzy
    Commented Dec 8, 2011 at 23:40
  • Understood, I should have checked the timestamps.
    – phwd
    Commented Dec 8, 2011 at 23:49

1 Answer 1


I believe the purpose of this group is to discuss the content of movies, and not the formats themselves.

I believe asking questions about how technology affects the content of the movies would be on-topic (for example 3D is the most obvious recent innovation, but Sound and Color are earlier ones).

This question which is purely about a format related issue which has no bearing on the content of the movie would therefore be off topic.

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .