I have a pretty basic question. I understand that DVDs are encoded for different "regions." I'm guessing region 1 is North America, region 2 is Europe, Region 3 is Asia? Anyway, I was wondering if this region thing is that same as NTSC vs PAL. Is PAL the same thing as region 2 and NTSC the same as region 3? If so, what's region 3 called? I have a DVD player that doesn't play PAL. I guess that means I'm limited to region 1 / NTSC. Is there some way to play PAL without getting a new DVD player? I don't want to get a new player yet because other than the PAL thing it's really good and I want to wait until I get an HDTV so I can get a DVD player with progressive scan. I know this region thingy is around for legal reasons, copyright and such, but damn, what a pain in the ass. I bet the stuff gets pirated anyway.