With the looming release of the Futurama Season 2 DVDs around Europe, it seems rather strange that FOX still upholds its idea to artificially withhold the release of the Futurama Season 1 DVDs in the USA. The whole situation could be resolved by either releasing the DVDs in all regions at the same time or by making
them "region-0", which allows playing the DVDs on any DVD player. They don't want that for syndication reasons.
Now, ironically, FOX in the UK tells its Simpsons fans "no idea whatsoever what regional coding means. But it is essential that you buy a multi-regional player."
Maybe - just maybe - all the trouble is with FOX's policy not to sell DVDs internationally at (about) the same time? Nah ... It must be us with the wrong players ...
PS: The UK and German Simpsons Season 2 are now out.
USA to follow in August.