Subject: dvds viewed on laptops while travelling

in london last year i purchased the ken burns dvd's on the american civil war. it didnt work in australia on comuters or dvd players distributed in australia. the dvds were coded for regions.

i intend buying a laptop in the usa for use while travelling in the usa and europe and eventual use in australia. does this mean that as i will have a usa produced computer i will only be able to play dvds purchased in the usa ? has europe got another code too?

is there a solution?-the bbc and pbs dvds are worth keeping and expensive so its a real problem.

alan sydney