Region needed for Switzerland

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I am submitting a Swiss series to IMDb. The system wants me to add a region in the Release Date section. I don't know what region the YouTube channel comes from, but isn't a region irrelevant for an internet show?

How do I proceed?

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Hi J. -

As we don't have a "Worldwide" option, when submitting Release Dates we require that you select a country so that we can record all instances of a titles exact release, so if the film was released on the internet on the same date in different regions (for example, Switzerland and the USA), you would submit two separate Release Dates for the internet release, one for each country.
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Michelle: This is a Switzerland-specific problem.

As indicated at https://help.imdb.com/article/contribution/titles/release-dates/GVUUDEPJNAW6G35P#, there is a specific rule for Switzerland due to the fact that different regions of the country have different primary languages:
Attributes for language regions in Switzerland
  • When adding release dates for Switerzland* please always include the region to which the release applies. This should be one of:
(German speaking region)
(French speaking region)
(Italian speaking region)
This rule has been in place on IMDb for many years. I assume that when it was put in place, a French movie might have been released in the French-speaking parts of Switzerland first, and only later translated into German and Italian for release in the rest of the country. 

The question is how to apply this rule to a YouTube series that is available simultaneously throughout the country.

My suggestion for J., in dealing with a Swiss YouTube series, would be something along the following lines:
  1. If the series is primarily in German, French, or Italian, then submit the release date with an attribute of (German speaking region), (French speaking region), or (Italian speaking region)
  2. If the series also has subtitles in one of the other languages of the country, then submit an additional release date to represent that other language region. So, for example, a German-language series with French-language subtitles would get two Swiss release dates listed.
  3. If it's a Swiss series which is primarily in English or some other language besides one of the main three languages of Switzerland, then submit three Swiss release dates, one for each of the language regions.
However, other people may see this situation differently.

*There is a typo in the submission guide here which misspells "Switzerland".
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Thanks, Michelle. And thank you, Gromit. I'll try number three, since the series is in English.