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NTSC SPECIFICATIONS

 
The first colour TV broadcast system was implemented in the United States in 1953. This was based on the NTSC(National Television System Committee) standard. NTSC is used by many countries on the American continent as well as many Asian countries including Japan. NTSC runs on 525 lines/frame.
 
NTSC
Antigua
Bahamas
Barbados
Belize
Bermuda
Bolivia
Burma
Canada
Chile
Colombia
Costa Rica
Cuba
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
El Salvador
Greenland
Guam
Guatemala
Guyana
Honduras
Jamaica
Japan
Korea, So.
Mexico
Netherlands Antilles
Nicaragua
Panama
Peru
Phillipines
Puerto Rico
Saipan
Samoa
Surinam
Taiwan
Tobago
Trinidad
United States
Venezuela
Virgin Islands

PAL SPECIFICATIONS


The PAL (Phase Alternating Line)  standard was launched  in the early 1960's and implemented in most  European countries except for France. The PAL standard utilizes a wider channel bandwidth  than NTSC which produces better picture quality.
PAL  produces 625 lines per frame.  Other  PAL  family systems are: PAL B,G,H - PAL I -PAL D - PAL N & PAL M.

PAL
Afghanistan (Kabul)
Algeria
Argentina
Australia
Austria
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Belgium
Brazil (M)
Brunei
Cameroon
Canary Is.
China
Cyprus
Denmark
Finland
Germany, W
Ghana
Gibraltar
Greece
Hong Kong
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Jordan
Kenya
Korea, N.
Kuwait
Liberia
Luxembourg
Malaysia
Malta
Monaco
Netherlands
New Guinea
New Zealand
Nigeria
Norway
Oman
Pakistan
Paraguay
Portugal
Qatar
Saudi Arabia
Sierra Leone
Singapore
South Afrida
Spain
Sri Lanka
Sudan
Swaziland
Sweden
Switzerland
Tanzania
Thailand
Turkey
Uganda
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
Uruguay
Yemen A.R.
Yugoslavia
Zambia
Zimbabwe

SECAM SPECIFICATION

Secam standard was introduced in the early 1960's and implemented in  France.  SECAM uses the same bandwidth as PAL but transmits the colour  information sequentially SECAM runs on 625 lines/frame.

SECAM
Albania
Benin
Bulgaria
Congo
Czech.
Djibouti
Egypt
France
French Guiana
Gabon
Germany E
Greece
Guadeloupe
Haiti
Hungary
Iran
Iraq
Ivory Coast
Lebanon
Libya
Luxembourg
Madagascar
Martinique
Mauritius
Monaco
Mongolia
Morocco
New Caledonia
Niger
Poland
Reunion
Romania
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Syria
Tahiti
Togo
Tunisia
U.S.S.R.
Viet Nam
Zaire

DVD REGION CODE

WE CAN CONVERT ANY PAL/SECAM REGION CODE DVD TO CODE FREE NTSC DVD-R

This means if you purchased a (PAL) DVD with region codes from anywhere in the world and it will not play on your (NTSC) DVD player we can copy it to DVD-R (NTSC) so it will play in Canada and USA

INFO: The DVD world is divided into six major geographical regions, with two additional regions reserved for specialized use.

REGION 1 -- USA, Canada
REGION 2 -- Japan, Europe, South Africa, Middle East, Greenland
REGION 3 -- S.Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Parts of South East Asia
REGION 4 -- Australia, New Zealand, Latin America (including Mexico)
REGION 5 -- Eastern Europe, Russia, India, Africa
REGION 6 -- China
REGION 7 -- Reserved for Unspecified Special Use
REGION 8 -- Resevered for Cruise Ships, Airlines, etc...
REGION 0 or REGION ALL -- Discs are uncoded and can be played Worldwide, however, PAL discs must be played in a PAL-compatible unit and NTSC discs must be played in an NTSC-compatible unit.

To keep it simple, this means that DVD players and DVDs are labeled for operation on within a specific geographical region in the world.

The end result is that DVDs encoded for regions other than Region 1 cannot be played on a region 1 DVD player, also, players marketed for other regions cannot play region 1-stamped DVDs. Thats were we come in, we can convert ANY DVD to play on your NTSC player.

MORE DETAILED INFORMATION & DVD REGIONS: COLOUR TV STANDARDS AND DVD REGIONS


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