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Do UK DVDs work on American DVD players?

Discussion in 'Movie Forum' started by ryokoi, Nov 28, 2004.

  1. ryokoi

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    Hi Posters,

    I'm an American looking to buy a highlight DVD put out by my favorite English football club. Unfortunately, my DVD player (a Toshiba SD2800)'s instruction manual states that its a:

    1) The DVD player will only play DVD's encoded as Region 1 or ALL
    2) The DVD player uses the NTSC color system, and cannot play DVD video discs recorded in any other color system (PAL, SECAM)

    Are DVD's put out that can read on both NTSC and PAL systems? Are there DVD players that read both?

    Thanks,

    ryu
     
  2. captainH

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    You should check with the club first of course but I would be almost certain that a football club's own DVD would not be region encoded. Generally these type of discs are region 0 so you could play them okay on any DVD player. If they have encoded it to region 2 then you're out of luck I'm afraid.

    The second issue is a little more problematic because from what I understand, whereas virtually all DVD players and new TV's in the UK will support NTSC as well as PAL, in the US the story is a little different. Not only will you have to get a DVD player that is happy to play a PAL disc you will also need to ensure your TV can accept a PAL signal which I think is quite a rarity in the US.

    I have one disc in my collection (cannot remember what it is offhand - something obscure) that has both PAL and NTSC versions encoded on it - one on each side but this is the only time I've ever seen this and it is certainly not something that is normally done.

    How about watching it on your PC? If the disc is region 0 then that will be able to play PAL or NTSC no problem.
     
  3. Mumfalan

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    Much the same as above, although with both my cheap Yakumo and my Denon DVD player's, you can play PAL discs but output them as NTSC. The pictures looks quite good on the Yakumo but not so great on the Denon when you do this. This might be specific to players that can output both NTSC and PAL though, i'm not totally sure.

    btw, depending on how long you are here for, you can order the Yakumo XL-2 off www.amazon.co.uk for around 40 pounds. This is both multi region and can do NTSC and PAL. Only problem I can see is that when you go back to the States, you will need a power converter as you will need to jump up 110V to 240V.
     
  4. ryokoi

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    Thanks guys!
     
  5. Reiner

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    What has been set before is mostly valid - if the player can't handle PAL discs then it's a bad start. Most US players don't, I have myself a US model and it displays an error message when inserting a European R2 or R4 disc.

    If you have a player that can handle PAL then there are a few options:
    1. The TV has to understand PAL
    2. The player converts to NTSC (usually effects the quality to some extend)
    3. Your player and TV have component (YUV) connections - even the TV does not support PAL you should still be able to watch R2 DVDs.
     
  6. recruit

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    I suppose it is only specialist discs that the US want as more or less everything else comes out there 1st anyway..

    John
     

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