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japanese dvd players and pal

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by shortround, Oct 13, 2003.

  1. shortround

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    i understand that uk/european dvd players support both pal and ntsc because japan is also region 2 and they use ntsc. does this mean that japanese dvd players also support pal for the same reasons, or are they ntsc only?

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    Japan is region 2 NTSC your right about that. You must realise that in Japan 95% + of the TV's in that country are NTSC only. Meaning that when playing a PAL disc the output from the DVD player will be PAL and therefore will not work on their TV's unless its a multisystem TV.

    If you want to know if a Japanese DVD player will work on your UK TV, yes it will. It will output PAL when inserting a PAL disc and output NTSC when playing a region 2 Japanese disc. Do remember however that Japan runs on 100volts electricity and you will require a stepdown convertor.

    You are wrong however that the reason UK players can output NTSC because Japan is region 2 as well. All DVD players (if region free) can output PAL and NTSC, apart from maybe playstation 2's (US and Jap PS2's cannot play PAL discs even if region free, because PAL PS2's were expanded upon the NTSC version, compatibility was already there again).

    When DVD players were made, the PAL machines were just enhanced (or expanded upon)with firmware upgrades from the NTSC counterparts, therefore the NTSC compatibility was already there in the first place.

    Region 2 was likely shared by Europe and Japan because of the language barriers. Which the DVD forum probably felt was enough of a deterant to stop people buying foreign discs. This would have saved a region category to keep within single digits. (I believe it goes from 0-9 only).

    Hope this helps.
     
  3. shortround

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    ok, thanks for the info.
     

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