Playing R1 DVDs

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  1. Greyhound

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    Hi,

    When playing R1 DVDs are there anything else required apart from a chipped DVD player? For example, must the TV and DVD player be able to handle NTSC signals? (I saw a Pioneer DVD player that had PAL and NTSC stamped on its front - I'm not quite sure why it had this as I thought DVDs didn't care about PAL and NTSC)

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    Firstly the TV must be NTSC 4.43 compatible (3.58 will only give you a B/W picture). Then the player should also be able to either output pure NTSC, which is favourable. Or PAL 60.

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  3. Greyhound

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    Thanks guys. I'm going to buy a new TV (Panasonic PK1 or PK20 - havn't decided yet). According to the info, it says it has NTSC playback, is it likely to be 4.43 compatible (being a new TV).

    What is PAL60? Is this 'normal' PAL or is it a feature that only certain TVs have.

    Is the output signal from a DVD player selectable or is it fixed? I was going to get a Tosh 100E until this RCE thing came along.

    (and I thought it was going to be simple!!)
     
  4. Reiner

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    Most if not all european player will handle PAL and NTSC but the compability issue depends on what signal the player will output:

    1. Pure NTSC - requires TV with NTSC capabilities

    2. PAL60 (PseudoPAL) requires a TV with PAL60

    3. PAL (PAL50) - converted from NTSC and will work fine with normal PAL TVs

    Only a very few players can do #3., e.g. Samsung.

    Actually you may not need to worry if the player has a RGB output (via SCART) and the TV a RGB capable SCART input - this will give you NTSC in color, too.
     
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    Most players video outputs are fixed though some do allow to switch between PAL or NTSC, depends very much on make and model.

    PAL60 is a converted signal maintaining the NTSC frequency (ie. 60Hz), most modern TV sets should be able to understand it.
    Guess it's the easiest (aka cheapest) way to convert NTSC to something PAL-like ...
     
  6. Greyhound

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    Thanks for that. Spoke to the people in the shop and my new setup should cope.
     

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