problem playing ntsc dvds


Active Member
here's my setup:
freeview box , scart to tv & scart to sony vcr
toshiba sd110e dvd connected to vcr via scart

now this looks wierd but it works ok most times. i can select dvd via the tv remote input select. BUT i just noticed that i can't play region 1 ntsc dvds this way. all i get is a blurry monochrome picture.

if i connect the dvd player direct to the tv scart, all is well.

aany ideas why the vcr will pass through a pal signal but not ntsc?


Staff member
Direct connection from DVD to TV is probably passing through RGB whereas the VCR isn't.

TV can handle PAL and RGB but not NTSC. You need to look for a setting in your DVD player for colour system - and select PAL rather than "Auto" if you can. Failing that, use the direct connection.


Active Member
thanks for your reply.

funny thing is if i set the dvd player to output video or s-video, the picture is still b/w. altering the pal/auto setting makes no difference.

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