I thought I knew about this but am now very confused. I have searched the forums which has raised more questions. I am trying to buy a Dvd Recorder that works in both UK and France but at first will predominantly be in France. Philips on the website say theirs are 'compatible' with Secam but their helpline say that they record in Pal but wont record Secam broadcasts. I have read on here that in fact they will convert the secam signal into Pal and then record it. Now, as Dvds in France are Pal from what I can see (I have bought them over there and they play on my home equipment), this must be the case for most European machines isnt it ? Or am I missing something ? Please help as I am really confused.