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TV Compatibility When Moving To France

Discussion in 'TVs' started by Timbo21, Jun 4, 2005.

  1. Timbo21

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    Hi,

    First time on this forum :) , and just a quich question.

    My mum is moving to France. Can she use a British CRT TV over there?
    I've heard they operate a different PAL system. Additionally she is going
    to probably get SKY over there.

    Also, if she has to get a French TV, can she use a British DVD player with it?

    Many thanks,

    Tim
     
  2. Chris Muriel

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    They have both a different PAL system and they also have SECAM.
    Some TVs are actually SECAM compatible even if not listed in the specifications (my 6 year old Philips 32" is actually specified for PAL/SECAM/NTSC).
    A SECAM transmission will give a monchrome picture on a PAL TV.
    Their PAL has the sound subcarrier at a different separation (5/5.5/6.0 MHz for PAL I/B/G).
    A/V inputs via SCART will still work though (including a $ky Digibox).

    So it is possible to buy a TV that will cope with all these standards/variations but I wouldn't expect the average salesman in one of our multiples to know this. A local independent dealer should know though.
    Also most (probably all) TVs sold in France are both SECAM **and** PAL compatible - even dirt cheap ones sold in the hypermarkets.

    Chris Muriel, Manchester
     
  3. Timbo21

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    Thanks Chris :) .
     
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    So will an English DVD player work OK on a French TV?
     
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    There are no "English" DVD's :lesson: I think you meant a DVD player from the UK!
     
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    Are you a teacher by any chance? What I would prefer is the answer to my
    question! :lesson:
     
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    Yes, assuming you are connecting via SCART, phono or s-video (not an RF/aerial socket connection).

    Chris Muriel, Manchester
     
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    Thanks for your help Chris.
     
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    Well, don't be so parochial :lesson:
     

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