UK Panny ES10 no good in Switzerland?

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  1. videomitch

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    Took a UK bought Panasonic ES10 DVD recorder to use in Switzerland but the TV channels ( supplied thru cable) are not stored properly-bad picture and lot of sound distortion. Can anybody tell me what I've done wrong, please.
     
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    You didn't check/think to ask before you bought. :rolleyes:
    Switzerland uses a different TV broadcasting standard from the UK.
     
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    The UK tuner will not work properly in Switzerland, but the AV inputs and outputs (e.g. the SCART connectors) should work normally.
     
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    Thanks, Jaycee. What system do they use and can it be made to work with a hack?
     
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    Thanks, Maldonian. AV etc did work, so at least I've got a DVD player!!!!
     
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    Switzerland uses PAL B whereas UK uses PAL I - the difference is in the audio carrier frequency.See here:-
    http://www.ee.surrey.ac.uk/Contrib/WorldTV/broadcast.html#country

    I don't know if your recorder RF tuner input can be altered in the menu setup.Have a look.
    Alternatively you may need to install a cable decoder box between the cable input and the Panny which could then be linked using AV connections which would bypass the RF problem.
     
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    Thanks, Pinatubo. RF tuner input can't be altered (I think!) Where would I buy a cable decoder? Don't want to be stupid twice!
     
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    Switzerland uses PAL-B (VHF) and PAL-G (UHF), the UK uses PAL-I (UHF). The principal difference between PAL-B/G and PAL-I is the sound to vision carrier spacing (PAL B/G: 5.5 MHz, PAL I: 6 MHz). TV tuners use this fixed spacing to receive the sound (a technique called inter-carrier sound). The sound circuit in a UK TV (or recorder) is tuned to a fixed frequency of 6 MHz. If you take a UK TV or recorder to a PAL-B/G country the sound circuit will be incorrectly tuned for the 5.5 MHz inter-carrier sound. Another difference in Switzerland is the extra sound carrier used to transmit stereo sound (the UK uses Nicam). I think the intercarrier spacing of the other carrier is 5.74 MHz.

    The tuning is probably achieved by a ceramic filter. Multistandard tuners have several filters and switch between them.
     

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