Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by TheBigApple, Jan 30, 2003.
Does anyone know why hardware manufacturers are producing equipment that only does NTSC prog scan.
Because its the biggest market, and adding PAL adds complexity cost and lead time in getting a product out. Its one of the reasons most of my stuff is NTSC.
It is because PAL progressive needs clearance from the DVD Copy Control Association (DVDCCA), and it is taking some time.
ASAIK the only "officially approved" PAL progressive DVD players (so far) are the Arcam DV88+ and the latest model Arcam FMJ DV27.
Adding PAL progressive, is not difficult; and on many player can be enabled by remote control / hidden menus etc, it's just not advertised because it's not approved and the manufacturers don't want to get in trouble.
Since pal progressive was only "authorised" a few months ago, it will take the major manufacturers a little while to gear up for products. A rep from Pioneer told me (in Sept) that we would most likely see pal progressive capability on their dvd players in the spring of 2003. However, since some other features (like dvd-audio/SACD capability and Firewire connectivity) are more important due to the relative lack of display devices which can handle a progressive signal, it might even be the 2003 Chrismas season which sees a push on Pal progressive.
Surely only DVD players need approval? TV's shouldn't.
It's not a matter of approval for tv's. The vast majority of tv's in the UK are unable to handle a progressive picture (pal or ntsc) because they are not designed for it.
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