A Definitive Guide To Video Formats (NTSC, PAL, SECAM)

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A Definative Guide To Video Formats

Video Formats by Country


The video format code identifies a video's compatibility with the players typically sold in a particular region. The majority of all current titles play only in one specific region unless otherwise noted. Videos sold by Worldwide Entertainment are PAL format. PAL format videos may not work on video players in other countries. ALL videos sold by Worldwide Entertainment are Original UK PAL Format. We do not sell copies or cheap imports. PAL format videos are intended for use with standard PAL video players in the UK. In most instances they can also be played on compatible "multi-format" video players (also known as "chipped" or "region-free" players). They also require an PAL-compatible television. PAL is the standard picture format in the UK, and differs from the NTSC format adopted in the USA or the SECAM format adopted in France. PAL format videos are usually presented in PAL format, so you should ensure that your TV is capable of reading the PAL signal before purchasing PAL format videos.

VHS Formats Country List
PAL

Phase Alternating Line (Patented in 1963 and the first commercial application of the PAL system was in August 1967) - Different types use different video bandwidth and audio carrier specs. Common types are B, G and H; less common types include D, I, K, N and M.

SECAM

Système Électronique pour Couleur avec Mémoire (Developed in France. First used in 1967) - Different types use different video bandwidth and audio carrier specs. Types B and D usually used for VHF; types G, H, and K for UHF; types I, N, M, K1 and L for both VHF/UHF.

NTSC

National Television Standards Committee (In Use in the USA since 1954) - Only one type exists, known as NTSC M.


VHS Formats Country List Breakdown

PAL

AFGHANISTAN (Also SECAM), ALBANIA, ALGERIA, ANGOLA, ARGENTINA, AUSTRALIA, AUSTRIA, AZORES, BAHRAIN, BANGLADESH, BELGIUM, BOSNIA / HERZEGOVINA, BOTSWANA (Also SECAM), BRAZIL, BRUNEI DARUSSALAM, BULGARIA, CAMBODIA (Also NTSC), CAMEROON, CANARY ISLANDS, CHINA (PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC) , COOK ISLANDS, CROATIA, CYPRUS, CZECH REPUBLIC, DENMARK, EAST TIMOR, EASTER ISLAND, EGYPT (Also SECAM), ESTONIA, ETHIOPIA, FALKLAND ISLANDS (LAS MALVINAS), FINLAND, GAMBIA, GERMANY, GHANA, GIBRALTAR, GREECE, GREENLAND, GUINEA, HONG KONG, HUNGARY, ICELAND, INDIA, INDONESIA, IRAN, IRAQ, IRELAND, REPUBLIC OF, ISLE OF MAN, ISRAEL, ITALY, JORDAN, KENYA, KOREA (NORTH) (Also SECAM), KUWAIT, LAOS, LATVIA (Also SECAM), LEBANON, LESOTHO, LIBERIA, LIBYA, LIECHTENSTEIN, LITHUANIA (Also SECAM), LUXEMBOURG (Also SECAM), MACAU, MACEDONIA, MADEIRA, MALAYSIA, MALDIVES, MALTA, MONACO (Also SECAM), MOZAMBIQUE, NAMIBIA, NEPAL, NETHERLANDS, NEW ZEALAND, NIGERIA, NORFOLK ISLAND, NORWAY, OMAN, PAKISTAN, PALAU, PAPUA NEW GUINEA, PARAGUAY, POLAND, PORTUGAL, QATAR, ROMANIA, SAO TOMÉ E PRINCIPE, SAUDI ARABIA (Also SECAM), SEYCHELLES, SIERRA LEONE, SINGAPORE, SLOVAKIA, SLOVENIA, SOMALIA, SOUTH AFRICA, SPAIN, SRI LANKA, SUDAN, SWAZILAND, SWEDEN, SWITZERLAND, SYRIA (Also SECAM), TANZANIA, THAILAND, TURKEY, UGANDA, URUGUAY, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, UNITED KINGDOM, YEMEN (Also NTSC), YUGOSLAVIA, ZAMBIA, ZIMBABWE

SECAM

AFGHANISTAN (Also PAL), ARMENIA, AZERBAIJAN, BELARUS, BENIN, BOTSWANA (Also PAL), BURKINA FASO, BURUNDI, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC, CHAD, CONGO (PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC), CONGO DEM. REPUBLIC (ZAIRE), COTE D'IVOIRE (IVORY COAST), DJIBOUTI, EGYPT (Also PAL), EQUITORIAL GUINEA, FRANCE, FRANCE (FRENCH FORCES TV), GABON, GEORGIA, GUADELOUPE, GUIANA (FRENCH), HAITI, KAZAKHSTAN, KOREA (NORTH) (Also PAL), KYRGYZ REPUBLIC, LATVIA (Also PAL), LITHUANIA (Also PAL), LUXEMBOURG (Also PAL), MADAGASCAR, MALI, MARTINIQUE, MAURITANIA, MAURITIUS, MAYOTTE, MOLDOVA (MOLDAVIA), MONACO (Also PAL), MONGOLIA, MOROCCO, NEW CALEDONIA, NIGER, POLYNESIA (FRENCH), REUNION, RUSSIA, ST. PIERRE ET MIQUELON, SAUDI ARABIA (Also PAL), SENEGAL, SYRIA (Also PAL), TAHITI, TAJIKISTAN, TOGO, TUNISIA, TURKMENISTAN, UKRAINE, UZBEKISTAN, VIETNAM (Also NTSC), WALLIS & FUTUNA

NTSC

ANTARCTICA, ANTIGUA & BARBUDA, ARUBA, BAHAMAS, BARBADOS, BELGIUM (ARMED FORCES), BELIZE, BERMUDA, BOLIVIA, BRITISH INDIAN OCEAN TERRITORY (AF DIEGO GARCIA TV - AFRTS), CAMBODIA (Also PAL), CANADA, CHILE, COLOMBIA, COSTA RICA, CUBA, DIEGO GARCIA, DOMINICA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, ECUADOR, EL SALVADOR, FIJI, GALAPAGOS ISLANDS, GERMANY (ARMED FORCES TV), GRENADA, GUAM, GUATEMALA, GUYANA, HONDURAS, JAMAICA, JAPAN, JOHNSTONE ISLAND, KOREA (SOUTH), MARSHALL ISLANDS, MEXICO, MICRONESIA, MIDWAY ISLAND, MONTSERRAT, MYANMAR (BURMA), NETHERLANDS (ARMED FORCES), NETHERLANDS ANTILLES, NICARAGUA, NORTH MARIANA ISLANDS, PANAMA, PERU, PHILIPPINES, PUERTO RICO, ST. KITTS & NEVIS, ST. LUCIA, ST. VINCENT, SAMOA (AMERICAN), SAMOA, SURINAME, TAIWAN, TRINIDAD & TOBAGO, TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS, UNITED STATES, VENEZUELA, VIETNAM (Also SECAM), VIRGIN ISLANDS (US & BRITISH), YEMEN (Also PAL)

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