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PAL & NTSC TV Related Questions

Have you recently moved and need to know how to convert from PAL to NTSC or vice versa? Is a converted TV not working? Usually connecting and setting up a TV is straightforward and simple. However, sometimes due to relocation and technological advancements, issues can crop up. When you are faced with problems, consult with an Expert for timely assistance. Read below where verified Experts have answered questions for TV owners. 

What is PAL and NTSC?

PAL is Phase Alternating Line and NTSC is National Television Standards Committee. Most countries in North and South America, Canada and Mexico follow NTSC whereas Europe, Australia and most parts of Asia follow the PAL system. The main distinction between the two is the rate at which broadcast is displayed on the TV screen.

How is NTSC coax converted to PAL coax?

Though there may not be a device to convert a NTSC to PAL coax, it is possible to convert to PAL HDMI, component, composite, and so on. These plug directly into the television. The main difference is that the converter needs to be tuned instead of the TV. With this option, the quality and functionality remains the same. Here the converters remote needs to be used to change channels rather than the TV’s.

How to make a Samsung TV from Holland work in the Caribbean?

In Netherlands, the signal is a European standard of PAL which is different from the U.S. based NTSC TV signal. To get the TV working, a PAL to NTSC converter box is required. The cable signal should connect to the converter box and output of the converter connects to the TV through an AV cable such as video, component or HDMI.

Is a PAL setting a hindrance for broadcast in HD?

PAL and NTSC are analog signals, therefore, they can be obstacles for standard definition programming. Moreover, a majority of the current broadcasting is now digital and HD, available through HDMI. The HDMI standard, however, is backwardly compatible with PAL and NTSC. This implies that a U.S. TV can display a PAL picture, provided the satellite/cable box is working properly and transmitting the signal correctly. However, there may be a few odd cable channels which continue to remain SD. There is no affordable converter available which can read PAL standard.

Will a Toshiba TV from Canada work in New Zealand?

The TV color system from Canada is NTSC; whereas, New Zealand has PAL (B/G) color system. Due to this difference, the TV will not be able to display picture. It will most probably provide a signal format or a similar type of error. It also may not be possible to obtain local transmission. PAL to NTSC converters can be more expensive than a new TV and require to be connected to every NZ equipment the TV is connected to. A step down transformer is needed to resolve the AC volt difference however channel signal transmissions and other video devices/discs will continue to remain in PAL system. The DVD player can be setup in the NTSC system. Keeping all this in mind, a new TV from the NZ market as per standard may be more suitable than a TV from Canada.

Why is a U.S. Samsung color TV, being used in Middle East, give a black and white picture?

Case Details: The TV was connected to a satellite receiver purchased in the Middle East.

The main issue here is that U.S. TVs operate on NTSC color standard; whereas, Middle East runs on PAL color standard. The reason for a black and white picture is that the Samsung TV connected has one NTSC color system internally which is not compatible to the PAL satellite receiver. To resolve this, a PAL to NTSC converter should be used between the TV and the satellite receiver.

What is preventing a European Play Station 2 (PS2) from working on the multisystem Sony Bravia from the U.S?

The television may not be a multisystem set and is essentially NTSC standard. If this is the case, it will result in a basic PAL and NTSC conflict since the Play Station is a PAL setup. To make it work, a PAL to NTSC converter is required. However, a good quality converter can cost more than opting for a used NTSC PS2. Cheap converters do not provide clarity.

As seen above, the PAL and NTSC conflict is evident especially when you relocate from one region to another. However, these issues can be resolved with a converter or in some cases, a more economical option, is to purchase a new TV. Each case can vary depending on the equipment and options. To know more about particular PAL or NTSC problems you are facing, ask Experts. These verified Experts can save you time, money and effort. 

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