Originally Posted by PhantomStranger
Typically Panasonic and Sony have blocked 50 Hz video on their American models. Most Samsung and LG models play all video content. I know Sony does it to prevent exportation of American models to foreign markets where the same item is often priced higher.
With all due respect, perhaps you mis-spoke and meant to say Samsung rather than Sony? Like Alan, it has been my personal experience (through my own real-world testing, as well as the reports of others on A/V forums) that most (if not all) Sony LCD sets are
compatible with 50hz content through HDMI and Component connections (though not
through composite), while Samsung
is generally 100% in-compatible
inputs, just like Panasonic.
I've certainly never encountered (or heard of) any evidence of a 50hz compatible Samsung TV in the US retail market before this thread appeared, only grey-market imports.
I wonder if rather than a policy shift, this might just be a case where Samsung didn't OEM this particular model, but re-badged someone else's TV, and either forgot (or didn't bother) to restrict 50hz signals?
For what it's worth, Sharp is the only one of the "name brands" (i.e. not cheap companies like Vizio) that I've encountered which are 50hz compatible on the composite connections. A real boon to those of us out there with multi-system VCRs.