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Old 07-24-14, 11:17 PM   #1
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US market Samsung UN39FH5000F TV can display 50Hz

Discovered this quite by chance once I connected a Philips upscaling region-free DVD player to the TV and put a PAL DVD in it. It output the disc at 1080i50 and the TV displayed it no problem. It's also capable of 576p and 1080p50.

Because of this discovery, I picked up a code-free and region-free Pioneer Blu-ray Disc player on eBay ;-)

I hope this is of use to some people here, as this is one of the top-selling TVs on the US market.
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Old 07-24-14, 11:37 PM   #2
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Re: US market Samsung UN39FH5000F TV can display 50Hz

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.
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Old 07-29-14, 04:27 AM   #3
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Re: US market Samsung UN39FH5000F TV can display 50Hz

My parents have a Samsung (2009 model) and it cannot display any PAL content. I gave them my spare Toshiba HD-A20 HD-DVD player with region-free firmware which makes it output PAL as the default, and thus they get no picture signal from it until they play an HD or NTSC disc in it. That was why I didn't consider a Samsung when I got my current TV (a Sharp) but good to know their new models are supporting it.

I thought that US Sony TVs were PAL-compatible, I did consider getting one of theirs but decided against it, mainly because Sony has done many things that have angered me, their equipment in general is unreliable and I got a bigger Sharp TV for less than what I would've paid for a smaller Sony. (Not entirely happy with the Sharp either, mainly because of 3D crosstalk and an undefeatable 'feature' that dims the backlight when the picture goes black or close to it. My next TV will probably be another brand because of that.)

Will probably be a long time before I get another TV but I'd likely just bring in my Oppo player to the store with a PAL disc and make sure it works on whatever one I'm thinking of buying before making the purchase, unless I found a definitive answer beforehand.
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