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Do most American DVD players do PAL & NTSC now?

Old 03-02-05, 12:51 AM
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Do most American DVD players do PAL & NTSC now?

Somebody was telling me that most of the newer models of American DVD players will play PAL format as well as NTSC - is that true? I thought our hardware was strictly NTSC unless you go the specialty player route.
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Old 03-02-05, 01:53 AM
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I don't know that I would say MOST but definitely lots more than there used to be. Common would perhaps be a better term. Many players under $300, regardless of the brand, are built in China now and are distributed around the world under different model #s. Because of this more and more players are PAL/NTSC compatible and have region coding done by firmware instead of being hardwired into it.
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Old 03-04-05, 06:26 AM
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I have a Panasonic DVD-RP82 and a Panasonic DVD-S47 - are either of those by chance PAL compatible? Or how about my PS2?
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Old 03-04-05, 10:32 AM
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Most of the new Panasonics will output a PAL signal. Your S47 probably will output a PAL signal, but your RP82 probably won't output a PAL signal. However, they will not convert PAL to NTSC. I don't know about your PS2.
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Old 03-04-05, 11:59 AM
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When I bought my JVC RX-DV3 DVD/Surround system, I did not know it would play other regions until about 3 months later (read about it on the internet). So I popped in my R2 "The Scarlet Pimpernel" DVD, and it played just fine with no changes to my JVC player.
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Old 03-05-05, 01:06 AM
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Is there anyway I can find out for certain if my S47 will do PAL? I'm trying to decide about purchasing a region-free PAL DVD.
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Old 03-05-05, 02:24 AM
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According to this site the S47 doesn't convert PAL...they've been pretty reliable when i've looked up players...

http://www.videohelp.com/dvdplayers....arch&#comments
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Old 03-05-05, 11:25 AM
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Thanks. I guess I'll have to pass on the DVD for now, at least until I can afford another player.
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