View Full Version : Can't play U.S. DVD in Europe -Europe DVD in U.S.!

02-07-2005, 02:17 AM
For those buying/selling pool videos...

I've recently learned that DVD's and video tapes made in the U.S. are what is called NTSC standard.

And that European DVD's and video tapes are what is called PAL standard.

I.e. You can't play a European DVD/VCR tape on a U.S. player and TV and you can't play a U.S. DVD/VCR tape on a European player and TV.

FYI-Multi-regional DVD player info...

Multi-regional VCR info...

International TV Standards...
(Which country uses which - NTSC, PAL, SECAM.)

02-07-2005, 04:40 AM
I went through that last year. Some of the players can play both. And some dvd players can be modified so they can play both. There are certain "hacks" available that can be applied to some players that changes their characteristics. http://www.videohelp.com/dvdhacks.php?dvdplayer=toshiba+sd+4900&Search=Sear ch

I find that most of the European dvds I get will play on my Toshiba sd 4900. The dvds I make over here and send to guys in Finland, Germany, Greece, Singapore all work. Dennis

02-07-2005, 07:29 AM
There are two different circumstances at play concerning Europe and N.A. DVD's: video standard and region encoding.

The video standard is NTSC in N.A. and PAL in Europe. PAL is a slightly higher resolution with a slower refresh (50Hz) than NTSC. You can find TV's, players, and VCR's that can play both. Keep in mind you'll need a TV that is PAL capable as well, because even if your DVD player can playback PAL your TV has to know how to show it (unless there are players that convert the output on the fly, but I'm not aware of any). This is the primary stumbling block to playing European video in N.A. and vice-versa.

Region encoding is part of the DVD standard and is a tactic used to reduce international piracy and to control imports of cheap Asian DVD's which may be legitimate over there but would put American DVD production out of business. The world is split up into several regions, and DVD players sold in those regions only play DVD's sold in that region. Now, this is the easiest to get around, because you can buy region-free DVD players that will play any region, and you can firmware hack some players that aren't sold as region free. You can also use special software to playback region free DVD's on your PC. Most all DVD-ROM and DVD players allow the consumer to change regions on their player for a few times -- for example if you move out of country and want to take your DVD player with you, you can reset its region code. However once the limit on region changing is hit (it's usually 4 or 5 times) then the player is locked and cannot be changed again.

02-07-2005, 08:22 AM
I am from Europe,and i have a DVD player on which i can watch American and European DVD,s.I bought it with that purpose.The important thing is that the DVD player supports both regions NTSC-PAL.


02-07-2005, 08:50 AM
It has always been that way. Most people in Europe have players that will play both or two players.