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# 29279 1-Jan-2009 02:22
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Hello,  I'm wondering if anyone knows any info about this.  I've been googling for a while but didn't get clear enough answer so far.

I'm currently comtemplating about getting Samsung T260HD from Korea.  It allows me to connect up a component cable device and I would like to plug in a dvd player into it.  However I would like to get the dvd player from New Zealand.

Now the problem I'm facing is that T260HD is NTSC... or at least in build TV tuner is NTSC (hence can't use in NZ).  What I would like to find out is if I can set the NZ bought DVD player to only output NTSC, even if it is reading a PAL DVD.

I would really appreciate any help.

Oh and Happy New Year everyone.

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  # 186890 1-Jan-2009 08:46
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I can't see how importing a television could possibly be a worthwhile exercise, unless you know someone who is shipping a container over here.

You have to consider various things, including regional variations of products. The T260HD appears to be available in the US with an ATSC tuner, so don't expect any online information to be correct for the Korean version. You will need to make enquiries with Korean resellers.

Good DVD players will convert PAL to NTSC, or NTSC to PAL, but they cannot convert framerate. The television must therefore support PAL60 via the AV inputs. PAL60 is NTSC frame rate and resolution, with PAL colour coding.

PAL60 is used in places around the world (apparently). As far as I know, NTSC at PAL framerates and resolutions is used nowhere. If the TV is NTSC only, even via AV, I would suggest you look for other options, as it is unlikely to be supported.

Most televisions should support variants of PAL and NTSC fine, but models made for NTSC markets could very well not support PAL at all. Unlike PAL DVD players, which are required to support NTSC, NTSC DVD players are not required to support PAL. There is therefore not the same need for this support in televisions.

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  # 186956 2-Jan-2009 01:19
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My old crap player will output ntsc 60Hz on a PAL dvd if I set it to it, and the samsung I have inside will do it and has no auto option which is even more annoying - in both cases there is some degridation in the motion but its still quite acceptable compared to some of the crap conversions that you see done on commercially made dvds (all IMO that is)

Almost every flatscreen I have seen that does HD does PAL, not all will do the 50Hz HD modes tho, so thats something to look out for.


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