The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.2160 Monday, 27 November 2000
Date: Thursday, 23 Nov 2000 08:56:22 -0000
Subject: Video Formats
I suppose if viewed from the Pacific it might appear that "Most other
countries ... have the NTSC system", but the reality is more
complicated. When colour television was introduced Japan and the US
chose the NTSC system (sometimes dubbed Never Twice the Same Color).
Technical improvements were desirable to suit broadcast conditions in
Europe, so Germany and Britain chose the PAL system, and France and the
Soviet Union chose SECAM. There were thus three systems for everyone
else to select. (I am mildly puzzled that Quebec doesn't use SECAM ...)
None of this would matter for DVD, of course, if it wasn't for the
infamous regional coding ...
Oh, and contrary to appearances, Connecticut isn't in the UK!