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Re: PAL Format
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0971  Monday, 30 April 2001

[1]     From:   Sam Small <
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        Date:   Friday, 27 Apr 2001 14:49:19 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.0944 Re: PAL Format

[2]     From:   William Kemp <
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        Date:   Sunday, 29 Apr 2001 10:38:16 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.0962 Re: PAL Format


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From:           Sam Small <
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Date:           Friday, 27 Apr 2001 14:49:19 +0100
Subject: 12.0944 Re: PAL Format
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0944 Re: PAL Format

All UK video players do not play NTSC tapes - they only play the PAL
standard.  In answer to Andy White - what you have to do is to buy a
dual standard video player/recorder and you'll be fine.  That's what we
have to do here in the UK to play NTSC.

As an adjunct to this old problem, I recently grappled with a DVD player
here in London because a friend of mine had brought over some films she
purchased in America.  American DVDs are coded with "region 1" - the
same DVDs are coded "region 2" if bought in the UK.  In other words the
DVD won't play on the wrong machine.  However, most new DVD players can
be "hacked" to play "region 0 (zero)) which means they will play any DVD
from all 6 regions.  There are many websites with the information you
require.  Try entering the model number of your DVD player in Copernic,
for example, and add "region" and "hack" to the search field.  Don't
worry, you're not breaking any laws.

SAM SMALL

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From:           William Kemp <
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Date:           Sunday, 29 Apr 2001 10:38:16 -0400
Subject: 12.0962 Re: PAL Format
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0962 Re: PAL Format

Several manufacturers sell VCRs in North America that convert PAL
signals to NTSC; our MFL department uses them regularly. The
institutional cost is about $400 (vs. c. $200 for an NTSC VCR). The
units typically read the PAL signal from the tape then convert it for
display on an NTSC monitor. The ones we buy are actually dual-format;
they also play NTSC tapes. Searching on the Internet yields good
results; I found a vendor in about three minutes.

Bill Kemp

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