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Re: PAL Format and DVD Regions
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0990  Tuesday, 1 May 2001

[1]     From:   Gabriel Egan <
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        Date:   Monday, 30 Apr 2001 16:18:17 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.0971 Re: PAL Format

[2]     From:   Paul Maddox <
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        Date:   Monday, 30 Apr 2001 17:06:43 +0100 (BST)
        Subj:   DVD Regions


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From:           Gabriel Egan <
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Date:           Monday, 30 Apr 2001 16:18:17 +0100
Subject: 12.0971 Re: PAL Format
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0971 Re: PAL Format

Sam Small writes:

>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.

I bought two of the very cheapest video players in Argos Stores last
Friday (69.95 pounds each) and they say PAL and NTSC on the box. I used
them in our Hamlet on Screen conference on Saturday, during which a
number of speakers played tapes they assured me were NTSC and others
which were certainly PAL--the self-switching was automatic. Sam, it's
only the older players that don't do this.

>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.

Expensive brand name DVD players recognize the regional coding.
Non-branded Taiwanese imported players are better because they either
ignore it by default or can be made to ignore it more easily.

Gabriel Egan

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From:           Paul Maddox <
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Date:           Monday, 30 Apr 2001 17:06:43 +0100 (BST)
Subject:        DVD Regions

>for example, and add "region" and "hack" to the search field.  Don't
>worry, you're not breaking any laws.

However you are voiding warranty.

Paul.

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