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Re: All Region DVD Players
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0872  Thursday, 8 May 2003

[1]     From:   Edwin DeWindt <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 07 May 2003 11:23:09 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.0859 Re: All Region DVD Players

[2]     From:   Alfredo Michel Modenessi <
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        Date:   Thursday, 8 May 2003 01:29:19 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.0859 Re: All Region DVD Players

[3]     From:   Paeng Acuna <
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        Date:   Thursday, 8 May 2003 04:02:48 +0800
        Subj:   Re: All Region DVD Players


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From:           Edwin DeWindt <
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Date:           Wednesday, 07 May 2003 11:23:09 -0400
Subject: 14.0859 Re: All Region DVD Players
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0859 Re: All Region DVD Players

For the benefit of those members wishing to view European DVDs on an
American TV set, although it is true that there are two problems--the
Code and the broadcast standard (PAL vs NTSC), there ARE several
code-free DVD players available here in the United States that will also
automatically convert a PAL signal into NTSC, thereby permitting viewing
on an American TV set. Go to Google, search "code free DVD players", and
you will be presented with a plethora of dealers. Many of the players
are specifically listed as being able to switch between PAL and NTSC. I
just purchased one last week--a Sampo, and it works perfectly for all
the opera DVDs I purchase in London. The price was also right--$100.

Hope this helps.

Edwin DeWindt

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From:           Alfredo Michel Modenessi <
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Date:           Thursday, 8 May 2003 01:29:19 -0500
Subject: 14.0859 Re: All Region DVD Players
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0859 Re: All Region DVD Players

Richard Sherrington writes: "I believe there are two issues here: the
region code [...] and PAL vs NTSC.  Most European DVDs are in PAL format
while in North America they are NTSC. Unless your DVD player can also
handle PAL, just changing the region code won't give a satisfactory
result. They are two mutually incompatible television systems: 525/60
(NTSC) or 625/50 (PAL/SECAM). I have heard that most DVD drives sold in
Europe can do both, but most sold in North America can only play NTSC.
TVs are also usually either NTSC or PAL.  You would need a TV that can
also handle the PAL standard."

BUT

Haddon Judson writes: "The issue is with the DVD player...not the
monitor/TV."

AND YET

Richard Burt writes: " As far as I know, my TV's (one is quite old) do
not have PAL capacity.  But the VCR and DVD players I own can play PAL
videos and region 2 DVDs just fine."

AND

Candance Lines writes: "I'm pretty sure the issue is the DVD player, not
the TV itself. I have a "code-free" DVD player (bought off the internet)
which plays British DVDs perfectly well on my American television."

Well, talk about a technological mystery.

After reading all relevant postings, I borrowed a "multi-system" VCR
from a friend and plugged it into my NTSC TVs. One (relatively old) did
reproduce a couple of  PAL tapes--Nunn's RSC "Othello", straight
videotape, and Ferreri's "La grande bouffe", film transferred to tape.
However, resolution was extremely poor: somewhat jumpy and near black
and white--far, far from "just fine" or "perfectly well". The other
(brand new) didn't show a thing.  For the record, both tapes play very
well on my friend's PAL TV.

I wonder whether Burt's and Lines's TVs are somehow special, or if other
factors (cables and such) apply. But while it may be true that a
computer monitor will reproduce both signals equally well--as Judson and
others suggest--my experience (at least as far as playing PAL tapes on
NTSC TVs goes) is that the TV itself remains an issue, as Sherrington
points out. I still don't know whether my "code-blind" DVD player can
handle a region 2 DVD, for the simple reason that I haven't yet obtained
one for a test. My guess is, however, that although the player will be
able to read a region 2 (PAL) DVD, as Burt and Lines affirm, the quality
of reproduction on my American TVs will be just as bad.  "O time, thou
must untangle this" &c.

Alfredo Michel Modenessi.

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From:           Paeng Acuna <
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Date:           Thursday, 8 May 2003 04:02:48 +0800
Subject:        Re: All Region DVD Players

Look for players like Nextbase. These are very cheap (less than $80) and
can play any region or format. They also decode signals automatically
such that you can use the player with any TV set.

Paeng Acuna

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