NTSC & PAL Formats

NTSC & PAL Discs

Generally, NTSC DVD player can only play NTSC DVD discs. But there are also DVD players that support multiple television systems, including PAL, NTSC and SECAM. 

Choose the right PAL DVD or NTSC DVD, if available from our product menu before place your order.

When you want to play foreign DVD's on your own DVD player, you generally need to overcome 2 technical obstacles:

1) DVD Region
These are basically barriers put in place by film distributors that allow them to control the release, release dates and contents of DVDs in various parts of the world. For instance region 1 is roughly the USA and Canada, while region 2 is most of Europe. Regions have nothing to do with the actual format and encoding of the DVD contents.

We produce our DVD's with a region zero (0) setting and are meant to play on all regions of the world.

You may have the option on your DVD player to make your multi-system DVD player region-free
1) Depending on your brand and model of DVD player, and assuming it’s already a m sequence brings you to a secret menu where you can change the region the player should allow. Mostly there will be an option to allow all regions. There are quite a number of cheaper brands where this method of region unlocking works .Multi-system player (plays both NTSC and PAL), you may be able to turn it into a region-free player. The easiest case is where you can simply enter a sequence of certain keys on the remote control that comes with your DVD player. Usually the key

2) Video Formatting
The movies that are stored on a DVD are encoded in a certain format. Most countries in the world use the PAL video system, whereas most of North and South America use NTSC. In its simplest form, NTSC DVD uses 29.97 frames per second and has a resolution of 720 x 480 pixels, while PAL DVD uses 25 frames per second and has a resolution of 720 x 576 pixels. These video standards have nothing to do with region codes.

As a general rule, when you buy a DVD player at your local electronics store, you can assume that it has been constructed to play DVDs with the video standard that is used in your country (for instance NTSC) and that it would accept only those DVDs that are either marked with the region code for your country (for instance 1), or those DVDs that are marked with region code 0 (“worldwide”) or ALL.

As it turns out, it seems that most DVD players sold in Europe are capable of playing both PAL and NTSC formats (multi-system), but only region 2 DVDs. So in those cases, all you need to do is to make your DVD player multi-region or region-free so that it can also play, say DVDs sold in the US (NTSC, region 1). However, in North America it seems somewhat the opposite where all players support NTSC, but only a few brands also support PAL. So in those cases, even if you were to make your DVD player multi-region or region-free, it still wouldn’t be able to play a DVD sold in Europe (region 2) because it’s in PAL format.

Disclaimer: responsibility for the use of any and all information contained in this article is strictly and solely that of the user. If you break anything, such as your DVD Player, because of the actions taken based on the information from this article, you are responsible for it.