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About region 1 DVDs.

Alecto
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Registered: 30-07-2007

About region 1 DVDs.

I haven't yet got a DVD player for my TV, but intend to get one.
I was going to get a multiregion one to allow me to play disks from the US as well as Britain.

Looking on Amazon at region 1 disks, it says:

Region 1 discs are intended for use with standard DVD players in North America (Canada and the USA). In most instances they can also be played on compatible "multi-region" DVD players (also known as "chipped" or "region-free" players).

They also require an NTSC-compatible television. NTSC is the standard picture format in North America, and differs from the PAL format adopted in Britain and Europe. Region 1 DVDs are usually presented in NTSC format, so you should ensure that your TV is capable of reading the NTSC signal before purchasing Region 1 DVDs.


My TV is not new and its handbook says it's PAL and doesn't mention NTSC, so does this mean that I can't actually play a region 1 NSTC disk, or does the DVD player take care of all that?
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About region 1 DVDs.

Hi Geoff,

Generally if your TV cant handle NTSC then the R1 discs wont be any use. You may be able to watch them, but in Black and White only.

Some DVD players may be able to convert NTSC to PAL, but they are not common and you can buy external convertors to provide this function, but that may be a lot of hassle.

Basically, short of buying a new TV, you are snookered.
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About region 1 DVDs.

does your tv have a scart socket geoff?

if it does then i think so long as you buy a multi region dvd player, it should play imported dvd's, i maybe wrong so i'd wait for further confirmation of this before spending any money! Wink
Alecto
Grafter
Posts: 2,886
Registered: 30-07-2007

About region 1 DVDs.

Yes it has a scart socket.
So that's one No and one Maybe? Wink
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About region 1 DVDs.

Not if his TV can only handle PAL. Somthing will need to convert the signal from NTSC first.

If his DVD player can do this, then well and good.

Might be worth borrowing a R1 disc, if you can to test.
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About region 1 DVDs.

Geoff,

Have a look at this site and especially the forums.

If you pose the same question there, you will get a definative answer.

Excellent site with some great tips and hardware reviews.

If you cant find the answer there then somthing is wrong. Smiley

Let me know how it goes.
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About region 1 DVDs.

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It is highly likely that your set will be compatible if it has a S-Video imput.


think i got it wrong, your tv is more likely to be ntsc compatible if it has a
s-video input, not scart.(s-video is a little round one with 4 or 7 holes)
Alecto
Grafter
Posts: 2,886
Registered: 30-07-2007

About region 1 DVDs.

Yes, it has s-video too.
I've asked on the forum Mark indicated and will see what they say.
Alecto
Grafter
Posts: 2,886
Registered: 30-07-2007

About region 1 DVDs.

Thanks for the help Mark, and congratulations.

The best I got from your site is "don't hold me to this but" from a guy with a 15 year old Sony TV who says it works for him without any problems.

So it looks as though I need to try it. There's a new TV on the horizon anyway, so if region 1 does NOT work, then that could be getting a lot closer. Tongue
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About region 1 DVDs.

Marvelous response Geoff. I had hoped that some of the regs would pick up on that, but obviously not. :roll:

New TV sounds like the way forward.

Thanks a lot for the congrats. Smiley
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About region 1 DVDs.

hiya just a little note b4 you buy a DVD player
make sure you get one one thats remote control
hackerble to make it multi region as some are
hardware locked and you have to mess with the chips

you can get them unlocked from some places now anyways

got caught out myself with this bought a philips one got it
home then looked on net for hack got it fine, two years later
it went up in smoke old age!!!

thought ok buy new one got jvc took it home and guess wot
not remote hackerble Sad

just remove region coding on discs now with pc until the jvc packs in

http://www.dvd.reviewer.co.uk/info/multiregion/hackable.asp

sorry for the long link but dont know how to do it the fancy way!

is a link to help you but there are many sites out there

hope this little snippet helps out if not just ignore me
anyway takecare peeps

Rob Cool
Alecto
Grafter
Posts: 2,886
Registered: 30-07-2007

About region 1 DVDs.

Thanks for the warning Rob.
That's a very useful link you've given.
The one I'm getting is down as "No problems". Wink
Alecto
Grafter
Posts: 2,886
Registered: 30-07-2007

About region 1 DVDs.

Righto, for those who tried to help, here is the definitive answer after getting the DVD player and trying a region 1 disk.

The old TV can NOT handle NTSC, and plays NTSC input in monochrome.

BUT my £24.99 DVD player from Amazon lets you select to output the signal to the TV either in PAL or NTSC, regardless of the disk.

So in its default setting of PAL, it actually plays the disk OK in glorious technicolour, and only goes to monochrome if I tell it to output an NTSC signal instead.

So I don't need a new TV. Cry
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About region 1 DVDs.

Excellent Geoff. Good to know. And all for £24.99. Excellent. Smiley