TV Color Systems and DVD Regions
Page last updated February 2004
Living in the US but having a major residence in Europe can
be rather difficult sometimes. Among others, especially
watching TV and DVDs. So I'm confronted with two different
TV color systems, PAL in Germany and NTSC in the US. DVDs
bought in the US will not necessarily play in Germany, not
only due to the different color systems, also because of the
different region codings at the DVD.
To play such NTSC DVDs bought in the US on a PAL TV set in
Germany a multisystem, multiregion, codefree zone free
DVD player is recommended similar to some of those listed
At the same place are also Video converters (between PAL, NTSC,
and SECAM) available and phones which work across borders.
One much more expensive brand would be the excellent
multisystem multiregion DVD player from
maybe together with that 1000 Watt receiver.
|| There are three major TV color systems, NTSC, PAL, and SECAM.
From those, PAL and SECAM each have 4 different subsystems.
|| There are six different DVD regions:
- Region 1 - USA and Canada
- Region 2 - Europe, Japan, the Middle East, North Africa, Egypt, and South Africa
- Region 3 - Taiwan, The Philippines, Korea, Indonesia, Hong Kong
- Region 4 - Mexico, Central America, South America, Australia,
New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, and the Caribbean
- Region 5 - Russia, Eastern Europe, India, North Korea,
and East and West Africa
- Region 6 - China.
The problem does not occur when using MS Media Player on a computer.
So connecting a computer to the TV set instead of a usual DVD player
will also work properly - maybe harder without the remote control.
Ofcourse, there is also software which can be used to read a DVD
with any region code or color system and to burn a new DVD with
any other coding. However, due to legal constraints, this subject
cannot be explained here in more detail.
Antenna Based HDTV Setup
If you want to spend less money, there is also a $ 199
version of HDTV by
who states that the Terk HD TV 1 antenna is obviously a better
choice for big cities like New York. It has paid off for me to
google Gary Krakow from time to time for some of his excellent
- The most important and also the most expensive part
was the HDTV-ready LCD display I bought from
which was made by Samsung, however. If I would have had
enough money I would have shopped for a Sharp Aquos
- Since the DELL LCD screen had no builtin HDTV tuner I
searched the internet for the best price on the
HDTV Receiver and HI-Format DVD Player
LG LST 3510a
(I saved about $ 150 compared to the store price.)
- The third and very important part is a good HDTV antenna.
I decided for the more expensive
Terk TV 55
antenna, which can be used in and outdoors. Many of my
friends like the much cheaper indoor antenna
Zenith Silver Sensor
even more. The Terk HDTV1 antenna is very fancy but does
obviously not work very well in my rural region.
- Before making such an investment I made sure that I would
have enough TV channels in my neighbourhood. This can
easily be done with the
website. After the input of your precise street adress (no
worry, your data are save there) you will obtain a list of
available stations together with their distances
and compass orientation ordered in colored groups. Starting
with the best channels in yellow, my TV 55 is also able
to receive stations in the green and light green area.
The list shows also channels in the red, blue, and purple
areas which are out-of-range for me.