PAL or NTSC format for DVDs

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PAL is optimised for TVs in Europe, Thailand, Russia, Australia, Singapore, China, the Middle East etc..

NTSC is optimised for TVs in the USA, Canada, Japan, S. Korea, Mexico etc..

The vast majority of DVD players (not TVs) in the world will play both PAL and NTSC DVDs. In general modern TVs in PAL countries are "multi-system" and will correctly play both PAL and NTSC DVDs, however TVs in NTSC countries will generally only play NTSC DVDs and will not correctly display PAL DVDs.

Both formats play correctly on computers worldwide in software such as WinDVD or PowerDVD.

A full list of which format you should receive is shown below:

ABU DHABI-----PAL

AFGHANISTAN-----PAL

AJMAN-----PAL

ALBANIA-----PAL

ALGERIA-----PAL

ANDORRA-----PAL

ANTIGUA-----NTSC

ANTILLES, NETHERLANDS-----NTSC

ARGENTINA-----PAL

ARUBA-----NTSC

AUSTRALIA-----PAL

AUSTRIA-----PAL

AZORES-----PAL

BAHAMAS-----NTSC

BAHRAIN-----PAL

BANGLADESH-----PAL

BARBADOS-----NTSC

BELAU-----NTSC

BELGIUM-----PAL

BELIZE-----NTSC

BENIN-----PAL

BERMUDA-----NTSC

BOLIVIA-----NTSC

BOPHUTHATSWANA-----PAL

BOTSWANA-----PAL

BRAZIL-----NTSC

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS-----NTSC

BRUNEI-----PAL

BULGARIA-----PAL

BURKINA FASO-----PAL

BURMA (MYANMAR)-----NTSC

BURUNDI-----PAL

CAMBODIA-----NTSC

CAMEROON-----PAL

CANADA-----NTSC

CANARY ISLANDS-----PAL

CAYMAN ISLANDS-----NTSC

CENTRAL AFRICAN REP.-----PAL

CHAD-----PAL

CHANNEL ISLANDS-----PAL

CHILE-----NTSC

CHINA-----PAL

CISKEI-----PAL

COLOMBIA-----NTSC

CONGO-----PAL

COSTA RICA-----NTSC

CUBA-----NTSC

CURAÇAO-----NTSC

CYPRUS-----PAL

CZECH REPUBLIC-----PAL

DENMARK-----PAL

DIEGO GARCIA-----NTSC

DJIBOUTI-----PAL

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC-----NTSC

DUBAI-----PAL

ECUADOR-----NTSC

EGYPT-----PAL

EL SALVADOR-----NTSC

EQUATORIAL GUINEA-----PAL

ETHIOPIA-----PAL

FALKLAND ISLANDS-----PAL

FAROE ISLANDS-----PAL

FIJI-----NTSC

FINLAND-----PAL

FRANCE-----PAL

FRENCH POLYNESIA-----PAL

FUJAIRAH-----PAL

GABON-----PAL

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS-----NTSC

GERMANY-----PAL

GHANA-----PAL

GIBRALTAR-----PAL

GRANADA-----NTSC

GREECE-----PAL

GREENLAND-----PAL

GREENLAND (US FORCES)-----NTSC

GUADELOUPE-----PAL

GUAM-----NTSC

GUATEMALA-----NTSC

GUINEA REPUBLIC-----PAL

GUYANA (FRENCH)-----PAL

GUYANA REPUBLIC-----NTSC

HAITI-----PAL

HONDURAS-----NTSC

HONG KONG-----PAL

HUNGARY-----PAL

ICELAND-----PAL

INDIA-----PAL

INDONESIA-----PAL

IRAN-----PAL

IRAQ-----PAL

IRELAND-----PAL

ISRAEL-----PAL

ITALY-----PAL

IVORY COAST-----PAL

JAMAICA-----NTSC

JAPAN-----NTSC

JIBUTI-----PAL

JOHNSTON ATOLL ISLAND-----NTSC

JORDAN-----PAL

KENYA-----PAL

KOREA, NORTH-----PAL

KOREA, SOUTH-----NTSC

KUWAIT-----PAL

LAOS-----PAL

LEBANON-----PAL

LEEWARD ISLANDS-----NTSC

LESOTHO-----PAL

LIBERIA-----PAL

LIBYA-----PAL

LIECHTENSTEIN-----PAL

LUXEMBOURG-----PAL

MACAU-----PAL

MADAGASCAR-----PAL

MADEIRA-----PAL

MALAYSIA-----PAL

MALDIVES-----PAL

MALI-----PAL

MALTA-----PAL

MARIANA ISLANDS-----NTSC

MARTINIQUE-----PAL

MAURITANIA-----PAL

MAURITIUS-----PAL

MAYOTTE-----PAL

MEXICO-----NTSC

MICRONESIA-----NTSC

MIDWAY ISLAND-----NTSC

MONACO-----PAL

MONGOLIA-----PAL

MONTENEGRO-----PAL

MONTSERRAT-----NTSC

MOROCCO-----PAL

MOZAMBIQUE-----PAL

MYANMAR (BURMA)-----NTSC

NAMIBIA-----PAL

NEPAL-----PAL

NETHERLANDS-----PAL

NETHERLANDS ANTILLES-----NTSC

NEW CALEDONIA-----PAL

NEW GUINEA, PAPUA-----PAL

NEW ZEALAND-----PAL

NICARAGUA-----NTSC

NIGER-----PAL

NIGERIA-----PAL

NORWAY-----PAL

OMAN-----PAL

PAKISTAN-----PAL

PANAMA-----NTSC

PARAGUAY-----PAL

PERU-----NTSC

PHILIPPINES-----NTSC

POLAND-----PAL

POLYNESIA, FRENCH-----PAL

PONAPE-----NTSC

PORTUGAL-----PAL

PUERTO RICO (USA)-----NTSC

QATAR-----PAL

REUNION ISLAND-----PAL

ROMANIA-----PAL

RUSSIA-----PAL

SABA ISLAND-----NTSC

SABAH & SARAWAK-----PAL

SAIPAN-----NTSC

SAMOA-----NTSC

SAN ANDREAS ISLANDS-----NTSC

SAN MARINO-----PAL

SAO TOME & PRINCIPE-----PAL

SAUDI ARABIA-----PAL

SENEGAL-----PAL

SERBIA-----PAL

SEYCHELLES-----PAL

SHARJAH-----PAL

SIERRA LEONE-----PAL

SINGAPORE-----PAL

SOCIETY ISLANDS-----PAL

SOMALIA-----PAL

SOUTH AFRICA-----PAL

SPAIN-----PAL

SRI LANKA-----PAL

ST. CROIX-----NTSC

ST. JOHN-----NTSC

ST. KITTS & NEVIS-----NTSC

ST. MAARTEN-----NTSC

ST. PIERRE & MIQUELON-----PAL

ST. THOMAS-----NTSC

SUDAN-----PAL

SURINAME-----NTSC

SWAZILAND-----PAL

SWEDEN-----PAL

SWITZERLAND-----PAL

SYRIA-----PAL

TAHITI (Fr. Pol)-----PAL

TAIWAN-----NTSC

TANZANIA-----PAL

THAILAND-----PAL

TIBET (CHINA)-----PAL

TOGO-----PAL

TRANSKEI-----PAL

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO-----NTSC

TUNISIA-----PAL

TURKEY-----PAL

UGANDA-----PAL

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES-----PAL

UNITED KINGDOM-----PAL

UPPER VOLTA-----PAL

URUGUAY-----PAL

US VIRGIN ISLANDS-----NTSC

UNITED STATES-----NTSC

VATICAN-----PAL

VENDA-----PAL

VENEZUELA-----NTSC

VIETNAM-----PAL

VIRGIN ISLANDS-----NTSC

YEMEN-----PAL

YUGOSLAVIA-----PAL

ZAIRE-----PAL

ZAMBIA-----PAL

ZIMBABWE-----PAL

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