Can I play NTSC & PAL DVD's on my system?

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Chrisdon

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Can I play NTSC & PAL DVD's on my UK spec Dell system? My DVD player software is Intervideo WinDVD. I've found lots of info about what NTSC & PAL are but can't find an answer to my simple question.
 

eddie5659

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Hiya

From what I can remember, NTSC is American, whilst PAL is Europe. These are two different regions. This is a bit from here about regions:

http://www.intervideo.com/jsp/Support.jsp

Regions

What are regions and why should I care about them?

To control movie release schedules, the film industry has divided the world into six regions. DVD players sold in a particular region can generally only play titles intended for sale in that region. Because DVD software is used worldwide, our license agreements allow you to change the region setting on WinDVD a number of times.

How many regions do I get?

On current DVD drivers, you can change regions five times.

The regional setting counter is part of the drive and is not created by our software. Therefore, if your drive has been used to change regions twice before, then you will only have three (3) more chances to change regions. Re-installing the software will not reset the region selection options.

Can InterVideo restore my ability to change regions?

No. This is a function of the DVD driver hardware.

What if I buy a DVD drive from the wrong region? How do I find out what region I am in?

Although most stand-alone DVD players are built for one specific region, DVD ROM drives for the PC are not usually regionalized. You should never find yourself stuck with a drive from the wrong region unless the drive was sold as a regionalized drive (this is very unusual). If you would like more information about regions and how to change them, go to "What is regional information?" in the Setting Up WinDVD category.
As you may have bought yours from the UK, it may only be PAL, though an actual DVD player may be able to accept all regions.

Regards

eddie
 
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