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Old 09-12-2006, 08:51 AM   #1
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Anyone know anything about the compatibility/incompatibility of US vs European DVDs?

While in Scotland, I bought a DVD of a concert movie I have been wanting for years. I tried to watch it Sunday, but it seems out of synch, much like old VHS players that couldn't adjust timing. Nothing I do seems to make it play any better.

Am I screwed or is there something I can do?

BTW, I'm trying to play it on my Sony CD/DVD player on TV, so software fixes won't work until I buy a laptop sometime in the future.

Help....dammit!
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not sure does it have a region code on it?

*would think if it was a region code problem it just would play at all though.
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Yes, they are different. I think it'* PAL and NTSC.

Google it, there may fix for TVs. I know there'* tons of them for computers...
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DVD'* or Games that have region code in them you cant play on a US DVD player, Unless you can unlock the region code protect int he DVD player witch most cheap/midgrade ones cane. Sony DVD players there is not luck of unlocking.
But all those cheap ones you see for sale at walmart and other places most can be unlocked and you can play any dvd from any Country
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DVD'* or Games that have region code in them you cant play on a US DVD player, Unless you can unlock the region code protect int he DVD player witch most cheap/midgrade ones cane. Sony DVD players there is not luck of unlocking.
But all those cheap ones you see for sale at walmart and other places most can be unlocked and you can play any dvd from any Country
that overcomes region coding, but if its PAL then he might be screwed
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DVD'* or Games that have region code in them you cant play on a US DVD player, Unless you can unlock the region code protect int he DVD player witch most cheap/midgrade ones cane. Sony DVD players there is not luck of unlocking.
But all those cheap ones you see for sale at walmart and other places most can be unlocked and you can play any dvd from any Country
that overcomes region coding, but if its PAL then he might be screwed
I think thjere is a PAL converter.... not sure but i thout i saw something one time
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I have a fairly cheap dvd player but in the menu system it has the option for pal or ntsc might check though the DVD players settings for this. (has a multi option too not sure what it'* for )
Not sure if changing it will work or just confuse the TV but worth a try I guess.
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I'l have to go back into the manual and see what options I still have. I tried a bunch of things with no success.

I'll also do a google search.

Thanks for educating me on this, everyone.

I'm a bit unhappy, as this was the full uncut version of Neil Young'* Rust Never Sleeps concert movie from the late 70s or early 80s. I had not seen it available here in the states, but truthfully haven't searched online for it yet either. I'm somewhat of a Neil Young fan....
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I have a fairly cheap dvd player but in the menu system it has the option for pal or ntsc might check though the DVD players settings for this. (has a multi option too not sure what it'* for )
Not sure if changing it will work or just confuse the TV but worth a try I guess.
changing the DVD player from NTSC to PAL will make the DVD player change the output of the device and make it unviewable on a NTSC TV, not to mention, you wont be able to see the menus on screen to change it back!
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PAL vs NTSC has to do with how the pixels refresh in a pattern or frequency, at least with TVs. It may be applied differently with DVDs.

http://www.michaeldvd.com.au/Article.../PALvsNTSC.asp
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