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A bit of a noob on this topic... PAL vs NTSC

Discussion in 'The HTPC, HDTV & Ultra High Definition section' started by DSparil, Feb 27, 2018.

  1. DSparil

    DSparil Ancient Guru

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    So I just ordered up a new Sony BDP-S6500 4K Blu-Ray Player, so I could upscale my existing Blu-Ray movies to 4K on my new television. I also picked up a "Region Free" Blu-Ray from Finland, and am hoping this will play on my new unit. If the Blu-Ray itself is region free, shouldn't it play on a North American NTSC machine? Or would the machine have to support PAL or also be region free? I am not certain how all of this works, with the whole region free thing....

    Thanks ahead guru's
     
  2. Nijohc

    Nijohc Master Guru

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    As far as I know it should play fine if it's region free. Don't think PAL/NTSC is really relevant nowadays with modern displays/players.
     
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    lmimmfn Ancient Guru

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    PAL/NTSC is no longer relevant nowadays now that everything is digital and in HD. Only old composite/SVideo/Scart which are analog are subject to PAL/NTSC and most TV's or players with those inputs/outputs will support both.

    The only thing that should matter in your case is the Region of the Blu-Rays, if they are region free then they will work.
     
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    mbk1969 Ancient Guru

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    PAL and NTSC has nothing to do with region lock/free playback. Region lock is about matching disks and players - they should be of the same region code. This thing is completely artificial limitation brought to get more money from consumers around the world.
     

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    Redemption80 Ancient Guru

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    As mentioned, PAL/NTSC is only relevant when it comes to DVD's and TV.

    So yeah, you will be fine with the BluRay if it's region free, most (sometimes European discs can be 24fps instead of 23.976fps) of the time it's the exact same transfer no matter were you buy it, just the artificial restrictions encoded on the disc and built into the player.
     
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    Awesome, thanks everyone. It appears I should be GTG then. A lot of the cool steel book blu-ray's don't seem to be coming out in the states, and I found a good vendor in Finland.
     

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