World-Wide T.V. Standards


Not all television sets in the world are equal. Different countries use one of the three main video standards – PAL, NTSC or SECAM. This means that a videotape from a PAL country will not play in a VCR in a country that uses the NTSC standard. To look up a country, click the letter below or use the Edit/Find function of your browser.

This list is continually updated, but due to political changes any countries have changed from SECAM to PAL. We suggest that your check with a viewer in their country to check on the prevailing standard. Send comments

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W Y Z

A

Country System Color Stereo
Abu Dhabi B,G PAL
Afghanistan B,D PAL & SECAM
Albania B,G PAL
Algeria B PAL
Andorra B PAL
Angola I PAL
Antartica M NTSC
Antigua M NTSC
Antiles M NTSC
Argentina N PAL
Aryenuna N PAL
Armenia D,K SECAM
Aruba M NTSC
Ascension Is. I PAL
Australia H PAL Zweiton B/G
Austria B,G PAL Zweiton B/G
Azerbaijan D,K PAL
Azores B PAL
Azores (US Forces) M NTSC

B

Country System Color Stereo
Bahamas M NTSC
Bahrain B,G PAL
Bangladesh B PAL
Barbados N NTSC
Belarus D,K SECAM
Belgium B,H PAL Nicam B/G
Belize M NTSC
Benin K SECAM
Bermuda M NTSC
Bhutan B PAL
Bolivia N NTSC
Bosnia B,G PAL
Botswana I PAL
Brazil M PAL BTSC
Brunei B PAL
Bulgaria D SECAM
Burma M NTSC
Burundi K1 SECAM

C

Country System Color Stereo
Cameroon B PAL
Canada M NTSC BTSC
Canary Is. B PAL Nicam B/G
Cape Verde B,G PAL
Cayman Is. M NTSC
Central African Rep. K1 SECAM
Chad K1 SECAM
Chile M NTSC
China D PAL Zweiton D
Colombia M NTSC
Comoros K1 SECAM
Congo D SECAM
Costa Rica M NTSC
Crete B,G PAL
Croatia B,G PAL
Cuba M NTSC
Curacao M NTSC
Cyprus B,G SECAM
Cyprus (Turkish) B,G PAL
Czech Republic B,G PAL

D

Country System Color Stereo
Dahomey K1 SECAM
Denmark B,G PAL Nicam B/G
Diego Garcia M NTSC
Djibuti K1 SECAM
Dominica M NTSC
Dominican Rep. M NTSC
Dubai B,G PAL

E

Country System Color Stereo
Ecuador M NTSC
Egypt B SECAM
El Salvador M NTSC
Equatorial Guinea B PAL
Estonia B, G PAL
Ethiopia B PAL

F

Country System Color Stereo
Falkland Is. I PAL
Faroe Is. B,G PAL
Fernando Po B PAL
Fiji B PAL
Finland B PAL Nicam B/G
France L SECAM Nicam L
French Polynesia Kl SECAM

G

Country System Color Stereo
Gabon K1 SECAM
Gambia B PAL
Georgia D,K SECAM
Germany B,G PAL Zweiton B/G
Germany (US Forces) M NTSC
Ghana B PAL
Gibraltar B PAL
Greece B PAL
Greenland B PAL
Greenland (US Forces) M NTSC
Grenada M NTSC
Guadeloupe K1 SECAM
Guam M NTSC
Guatamala M NTSC
Guinea (Bissau) I PAL
Guinea (Rep.) K1 SECAM
Guyana (French) K1 SECAM
Guyana (Rep.) B,G SECAM

H

Country System Color Stereo
Haiti M NTSC
Hawaii M NTSC BTSC
Honduras M NTSC
Hong Kong I PAL Nicam I
Hungary B,G PAL

I

Country System Color Stereo
Iceland B,G PAL
India B,G PAL
Indonesia B PAL
Iran B,G PAL
Iraq B SECAM
Ireland I PAL
Israel B,G PAL
Italy B,G PAL Zweiton B/G
Ivory Coast K1 SECAM

J

Country System Color Stereo
Jamaica M NTSC
Japan M NTSC EIAJ
Johnston Is. M NTSC
Jordan B,G PAL

K

Country System Color Stereo
Kampuchea B,G PAL
Kazakhstan D,K SECAM
Kenya B,G PAL
Korea – North D SECAM
Korea – South M NTSC Zweiton M
Kuwait B,G PAL
Kyrgystan D,K SECAM

L

Country System Color Stereo
Laos B PAL
Latvia D,K PAL
Lebanon B SECAM
Leeward Islands M NTSC
Lesotho I PAL
Liberia B,H PAL
Libya B,G SECAM
Lithuania D,K PAL
Liechtenstein B,G PAL
Luxembourg B,G,L PAL & SECAM

M

Country System Color Stereo
Macao I PAL
Macedonia B,G PAL
Madagascar K1 SECAM
Madeira B PAL
Malawi B,G PAL
Malaysia B,G PAL Zweiton B/G
Maldives B PAL
Mali K1 SECAM
Malta B,G PAL
Marshall Is. M NTSC
Martinique K1 SECAM
Mauritania B SECAM
Mauritius B SECAM
Mayotte K1 SECAM
Mexico M NTSC BTSC
Micronesia M NTSC
Midway Is. M NTSC
Moldova D,K SECAM
Monaco G,L PAL & SECAM
Mongolia D SECAM
Montenegro B,G PAL
Montserrat M NTSC
Morocco B,H SECAM
Mozambique B PAL
Myanmar M NTSC

N

Country System Color Stereo
Namibia I PAL
Nepal B PAL
Netherlands B,G PAL Zweiton B/G
New Caledonia K1 SECAM
New Zealand G PAL Nicam B/G
Nicaragua M NTSC
Niger K1 PAL
Nigeria B PAL
Norfolk Is. B PAL
Northern Marina Is. M NTSC
Norway B,G PAL Nicam B/G

O

Country System Color Stereo
Okinawa M NTSC FM/FM
Oman B,G PAL

P

Country System Color Stereo
Pakistan B PAL
Palau M NTSC
Panama M NTSC
Papua New Guinea B,G PAL
Paraguay N PAL
Peru M NTSC
Philippines M NTSC
Poland D,K PAL
Polynesia K1 SECAM
Portugal B,G PAL
Puerto Rica M NTSC

Q

Country System Color Stereo
Qatar B PAL

R

Country System Color Stereo
Reunion K SECAM
Romania D,K PAL
Russia D,K SECAM
Rwanda D,K PAL & SECAM

S

Country System Color Stereo
Saba and Sarawak B PAL Zweiton D
Samoa (Eastern) M NTSC
Samoa (Western) B PAL
San Marino B,G PAL Zweiton B/G
Sao Tome B,G PAL
Saudi Arabia B,G PAL & SECAM
Senegal K1 SECAM
Serbia B,G PAL
Seychelles B PAL
Sierra Leone B,G PAL
Singapore B,G PAL Nicam B/G
Slovakia B,D,K PAL & SECAM
Slovenia B,G PAL Zweiton B/G
Society Islands K1 SECAM
Somalia B,G PAL
South Africa I PAL Nicam I
Spain B,G PAL Nicam B/G
Sri Lanka B,G PAL
St. Grenadine M NTSC
St. Lucia M NTSC
St. Pierre Miquelon K1 SECAM
St. Vincent M NTSC
St. Kitts M NTSC
Sudan B PAL
Surinam M NTSC
Swaziland B,G PAL
Sweden B,G PAL Nicam B/G
Switzerland B,G PAL Zweiton B/G
Syria B PAL

T

Country System Color Stereo
Tahiti K1 SECAM
Taiwan M NTSC BTSC
Tajikistan D,K SECAM
Tanzania B PAL
Thailand B,G PAL
Tibet D PAL
Togo K1 SECAM
Tonga M NTSC
Trinidad and Tobago M NTSC
Tunisia B SECAM
Turkey B,G PAL
Turkmenistan D,K SECAM

U

Country System Color Stereo
Uganda B,G PAL
United Kingdom I PAL Nicam I
Ukraine D,K SECAM
United Arab Emirates B,G PAL
Upper Volta K1 SECAM
Uruguay N PAL
United States of America M NTSC BTSC
Uzbekistan D,K SECAM

V

Country System Color Stereo
Vatican B,G PAL Zweiton B/G
Venezuela M NTSC
Vietnam D,K PAL
Virgin Islands M NTSC

Y

Country System Color Stereo
Yemen B PAL

Z

Country System Color Stereo
Zaire K SECAM
Zambia B,G PAL
Zanzibar I PAL
Zimbabwe B,G PAL

System Lines Channel Vision Sound Vision Sound Zweiton Nicam
B 625 7MHz 5MHz +5.5MHz -VE FM +5.742MHZ +5.85MHZ
D 625 8MHz 6MHz +6.5MHz -VE FM +6.742MHZ
G,H 625 8MHz 5MHz +5.5MHz -VE FM +5.742MHz +5.85MHz
I 625 8MHz 5.5MHz +6.0MHz -VE FM +6.552MHz
K,K1 625 8MHz 6MHz +6.5MHz -VE FM
L 625 8MHz 6MHz +6.5MHz +VE AM +5.85MHz
M 525 6MHz 4.2MHz +4.5MHz -VE FM +4.72MHz
N 625 6MHz 4.2MHz +4.5MHz -VE FM

MTS Stereo single sound carrier modulated with fm/am multiplex

FM/FM single sound carrier modulated with fm/fm multiplex

Zweiton B,G,D,Main carrier is modulated with (L+R)/2 or A. The second carrier with R or B

Zweiton M Main carrier is modulated with (L+R) or A. The second carrier with L-R or B

Nicam Stereo Main carrier is modulated with mono sound or A. The second (digitally modulated carrier) with L and R or A and B


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One thought on “World-Wide T.V. Standards

  1. Teme Neho

    Upper Volta is now Burkina Faso

    TV systems are:

    – SECAM K1 on VHF band III

    – SECAM D/K & PAL B/G on UHF band

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