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 or DVD from a PAL country will not play in a VCR or DVD player 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 many countries have changed from SECAM to PAL. Send comments. We suggest that you check with a video person in a particular country to check on their prevailing standard. We can convert your videos so they can be viewed in the U.S.

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 B 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
Burkina Faso K1 D/K B/G SECAM, PAL
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
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

    ***
    Thanks Temo. I corrected the listing. The former Upper Volta has been removed.

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