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WORLD TELEVISION GUIDE

 

The table below shows the type of television broadcast standard
used in most countries around the world.

There are currently 3 main television standards used throughout the world:

NTSC - National Television Standards Committee. The oldest existing standard, developed in the USA. First used in 1954. Consists of 525 horizontal lines of display and 60 vertical lines. Sometimes irreverently referred to as "Never Twice the Same Color."  Only one type exists, known as NTSC M.

SECAM - Système Électronique pour Couleur avec Mémoire. Developed in France. First used in 1967. A 625-line vertical, 50-line horizontal display. Sometimes referred to by wags as "Something Essentially Contrary to the American Method" or SEcond Colour Always Magenta!"  Different types use different video bandwidth and audio carrier specs.  Types B and D usually used for VHF; types G, H, and K for UHF; types I, N, M, K1 and L for both VHF/UHF. Different types are generally not compatible.

PAL - Phase Alternating Line. Developed by German engineer Walter Bruch and the German electronic corporation Telefunken. Walter Bruch
patented his invention 1963 and the first commercial application of the PAL system was in August 1967.  Also a 625/50-line display and variant of NTSC. Proponents call it "Perfection At Last."  Due to the cost of the enormous circuit complexity, critics often refer to it as "Pay A Lot," and engineering students may hear it introduced as "Picture Always Lousy."  Different types use different video bandwidth and audio carrier specs.  Common types are B, G and H; less common types include D, I, K, N and M.  The different types are generally not compatible.

Television Standards by Country

COUNTRY SIGNAL TYPE
AFGHANISTAN PAL B, SECAM B

ALBANIA

PAL B/G

ALGERIA

PAL B/G

ANGOLA PAL I
ANTARCTICA NTSC M

ANTIGUA & BARBUDA

NTSC M

ARGENTINA

PAL N

ARMENIA SECAM D/K

ARUBA

NTSC M

AUSTRALIA

PAL B/G

AUSTRIA

PAL B/G

AZERBAIJAN SECAM D/K
AZORES PAL B

BAHAMAS

NTSC M

BAHRAIN

PAL B/G

BANGLADESH

PAL B

BARBADOS

NTSC M

BELARUS SECAM D/K

BELGIUM

PAL B/H

BELGIUM (ARMED FORCES NETWORK) NTSC M

BELIZE

NTSC M

BENIN SECAM K

BERMUDA

NTSC M

BOLIVIA

NTSC M

BOSNIA/HERZEGOVINA

PAL B/H

BOTSWANA SECAM K, PAL I

BRAZIL

PAL M

BRITISH INDIAN OCEAN TERRITORY 
(AF DIEGO GARCIA TV - AFRTS) 
NTSC M

BRUNEI DARUSSALAM

PAL B

BULGARIA

PAL

BURKINA FASO SECAM K
BURUNDI SECAM K

CAMBODIA

PAL B/G, NTSC M

CAMEROON PAL B/G

CANADA

NTSC M

CANARY ISLANDS

PAL B/G

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC SECAM K
CHAD SECAM D

CHILE

NTSC M

CHINA (PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC)

PAL D

COLOMBIA

NTSC M

CONGO (PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC) SECAM K

CONGO, DEM. REP. (ZAIRE)

SECAM K

COOK ISLANDS PAL B

COSTA RICA

NTSC M

COTE D'IVOIRE (IVORY COAST) SECAM K/D

CROATIA

PAL B/H

CUBA

NTSC M

CYPRUS

PAL B/G

CZECH REPUBLIC

PAL B/G (cable), PAL D/K (broadcast)

DENMARK

PAL B/G

DIEGO GARCIA NTSC M
DJIBOUTI SECAM K

DOMINICA

NTSC M

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

NTSC M

EAST TIMOR

PAL B

EASTER ISLAND PAL B

ECUADOR

NTSC M

EGYPT

PAL B/G, SECAM B/G

EL SALVADOR

NTSC M

EQUITORIAL GUINEA SECAM B
ESTONIA PAL B/G
ETHIOPIA PAL B
FALKLAND ISLANDS (LAS MALVINAS) PAL I
FIJI NTSC M

FINLAND

PAL B/G

FRANCE

SECAM L

FRANCE (FRENCH FORCES TV) SECAM G
GABON SECAM K
GALAPAGOS ISLANDS NTSC M
GAMBIA PAL B
GEORGIA SECAM D/K

GERMANY

PAL B/G

GERMANY (ARMED FORCES TV GERMANY) NTSC M

GHANA

PAL B/G

GIBRALTAR

PAL B/G

GREECE

PAL B/G

GREENLAND

PAL B

GRENADA

NTSC M

GUAM

NTSC M

GUADELOUPE SECAM K

GUATEMALA

NTSC M

GUIANA (FRENCH) SECAM K
GUINEA PAL K
GUYANA NTSC M

HAITI

SECAM

HONDURAS

NTSC M

HONG KONG

PAL I

HUNGARY

PAL K/K

ICELAND

PAL B/G

INDIA

PAL B

INDONESIA

PAL B

IRAN

PAL B/G

IRAQ

PAL

IRELAND, REPUBLIC OF

PAL I

ISLE OF MAN

 PAL

ISRAEL

PAL B/G

ITALY

PAL B/G

JAMAICA

NTSC M

JAPAN

NTSC M

JOHNSTONE ISLAND NTSC M

JORDAN

PAL B/G

KAZAKHSTAN SECAM D/K

KENYA

PAL B/G

KOREA (NORTH)

SECAM D, PAL D/K

KOREA (SOUTH)

NTSC M

KUWAIT

PAL B/G

KYRGYZ REPUBLIC SECAM D/K
LAOS PAL B
LATVIA PAL B/G

LEBANON

PAL B/G

LESOTHO PAL K

LIBERIA

PAL B/H

LIBYA

PAL B/G

LIECHTENSTEIN

PAL B/G

LITHUANIA PAL B/G, SECAM D/K

LUXEMBOURG

PAL B/G, SECAM L

MACAU PAL I
MACEDONIA PAL B/H
MADAGASCAR SECAM K
MADEIRA PAL B

MALAYSIA

PAL B

MALDIVES PAL B
MALI SECAM K

MALTA

PAL B

MARSHALL ISLANDS NTSC M

MARTINIQUE

SECAM K

MAURITANIA SECAM B

MAURITIUS

SECAM B

MAYOTTE SECAM K

MEXICO

NTSC M

MICRONESIA

NTSC M

MIDWAY ISLAND NTSC M
MOLDOVA (MOLDAVIA) SECAM D/K

MONACO

SECAM L, PAL G

MONGOLIA SECAM D
MONTENEGRO PAL B/G
MONTSERRAT NTSC M

MOROCCO

SECAM B

MOZAMBIQUE PAL B

MYANMAR (BURMA)

NTSC M

NAMIBIA PAL I
NEPAL B

NETHERLANDS

PAL B/G

NETHERLANDS (ARMED FORCES NETWORK) NTSC M
NETHERLANDS ANTILLES NTSC M
NEW CALEDONIA SECAM K

NEW ZEALAND

PAL B/G

NICARAGUA

NTSC M

NIGER SECAM K

NIGERIA

PAL B/G

NORFOLK ISLAND PAL B
NORTH MARIANA ISLANDS NTSC M

NORWAY

PAL B/G

OMAN

PAL B/G

PAKISTAN

PAL B

PALAU NTSC M

PANAMA

NTSC M

PAPUA NEW GUINEA PAL B/G
PARAGUAY PAL N

PERU

NTSC M

PHILIPPINES

NTSC M

POLAND

PAL D/K

POLYNESIA (FRENCH) SECAM K

PORTUGAL

PAL B/G

PUERTO RICO

NTSC M

QATAR

PAL B

REUNION SECAM K

ROMANIA

PAL D/G

RUSSIA

SECAM D/K

ST. KITTS & NEVIS

NTSC M

ST. LUCIA

NTSC M

ST. PIERRE ET MIQUELON SECAM K

ST. VINCENT

NTSC M

SAO TOMÉ E PRINCIPE PAL B/G

SAMOA, AMERICAN

NTSC

SAUDI ARABIA

SECAM B/G, PAL B

SAMOA NTSC M

SENEGAL

SECAM K

SERBIA PAL B/G
SEYCHELLES PAL B/G

SIERRA LEONE

PAL B/G

SINGAPORE

PAL B/G

SLOVAKIA PAL B/G
SLOVENIA PAL B/H
SOMALIA PAL B/G

SOUTH AFRICA

PAL I

SPAIN

PAL B/G

SRI LANKA PAL

SUDAN

PAL B

SURINAME

NTSC M

SWAZILAND PAL B/G

SWEDEN

PAL B/G

SWITZERLAND

PAL B/G (GERMAN ZONE), SECAM L (FRENCH ZONE)

SYRIA SECAM B, PAL G

TAHITI

SECAM

TAIWAN

NTSC

TAJIKISTAN SECAM D/K

TANZANIA

PAL B

THAILAND

PAL B/M

TOGO

SECAM K

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO

NTSC M

TUNISIA

SECAM B/G

TURKEY

PAL B

TURKMENISTAN SECAM D/K
TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS NTSC M

UGANDA

PAL B/G

UKRAINE

SECAM D/K

URUGUAY PAL N

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

PAL B/G

UNITED STATES

NTSC M

UNITED KINGDOM

PAL I

UZBEKISTAN SECAM D/K

VENEZUELA

NTSC M

VIETNAM

NTSC M,SECAM D

VIRGIN ISLANDS (US & BRITISH)

NTSC M

WALLIS & FUTUNA SECAM K

YEMEN

PAL B/NTSC M

ZAMBIA

PAL B/G

ZIMBABWE

PAL B/G

If you would like more information on international video and television standards,
 the excellent site at http://www.ee.surrey.ac.uk/Contrib/WorldTV/ is highly recommended, as
well as another one at http://www.tenlab.com/worldtv.htm

 


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