Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Hey PAL! Strange European Video Format Causes International Incident

UPDATE: According to a British friend of the site, most DVD players now will play both formats. Let's hope!

Original post follows:

It has come to my attention that for some reason DVDs made in America don't play on European players. We use NTSC over here, and they use PAL over there. What? Why? Aren't all DVD players made in Japan? Hey Japan, thanks a lot, way to go.

So, I'm not sure if these will work or not when you international customers get them. If not, I will try and burn a PAL version and send you another one. If I can’t, I will refund your money of course. Sorry for this inconvenience, but who knew?


Photo (c) sunshinecity

12 comments:

PrimeBrit said...

Hey Chef

Most players back home will play both PAL and NTSC. Your customer would have to have a fairly old player for NTSC not to work...

Chef John said...

Thanks! I take back what I said about Japan.

Nath said...

One other issue to watch out for is the DVD region codes. Most DVDs created in the US are designed not to work in players sold elsewhere (not due to technical limitations, but because media companies think they can make more money that way). If you are shipping internationally, you might want to check if the discs you send are region-free.

Anonymous said...

NTSC vs PAL is really only an issue for VHS tapes and broadcast TV, as the other commenter said, region coding is what makes things difficult. Most computers let you choose your regions and some DVD players are now region-free.

danijel said...

All the DVDs that are burned for private purposes are region free. Only stupid movie studios use region codes...

Anonymous said...

Hey Chef,

the box that refuses to play NTSC should be junked asap, because it has outlived itself five times over. Not your fault! All self-respecting players read NTSC and convert to PAL (or SECAM, for the French) for the TV.

However, the region restrictions are more of a trouble. Better make sure the dvd is region free. Not everybody googles and finds remote control service codes to convert their box to an all-region one.

Pyrofish said...

Well, my xmas-bonus wasn't as big as it usually is, but I feel compelled to donate anyway. I got my two DVD's in the mail the other day, Well done! And I sent you a little something by Paypal for all that you do for us, the unwashed masses.

Keep up the good work, and as someone else already said, cassoulet! cassoulet!

Claude Bonanni said...

Im sure these will atlest work on the individual's computers.

Chef John said...

Thanks for all your support! as well as the rest of you who have chimed in.

I do have to disagree with the unwashed masses comment - I've heard that several members of the Food Wish community bath regularly!

skuffen said...

Recieved my copy today! I have been waiting for this day to come..!

Chef John said...

I hope it works!

skuffen said...

Of course it does!

I got copy #22 .. :P