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International TV Standards

INTERNATIONAL TV GUIDE

At the moment there are 3 main TV standards in use NTSC - National Television Standards Committee. This is the oldest standard. It was developed in the USA. It was first used in 1954 and consists of 525 horizontal lines of display and 60 vertical lines. There is only one type, called NTSC M.

SECAM - Système Èlectronique pour Couleur avec MÈmoire. This was developed in France and was first used in 1967. It consists of a 625-line vertical, 50-line horizontal display. Different types use different video bandwidth and audio carrier specifications - 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. The different types are not compatible.

PAL - Phase Alternating Line. This was developed in the United Kingdom & Germany. It was first used in 1967. It is also a 625/50-line display. Different types use different video bandwidth and audio carrier specifications. Common types are B, G and H; less common types include D, I, K, N and M.  The different types are not compatible.

TV Standards by Country

COUNTRY 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 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 SECAM 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, SECAM D/K
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
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 B/G
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 TOMÈ E PRINCIPE PAL B/G
SAMOA, AMERICAN NTSC
SAUDI ARABIA SECAM B/G, PAL B
SAMOA NTSC M
SENEGAL SECAM K
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
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
YUGOSLAVIA PAL B/G
ZAMBIA PAL B/G
ZIMBABWE PAL B/G

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