Mar 152012
 

WORLD TELEVISION SIGNAL GUIDEWORLD TELEVISION SIGNAL GUIDE

The table below lists broadcast standards by country.

There are three main television standards used throughout the world.

NTSC – National Television Standards Committee

Developed in the US and first used in 1954, NTSC is the oldest existing broadcast standard. It consists of 525 horizontal lines of display and 60 vertical lines. Only one type exists, known as NTSC M. It is sometimes irreverently referred to as "Never Twice the Same Color."

SECAM – Système Électronique pour Couleur avec Mèmoire.

Developed in France and first used in 1967. It uses a 625-line vertical, 50-line horizontal display. Different types use different video bandwidth and audio carrier specifications. Types B and D are usually used for VHF. Types G, H, and K are used for UHF. Types I, N, M, K1 and L are used for both VHF and UHF. These different types are generally not compatible with one another. SECAM is sometimes irreverently referred to as "Something Essentially Contrary to the American Method" or "SEcond Color Always Magenta."

PAL – Phase Alternating Line

Developed in Germany and first used in 1967. A variant of NTSC, PAL uses 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. These different types are generally not compatible with one another. Proponents of PAL irreverently call it "Perfection At Last," while critics of its enormous circuit complexity call it "Pay A Lot" or "Picture Always Lousy."

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 

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

 

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