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TV Standards by Country

PAL is the predominant video system or standard used in the UK and many overseas countries. In PAL, 25 frames are transmitted each second. Each frame is made up of 625 individual scan lines.

NTSC is the video system or standard used in North America and most of South America. In NTSC, 30 frames are transmitted each second. Each frame is made up of 525 individual scan lines.


Countries using PAL:

  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Argentina**
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azores
  • Baharain
  • Bangladesh
  • Belgium
  • Botswana
  • Brazil*
  • Brunei
  • Cameroon
  • Canary Islands
  • Cyprus
  • Denmark
  • Dubai
  • England
  • Ethiopia
  • Faeroe Islands
  • Finland
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Guinea
  • Greenland
  • Holland
  • Hong Kong
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Kuwait
  • Laos
  • Liberia
  • Madeire
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Mozambique
  • Nepal
  • New Guinea
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • North Korea
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Paraguay**
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Quatar
  • Romania
  • Singapore
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • S W Africa
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Swaziland
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • Uganda
  • U A Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • Uruguay
  • West Germany
  • Yemen
  • Yugoslavia
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

*=PAL-M     **=PAL-N


Countries using NTSC:

  • Antigua
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Barbuda
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • Bolivia
  • Burma
  • Cambodia
  • Canada
  • Cayman Islands
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • El Salvador
  • Ecuador
  • Guam
  • Guatemala
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • Midway Islands
  • Netherland Antilles
  • Nicaragua
  • North Mariana Island
  • Panama
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Puerto Rico
  • Saipan
  • Samoa
  • South Korea
  • Saint Kitts
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent
  • Surinam
  • Taiwan
  • Tobago
  • Trinidad
  • USA
  • Venezuela
  • Virgin Islands