PAL video in the states

william degnan billdegnan at
Fri Jan 13 08:07:21 CST 2017

On Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 8:59 AM, Phil Blundell <pb at> wrote:

> On Fri, 2017-01-13 at 08:38 -0500, Noel Chiappa wrote:
> >     > From: William Degnan
> >
> >     > some are made to handle both pal and ntsc automatically. ...
> > not sure
> >     > if they still do all that for LCD tv's but why not?
> >
> > Well, one thing most LCD's don't handle is interlaced video, so that
> > could be an issue.
> Anything sold as a TV (as opposed to a computer monitor) will include a
> deinterlacer; a TV that could only handle progressive scan input would
> be unacceptable to most consumers.  Standard definition broadcasts were
> always interlaced and so are most/all DVDs, though as far as I know
> Blu-ray is progressive scan only.  Even high definition broadcasts are
> still routinely interlaced in many cases.  ATSC for example can be
> either 1080i or 720p, and I think the majority of DVB broadcasts are
> 1080i.
> In fact, even computer monitors often tend to include some sort of
> deinterlacing capability, though I suspect this is more because it
> comes for free with the chipsets than because the market actually
> requires it.  But monitors tend to have a minimum horizontal sync rate
> of 20kHz or so and often won't lock to a 480i/576i input, so they'd be
> no use for the current purpose anyway.
> p.
So I guess what you're saying is, get a last-gen CRT TV that claims PAL and
NTSC automatic capability.  I don't have mine anymore, but it was my bench
monitor, I have PAL Commodores I used to use it on.  Wish I remembered the

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