PAL video in the states

Kurt K kurtk7 at
Fri Jan 13 08:37:54 CST 2017

I have a number of systems that require PAL and I was looking on Ebay for dual NTSC / PAL monitors, and if necessary I can handle the power conversion requirements.  Any recommendations for a monitor that can work with Amstrad/Sinclair, BBC's, the Archimedes, and the like.  I figure more than one may be necessary.  

> On Jan 13, 2017, at 8:07 AM, william degnan <billdegnan at> wrote:
>> 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
> manufacturer.
> b

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