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World - TV systems

Not all TVs work in all countries! Watch out for systems and zones!

There are several standards worldwide, so before transferring your equipment check that the one that is in use in your country of destination is the same as what you have.

You might be familiar with NTSC, PAL and SECAM already, but there are new systems in the pipeline, such as ATSC Digital TV Standards* which includes digital high definition television (HDTV), standard definition television (SDTV), data broadcasting, multichannel surround-sound audio, and Satellite direct-to-home broadcasting. While all this revolution is taking place, better check the tv system used in the country you are moving to, then decide what to do with your equipment.
(*) On December 24, 1996, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted the major elements of the ATSC Digital Television Standard (A/53) for the nation's next generation of broadcast television; Canada, S. Korea, Taiwan and Argentina also have adopted the ATSC DTV Standard for digital terrestrial broadcasts.

TV systems listed by country and system


Albania PAL
Algeria PAL
Angola PAL
Argentina PAL-N
Australia PAL
Austria PAL

Bahamas NTSC
Barbados NTSC
Belgium PAL
Belize NTSC
Belorussia SECAM
Bolivia NTSC
Bosnia Herzegovina SECAM
Botswana PAL
Brazil PAL-N
Bulgaria SECAM

Cameroon PAL
Canada NTSC
Chile NTSC
China PAL
Colombia NTSC
Congo SECAM
Costa Rica NTSC
Croatia PAL
Cuba NTSC
Czech Rep. SECAM /PAL

Denmark PAL
Dominican Rep. NTSC

Ecuador NTSC
Egypt SECAM
El Salvador NTSC
England PAL
Estonia PAL

Finland PAL
France SECAM
French Guiana SECAM

Gabon SECAM
Georgia SECAM /PAL
Germany PAL
Ghana PAL
Greece PAL
Greenland NTSC /PAL
Guatemala NTSC
Guyana NTSC

Haiti NTSC
Honduras NTSC
Hong Kong PAL
Hungary PAL

Iceland PAL
India PAL
Indonesia PAL
Iran SECAM
Iraq SECAM
Irish Rep. PAL
Israel PAL
Italy PAL
Ivory Coast SECAM

Jamaica SECAM
Japan NTSC
Jordan PAL

Kenya PAL
Korea-North SECAM
Korea-South NTSC

Latvia PAL
Lebanon SECAM
Liberia PAL
Libya SECAM
Liechtenstein PAL
Lithuania PAL
Luxembourg PAL

Macedonia PAL
Malaysia PAL
Malta PAL
Mexico NTSC
Moldavia PAL
Morocco SECAM
Mozambique PAL

Namibia PAL
Netherlands PAL
New Zealand PAL
Nicaragua NTSC
Nigeria PAL
Northern Ireland PAL
Norway PAL

Oman PAL

Pakistan PAL
Panama NTSC
Paraguay PAL
Peru NTSC
Philippines NTSC
Poland PAL
Portugal PAL
Puerto Rico NTSC

Romania PAL
Russia SECAM

Saudi Arabia SECAM
Scotland PAL
Singapore PAL
Slovak Rep. SECAM /PAL
Slovenia SECAM /PAL
South Africa PAL
Spain PAL
Surinam NTSC
Sweden PAL
Switzerland PAL

Taiwan NTSC
Thailand PAL
Trinidad & Tobago NTSC
Tunisia SECAM
Turkey PAL

Ukraine SECAM
Uruguay PAL
USA NTSC

Venezuela NTSC
Vietnam PAL

Wales PAL

Yemen PAL
Yugoslavia PAL

Zaire SECAM
Zambia PAL
Zimbabwe PAL


Below are the countries listed by system:

PAL countries

Albania
Algeria
Angola
Australia
Austria
Belgium
Botswana
Cameroon
China
Croatia
Denmark
England
Estonia
Finland
Germany
Ghana
Greece
Hong Kong
Hungary
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Irish Republic
Israel
Italy
Jordan
Kenya
Latvia
Liberia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macedonia
Malaysia
Malta
Moldavia
Mozambique
Namibia
Netherlands
New Zealand
Nigeria
Northern Ireland
Norway
Oman
Pakistan
Paraguay
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Scotland
Singapore
South Africa
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Thailand
Turkey
Uruguay
Vietnam
Wales
Yemen
Yugoslavia
Zambia
Zimbabwe


PAL-N countries   
Argentina
Brazil


PAL/SECAM countries

Czech Republic
Georgia
Slovak Republic
Slovenia

 
NTSC/Pal countries
Greenland


NTSC countries 
Bahamas
Barbados
Belize
Bolivia
Canada
Chile
Colombia
Costa Rica
Cuba
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
El Salvador
Guatemala
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Japan
Korea-South
Mexico
Nicaragua
Panama
Peru
Philippines
Puerto Rico
Surinam
Taiwan
Trinidad & Tobago
USA
Venezuela


SECAM countries
Belorussia
Bosnia Herzegovina
Bulgaria
Congo
Egypt
France
French Guiana
Gabon
Iran
Iraq
Ivory Coast
Jamaica
Korea-North
Lebanon
Libya
Morocco
Russia
Saudi Arabia
Tunisia
Ukraine
Zaire