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The below chart / list is no longer accurate and is provided as historical reference information from circa 1980-90's. Australia's analogue television standard format PAL(B), Digital DVB-T. Other countries use one of three analog standards NTSC, PAL or SECAM. These standards are not compatible with each other and there are variations "( )" within each standard. The basic difference between all three standards is picture colour information and lines per frame. SECAM standard countries has migrated to PAL and most will migrate to digital DVB-T, while a few have selected the NTSC digital standard ATSC or ISDB-T/b.

NTSC "National Television Standards Committee" - U.S.A circa 1953.
PAL "Phase Alternate Line" a European defined standard.
SECAM "Sequential Couleur a Memoire" a French defined standard.

All three systems transmit different "colour and line standards",
NTSC: 525, PAL: 625, SECAM (now): 625.
All can be received in monochrome on old Black & White receivers on most analog colour TV receivers made after 1999. As the world converts to DiGiTaL TV these analogue standards will become obsolete. You may notice the standards to each country reflect 20th century's super-power alliances or "spheres of influence", DiGiTaL will mask this out to some degree, players are now NTSC (ATSC) and PAL (DVB-T).



Country to TV Format
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COUNTRY, OLD FORMAT, DIGITAL, FREQUENCIES in MHZ
Afghanistan, PAL, *
Albania, PAL(B/G), DVB-T, *
Algeria, PAL(B/G), *
Andorra, PAL, DVB-T, *
Antigua and Barbuda, NTSC, *
Angola, PAL, *
Argentina, PAL(N), DVB, 174-216, 470-806, *
Aruba, NTSC, *

Australia, PAL(B), DVB-T, 174-230, 440-450, 470-820, *
Austria, PAL, DVB-T, *

Bahamas, NTSC, ATSC, *
Bahrain, PAL, *
Bangladesh, PAL, *

Barbados, NTSC, *
Belgium, PAL, DVB-T, *
Bermuda, NTSC, ATSC, *

Bolivia, NTSC, *
Bosnia & Herzegovina, PAL, *
Botswana, PAL, *
Brazil, PAL(M), SBTVD-T, *
British Virgin Islands, NTSC, *
Brunei, PAL, *

Bulgaria, SECAM/PAL, DVB-T, *
Burma, NTSC, *

Cambodia, PAL, *
Cameroon, PAL, *
Cape Verde, PAL, *
Canada, NTSC, ATSC, *
Canary Islands, PAL, *
Cayman Islands, NTSC, *
Chile, NTSC, *

Channel Islands, PAL(I), *
China, PAL(D), DMB-T/H,  *
Chile, PAL/NTSC, ISDB-T/b, *
Colombia, NTSC, DVB-T, *
Costa Rica, NTSC, ATSC, *
Croatia, PAL, DVB-T, *

Cuba, NTSC, *
Cyprus, PAL, *
Czech Republic, SECAM/PAL, DVB-T, 174-230, 470-862, *

Denmark, PAL, DVB-T, 174-230, 470-862, *
Dominican Republic, NTSC, ATSC, *
Dubai, PAL, *

East Timor, PAL, *
Easter Island, NTSC, ISDB-T/b, *
Ecuador, NTSC, *
Egypt, PAL, *
El Salvador, NTSC, ATSC, *
Eritrea, PAL, *
Estonia, PAL, DVB-T, *
Ethiopia, PAL, *

Falkland Islands, PAL, *
Fiji, PAL, *
Finland, PAL, DVB-T, 174-230, 470-862, *
France, SECAM, DVB, 174-230, 470-862, *

Gambia, PAL, *
Georgia, SECAM/PAL(D), *
Germany, SECAM/PAL, DVB-T, 174-230, 470-862, *
Ghana, PAL, *
Gibraltar, PAL, *

Greece, SECAM/PAL, DVB-T, 174-230, 470-862, *
Greenland, NTSC, *
Grenada, NTSC, *
Guam, NTSC, *
Guatemala, NTSC, *
Guyana, NTSC, *

Haiti, NTSC, *
Hawaii, NTSC, *
Honduras, NTSC, ATSC, *
Hungary, PAL, DVB-T, *

Iceland, PAL, *
India, PAL, *
Indonesia, PAL, DVB-T, *

Iran, SECAM/PAL, DVB, 174-230, 470-862, *
Iraq, SECAM/PAL, *
Israel, PAL, DVB-T, *
Italy, PAL, DVB-T, 174-207, 470-862, *

Jamaica, NTSC, *
Japan, NTSC, *

Kenya, PAL, *
Korea (South), NTSC, ATSC, *
Korea (North), PAL, *
Kuwait, PAL, *

Laos, SECAM/PAL, *
Latvia, SECAM/PAL, *
Lebanon, SECAM/PAL, *
Leeward Islands, NTSC, *
Lesotho, PAL, *
Liberia, PAL, *
Liechtenstein, PAL, *
Lithuania, PAL, *
Luxemborg, PAL, DVB-T, *

Macau, PAL(I), *
Macedonia, PAL, DVB-T, *
Madagascar, SECAM, *
Madeira, PAL, *
Malawi, PAL, *
Malaysia, PAL, DVB-T, *
Maldives, PAL, *
Malta, PAL, *
Marshall Islands, NTSC, *

Mexico, NTSC, ATSC, *
Micronesia, NTSC, *
Monaco, SECAM, *
Mongolia, SECAM, *
Montenegro, PAL, *
Montserrat, NTSC, *

Morocco, SECAM/PAL, *
Mozambique, PAL(I), *
Myanmar, PAL/NTSC, * (BURMA)

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Namibia, PAL, *
Nepal, PAL, *
Netherlands, PAL, DVB-T, *
Netherlands Antilles, NTSC, *
New Zealand, PAL, DVB-T/DVB-S, *

 Nicaragua, NTSC, ATSC, *
Nigeria, PAL, *
Norway, PAL, DVB-T, *

Oman, PAL, *

Pakistan, PAL, *
Palau, NTSC, *
Palestine, PAL, *
Papua New Guinea, PAL, *
Panama, NTSC, *
Paraguay, PAL(N), *

Peru, NTSC, ISDB-T/b, *
Philippines, NTSC, DVB-T & ISDB-T, *
Poland, SECAM/PAL, DVB-T, 174-230, 470-862, *

Portugal, PAL, DVB-T, 174-230, 470-862, *
Puerto Rico, NTSC, *

Qatar, PAL, *

Romania, SECAM/PAL, DVB-T, *

Saint Kitts and Nevis, NTSC, *
Saint Lucia, NTSC, *
Saint Vincent.., NTSC, *

Samoa, NTSC/ATSC, *
Saudi Arabia, SECAM/PAL, *
Serbia, PAL, DVB-T, *
Seychelles, PAL, *
Sierra Leone, PAL, *
Singapore, PAL, DVB-T, *
Solvakia, SECAM/PAL, DVB-T, *
Slovenia, PAL, DVB-T, *
Soloman Islands, PAL, *
South Africa, PAL(I), DVB-T, *

Spain, PAL, DVB-T, 174-230, 470-862, *
Sri Lanka, PAL, *
Sudan, PAL, *
Suriname, NTSC, *

Swaziland, PAL, *
Sweden, PAL, DVB-T, 174-230, 470-862, *
Switzerland, PAL, DVB-T, *
Syria, PAL, *

Taiwan, NTSC,  DVB-T, 54-516, 470-806, *
Tanzania, PAL(I), *
Thailand, PAL, *

Tibet, PAL, *
Tonga, NTSC, *
Trinidad & Tobago, NTSC, *
Tunisia, SECAM/PAL, *
Turkey, PAL, *

Uganda, PAL, *
Ukraine, SECAM/PAL, *
United Arab Emirates, PAL, *
United Kingdom, PAL(I), DVB-T, 174-254, 470-862, *

Uruguay, PAL(N), DVB?, *
United States, NTSC, ATSC, *
USSR, SECAM, *

Vanuatu, PAL, *
Vatican City, PAL, *
Vietnam, PAL, *
Virgin Island, NTSC, *

Venezuela, NTSC, *
Yemen, PAL, *
Yugoslavia, PAL, *

Zaire, SECAM, *
Zambia, PAL, *
Zanzibar, PAL, *
Zimbabwe, PAL, *
|=====================================================| 
|. . PAL(?)MHZ BW (B)=7 - (D/G/H/I)=8 - (M/N/Nc)=6 . .| 
|. . TV BANDS ==== VHF ===== UHF ====== VHF/UHF == . .| 
|=====================================================| 
|Most SECAM countries migrated to PAL and now to DVB-T| 
|-----------------------------------------------------| 


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