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NTSC Countries 2024

NTSC is an abbreviated term for the National Television System Committee. This organization developed a format to encode analog television in North America. The original committee was founded in 1954 and stayed relevant until television began its digital conversion that we use today. There are three major formats used for analog television around the world. NTSC is used as well as SECAM and PAL. The format for analog television is the same, adhering to strict standards, but slight variations exist across the standard. All countries that use analog television are currently in the process of converting to digital television to meet the ATSC, DVB, ISDB, or DTMB standards for digital television.

NTSC analog television is noted by its uniform lines appearing on the television display. NTSC has 525 total lines, but only 480 lines are visible. The 480 lines give reference to the 480i resolution denotation commonly found in analog televisions.

What Countries Use NTSC Standards?

Each country will adhere to its own television standards for analog broadcasting and production. Usually, NTSC is only found in North America, but some parts of South America, Taiwan, the Philippines, Myanmar, Japan, and South Korea use NTSC. Although common in North America, much of the world used PAL, especially in China, India, and Western Europe. A third standard system for analog television broadcasting is SECAM which was found in France, Russia, and Africa.

What is PAL?

A much more common standard for analog television used worldwide is PAL. The PAL committee holds to an analog standard of 576 visible lines out of a total of 625 lines. To contrast the standard North American 480i resolution, PAL utilizes a 576i resolution. The PAL video uses color information that is reversed within each line. PAL is an abbreviation for Phase Altering Line, which is an automatic procedure that corrects phase errors, creating a steady and visible transmission signal. The result of the phase alteration is a higher-quality image with better resolution. Still, some color integrity is lost in the transition, although the lack of color is difficult to distinguish by the human eye.

What is SECAM?

The last alternative for analog television standardization is SECAM. This system is mostly used in France, Africa, and Russia. The analog program uses a SECAM color-coding system similar to PAL and NTSC. SECAM utilizes the luminance monochrome image and adds the chrominance color applied to the monochrome image. When combined, these two systems create a cohesive signal that is broadcast through video. Countries that currently use SECAM are converting to Digital Video Broadcasting or DVB. The conversation started in the 2000s, and most major television networks have already made the switch.

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Country
Analog UHF Broadcast Format
Analog VHF Broadcast Format
DVD Region
AfghanistanPAL/SECAM B5
AlbaniaPAL GPAL B2
AlgeriaPAL GPAL B5
AngolaPAL I5
Antigua and BarbudaNTSC
ArgentinaPAL NPAL N4
AustraliaPAL GPAL B4
AustriaPAL GPAL B2
BahrainPAL GPAL B2
BangladeshPAL B5
BarbadosNTSC M4
BelgiumPAL HPAL B2
BelizeNTSC
BoliviaNTSC MNTSC M4
Bosnia and HerzegovinaPAL
BotswanaPAL I5
BrazilPAL MPAL M4
BulgariaSECAM KSECAM D2
Burkina FasoSECAM K15
BurundiSECAM K15
CambodiaNTSC M3
CameroonPAL GPAL B5
CanadaNTSC MNTSC M1
ChadSECAM K15
ChileNTSC MNTSC M4
ChinaPAL D6
ColombiaNTSC MNTSC M4
Costa RicaNTSC MNTSC M4
CroatiaPAL GPAL B2
CubaNTSC MNTSC M4
CyprusPAL GPAL B
Czech RepublicPAL KPAL D2
DenmarkPAL GPAL B2
Dominican RepublicNTSC MNTSC M4
EcuadorNTSC MNTSC M4
EgyptSECAM B/PAL GSECAM B/PAL B2
El SalvadorNTSC MNTSC M4
EstoniaPAL DPAL B5
EthiopiaPAL GPAL B5
FijiPAL B
FinlandPAL GPAL B2
FranceSECAM LSECAM L2
French PolynesiaSECAM K1
GabonSECAM K15
GambiaPAL I5
GermanyPAL GPAL B2
GhanaPAL GPAL B5
GibraltarPAL HPAL B2
GreecePAL GPAL B2
GreenlandNTSC/PAL B2
GuamNTSC M1
GuatemalaNTSC MNTSC M4
GuineaPAL K5
GuyanaSECAM K14
HaitiNTSC
HondurasNTSC MNTSC M4
Hong KongPAL I3
HungarySECAM K/PALSECAM D/PAL2
IcelandPAL GPAL B2
IndiaPAL B5
IndonesiaPAL GPAL B3
IranSECAM GSECAM B2
IraqSECAM B2
IrelandPAL IPAL I2
IsraelPAL GPAL B2
ItalyPAL GPAL B2
Ivory CoastSECAM K15
JamaicaNTSC M4
JapanNTSC MNTSC M2
JordanPAL GPAL B2
KenyaPAL GPAL B5
KuwaitPAL B2
LatviaPAL KPAL D5
LebanonSECAM GSECAM B2
LiberiaPAL HPAL B5
LibyaSECAM GSECAM B5
LithuaniaPAL KPAL D5
LuxembourgPAL G/SEC LPAL B/SECAM L2
MadagascarSECAM K15
MalawiPAL GPAL B5
MalaysiaPAL B3
MaliSECAM K15
MaltaPAL HPAL B2
MauritaniaSECAM B5
MauritiusSECAM B5
MexicoNTSC MNTSC M4
MongoliaSECAM D5
MontenegroPAL
MoroccoSECAM B5
MozambiquePAL B5
MyanmarNTSC M
NamibiaPAL I5
NepalPAL B
NetherlandsPAL GPAL B2
New ZealandPAL GPAL B4
NicaraguaNTSC MNTSC M4
NigerSECAM K15
NigeriaPAL GPAL B5
North MacedoniaPAL
NorwayPAL GPAL B2
OmanPAL GPAL B2
PakistanPAL B5
PanamaNTSC MNTSC M4
ParaguayNTSC MNTSC M4
PeruNTSC MNTSC M4
PhilippinesNTSC MNTSC M3
PolandPAL KPAL D2
PortugalPAL GPAL B2
QatarPAL B2
RomaniaPAL
RussiaSECAM KSECAM D5
Saint LuciaNTSC
Saudi ArabiaSECAM GSECAM-B/PAL-B2
SenegalPAL5
SerbiaPAL
SeychellesPAL GPAL B5
Sierra LeonePAL GPAL B5
SingaporePAL GPAL B
SlovakiaPALPAL2
SloveniaPAL2
South AfricaPAL IPAL I2
South KoreaNTSC
SpainPAL GPAL B2
Sri LankaPAL B5
SudanPAL GPAL B5
SurinameNTSC MNTSC M4
SwedenPAL GPAL B2
SwitzerlandPAL GPAL B2
SyriaSECAM B2
TaiwanNTSC MNTSC M3
TanzaniaPAL BPAL B5
ThailandPAL B3
TogoSECAM K5
Trinidad and TobagoNTSC MNTSC M4
TunisiaSECAM B5
TurkeyPAL GPAL B
UgandaPAL GPAL B5
UkrainePAL / SECAM D-K5
United Arab EmiratesPAL GPAL B2
United KingdomPAL I2
United StatesNTSC MNTSC M1
UruguayPAL NPAL N4
VenezuelaNTSC MNTSC M4
VietnamPAL GPAL B3
YemenPAL B2
ZambiaPAL GPAL B5
ZimbabwePAL GPAL B5
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Is NTSC still used in USA?

The United States is no longer part of the National Television System Committee (NTSC).

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