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Multisystem LED LCD TV Frequently Asked Questions: 110220Volts.com

If you browse our website, you may notice our wide selection of TVs for sale. And once you're on that page, you may notice even more: for example, that all of our TVs are so-called "multisystem," or that some of our TVs have an "UHD" designation. What does any of that mean? Allow us to explain.

What's Multisystem?

You may not be aware of this, but the different electricity systems throughout the world also have a significant impact on how electronics are built. Since the United States relies on a 110V system, all electronics for the American market are specifically designed and calibrated to function well within that current. But for European markets, which run on 220V currents instead, electronics have to be adjusted in order to make the most of (and not get damaged by) the difference in voltage. That's all well and good, but begins to invite significant issues if you try to plug an electronic made for one country into an outlet in a different part of the world. At best, you'll need a voltage converter to ensure your electronic doesn't get damaged. At worst, your electronic simply won't work. That's what makes multiystem TVs so special. They're able to run on any electricity current in the world.

What's UHD?

Next, let's examine what the "UHD" on some of the TVs in our inventory stands for. In short, it means "Ultra High Definition," a concept so new you may not have heard about it yet. The technology is also known as 4K HD, largely because UHD screens have four times as many pixels as regular HD TVs, allow for a picture that's four times as clear. If you thought HD looked crisp try an UHD alternative. Especially landscapes and water are rendered so beautifully, you want to enter the screen right then and there. That's what makes UHD TVs so desirable, and that - along with their multinational capability - is why our Multisystem UHD LED TVs are such unique and desirable products. To see whether we have one available for your needs, contact us!

What are NTSC, PAL and SECAM?

NTSC (National Television Standards Committee) is a standard used in North America and Japan. It has the ability to display up to 525 lines of resolution. PAL (Phase Alternating Line), a standard used almost everywhere else in the world, has the ability to display 625 lines of resolution. SECAM (Sequential Color Memory) is used sparingly around the world and can be found in France, parts of Greece, Eastern Europe, Russia, Africa and a few other parts of the world. However, any SECAM country can display PAL tapes in full color, but not all PAL countries can display all SECAM tapes in color. Only if they are true SECAM and not MESECAM can those VCR's display SECAM.

What video standard does my country use?

If you're in North America, Japan, Korea, the Philippines and parts of South America, you use NTSC. Most other areas of the world use PAL or SECAM. Half of Brazil uses NTSC while the other half uses PAL-M. Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay use PAL-N. The rest of the world uses mainly PAL. If you're unsure what your video standard is, contact your local cable or broadcast company. Also, on the back of most videotape is indicating what video standard the tape is. This is a good representation of what your video standard is.

Do I need special types of videotapes to record in different video standards?

No, videotapes are blank. You can get a blank tape and record any video standard onto it.

How do I watch overseas videotapes?

Videotapes come in variety standards, each incompatible with the other. To watch videotapes from overseas that are not the same video standard as your own, you'll need what is called a multisystem VCR and a multisystem TV, or a Digital Video Standards Converter and VCR, or a VCR with a built-in Converter.

What is a multisystem VCR?

Different areas of the world use different video standards. North America uses NTSC, Europe uses PAL and SECAM, and South America uses PAL-M, PAL-N, PAL and NTSC. Almost every area of the world has a mixture of video standards. Unfortunately, none of these standards are compatible with each other. A multisystem VCR has the ability to play videotapes of different video standards.

Country

Voltage

Frequency

TV System

Afghanistan

220V

50Hz

B/PAL B/SECAM

Albania

220V

50Hz

B.G/PAL

Algeria

127/220V

50Hz

B/PAL

Argentina

220V

50Hz

N/PAL

Australia

240V

50Hz

B.G/PAL

Austria

220V

50Hz

B.G/PAL

Bangladesh

230V

50Hz

B/PAL

Belgium

220V

50Hz

B.H/PAL

Bolivia

110/220V

50/60Hz

N/PAL

Brazil

110/127/220V

60Hz

M/PAL

Brunei

240V

50Hz

B/PAL

Bulgaria

220V

50Hz

D.K/SECAM

Canada

120/230V

60Hz

M/NTSC

Canary Islands

110/220V

50Hz

B.G/PAL

Chile

220V

50Hz

M/NTSC

China

220V

50Hz

D/PAL

Columbia

110/120V

60Hz

M/NTSC

Congo (P. R.)

220V

50Hz

D/SECAM

Costa Rica

120V

60Hz

M/NTSC

Cyprus

240V

50Hz

B.G/PAL

Czechoslovakia

220V

50Hz

D.K/SECAM

Denmark

220V

50Hz

B.G/PAL

Dominican Republic

110V

60Hz

M/NTSC

Ecuador

110V

60Hz

M/NTSC

Egypt

110/220V

50Hz

B/SECAM

El Salvador

110V

60Hz

M/NTSC

Fiji

240V

50Hz

M/NTSC

Finland

220V

50Hz

B.G/PAL

France

127/220V

50Hz

E.L/SECAM

Germany

220V

50Hz

B.G/SECAM/PAL

Gibraltar

240V

50Hz

B.G/PAL

Greece

220V

50Hz

B.G/SECAM

Guam

110V

60Hz

M/NTSC

Guatemala

110/120V

60Hz

M/NTSC

Honduras

110V

60Hz

M/NTSC

Hong Kong

200V

50Hz

I/PAL

Hungary

220V

50Hz

D.K/SECAM

India

230V

50Hz

B/PAL

Indonesia

127/220V

50Hz

B.G/PAL

Iran

220V

50Hz

B/SECAM

Iraq

220V

50Hz

B/SECAM

Ireland

220V

50Hz

AI/PAL

Israel

230V

50Hz

B.G/PAL

Italy

125/220V

50Hz

B.G/PAL

Jamaica

110/220V

50Hz

M/NTSC

Jordan

220V

50Hz

B.G/PAL

Kenya

240V

50Hz

B/PAL

Korea (D. P. R.)

220V

50Hz

D/SECAM

Korea (Rep.)

100/200V

60Hz

M/NTSC

Kuwait

240V

50Hz

B/PAL

Lebanon

110/190V

50Hz

B/SECAM

Liberia

120V

60Hz

B/PAL

Libya

127/230V

50Hz

B/SECAM

Luxembourg

120/220V

50Hz

C/PAL, GL/SECAM

Macao

110/220V

50Hz

I/PAL

Malaysia

240V

50Hz

B/PAL

Mexico

110/220V

50Hz

M/NTSC

Monaco

220V

50Hz

C/PAL, GL/SECAM

Mongolia

220V

50Hz

D/SECAM

Morocco

115/220V

50Hz

B/SECAM

Myanmar

230V

50Hz

M/NTSC

Netherlands

220V

50Hz

B.G/PAL

New Caledonia

220V

50Hz

K1/SECAM

New Zealand

230V

50Hz

B/PAL

Nicaragua

120V

60Hz

M/NTSC

Niger

220V

50Hz

K1/SECAM

Nigeria

230V

50Hz

BG/PAL

Norway

230V

50Hz

B.G/PAL

Oman

220V

50Hz

B.G/PAL

Pakistan

230V

50Hz

B/PAL

Panama

110/120V

60Hz

M/NTSC

Paraguay

220V

50Hz

N/PAL

Peru

220V

60Hz

M/NTSC

Philippines

110/220V

60Hz

M/NTSC

Poland

220V

50Hz

D.K/SECAM

Portugal

220V

50Hz

B.G/PAL

Puerto Rico

120V

60Hz

M/NTSC

Qatar

240V

50Hz

B/PAL

Rumania

220V

50Hz

D.K/PAL

Saudi Arabia

127/220V

50/60Hz

B.G/SECAM, PAL

Singapore

230V

50Hz

B/PAL

South Africa

220/230V

50Hz

I/PAL

Spain

127/220V

50Hz

B.G/PAL

Sri Lanka

230V

50Hz

B/PAL

Sweden

220V

50Hz

B.G/PAL

Switzerland

220V

50Hz

B.G/PAL

Syria

115/200V

50Hz

B/SECAM

Taiwan

110V

60Hz

M/NTSC

Thailand

220V

50Hz

B/PAL

Turkey

220V

50Hz

B/PAL

United Arab Emirates

220V

50Hz

B/PAL

United Kingdom

240V

50Hz

I/PAL

Uruguay

220V

50Hz

N/PAL

USA

120V

60Hz

M/NTSC

C. I. S.

127/220V

50Hz

D.K/SECAM

Venezuela

120V

50/60Hz

N/NTSC

Vietnam

120/220V

50Hz

M/NTSC, D/SECAM

Yemen

230V

50Hz

B/PAL

Yugoslavia

220V

50Hz

B.G/PAL