Question about r2 and NTSC/PAL

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  1. Clint B

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    Hi. I'm not sure if this belongs in this area of the forum, so please move it if it needs to be moved. I know that Europe is R2 and uses PAL for the most part. However, I've also heard that Japan is R2 but uses NTSC. That makes no sense to me. Can someone explain? Thanks.
     
  2. DeanWalsh

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    Not much to explain here other than you're right...
    Japan is r2 and is NTSC,
    As far as I know any other r2 territories are PAL.
     
  3. Clint B

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    Thanks for confirming my suspicions. But if Japan is NTSC, then why isn't Japan R1? I know that the region coding thing is basically an anti-pirating type thing, but it still makes me wonder why Japan isn't R1.
     
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    well... Australia is R4 and PAL, but e.g. Argentina, while also R4, is NTSC... go figure...

    . . . [​IMG] . . .
     
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    Many movies are released theatrically in Japan later than in the US (for example, The Two Towers just opened there last month). So, if Japan was R1, many people there could just import the discs from the US, which could hurt the film's local theatrical release, financially. Pretty well the only country that has identical theatrical release dates for major studio films to the US, is Canada, which is why we are the only other R1 territory.
     
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    Region coding has nothing to do with television standards, but everything to do with attempts by Studios to control their product.
     
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    Some more fun facts:

    Mexico is R4 NTSC

    Australia is R4 PAL, yet Warner releases some R4 NTSC for Australia/New Zealand.

    Hong Kong is a PAL country yet 99.9999% of all DVD releases are NTSC (R0 or R3). I bet no one has an HK PAL DVD (I do!).

    R2 PAL (most of Europe) / R2 NTSC (Japan)

    If you find an R0 Disc, be careful (there are tons of R0 PALs and R0 NTSCs out there)
     
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    It's simple, Japan uses NTSC because "gasp" when TV came about guess who was occupying the country? [​IMG]
     
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    As far as NTSC and PAL go I imagine for most people in western Europe this is no longer really an issue. Here in the UK pretty much every TV in the market that I've looked at now accepts an NTSC signal as well PAL and even my parents 4 or so year old non modified R2 Sony DVD player accepted the NTSC signal from my Japanese R2 version of Spirited Away no problem..

    The only annoying thing about it was that on their TV and DVD setup there didn't appear to be any red push which is faintly apparent on my multi region setup. [​IMG] [​IMG]

    edit : Obviously I only mean with Spirited away, I don't have a red sheen on most of my DVD's [​IMG]
     
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    Actually all DVDs in Europe are PAL since there aren't any SECAM DVDs available and there is no NTSC country in Europe.

    South Africa is also R2 while the rest of Africa is R5.

    Most Columbia R1 titles (and maybe other studios as well) are both R1 and R4 for the south American market. This is however not indicated on the package.

    Same for many R2 which are also R4 for the Australian market.

    Here in Singapore I bought my first R6 DVD. It is actually also R3/R6 dual coded.
     
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    Many Japanese would not buy the Region 1 disc anyway unless it had Japanese subtitles or Japanese audio. However, there is 1 store in Akihabara that I know that sells Region 1, but they are very expensive. I try not to go there for anything but buy from cd-wow.net
     

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