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Video signal formats around the world fall into three different categories--NTSC, PAL, and SECAM--and are most commonly distributed on either VHS tape, DVD, or Blu-ray Disc media. SoccerROM currently offers videos on Blu-ray Disc, DVD, and VHS-NTSC. Unless otherwise noted in the product description, our DVDs use a universal ("region-free") format that has been tested to work on DVD players in different regions around the world. VHS users in North America will generally require the NTSC format, whereas the PAL standard is used in most European countries. To ensure you pick the correct format, please refer to the following reference before ordering videos from the SoccerMall.

Blu-ray Disc
The Blu-ray Disc format was created so that full-length movies could be provided in High Definition ("HD") on a disc similar to the widely-popular DVD format. Blu-ray players generally can play DVDs, but DVD players cannot play Blu-ray Discs. Blu-ray Discs and Blu-ray players have "region codes" that can be used to restrict their use based on geographic location. Players are coded to match the region in which they were sold, and will not play discs encoded for use in a different region. However, discs can also be encoded in a "region-free" format that should be playable in any Blu-ray player in the world.

DVD
DVD players and DVD videos have "region codes" that restrict their use based on geographic location. Each player is given a code for the region in which it is sold, and it will not play discs that are not designated for that region. This means that discs bought in one country may not play on players bought in another country. However, DVDs can also use a region code of "0", which means those DVDs are region-free and should be playable in any DVD player in the world.

NTSC
The first color TV broadcast system was implemented in the United States in 1953, and was based on the NTSC (National Television System Committee) standard. NTSC is used by many countries on the American continent (including the United States, Canada, and Mexico) and in many Asian countries (including Japan and South Korea).

PAL
The PAL (Phase Alternating Line) standard was introduced in the early 1960s and implemented in most European countries (except for France). The PAL standard uses a wider channel bandwidth than NTSC, which allows for better picture quality. Orders from the SoccerMall for videos in the PAL format may require an additional 1-2 days to ship.

SECAM
The SECAM (Sequential Couleur Avec Memoire or Sequential Colour with Memory) standard was introduced in the early 1960s and implemented in France. SECAM uses the same bandwidth as PAL but transmits the color information sequentially. The SoccerMall does not currently offer videos in the SECAM format.

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