sspaz1000 wrote:Considering 99% of DVD players sold at regular stores in the US, are set to be Region 1 only, and can only be modified thus breaking a warranty, yes it was noticeable and yes it was a problem.
As for computers, it doesn't matter about graphics cards and other stuff, the key is here, that after a certain amount of time, your computer gets locked into what ever region disc is played the most. So if I watched my screwed up PAL version on my computer lets say 5 times, I would now no longer be able to watch any of my NTSC DVD's on my computer anymore.
Yes, there are ways of modifying your software, but again that comes at a price of voiding your warranty should anything else happen to your machine after you've modified it.
This is a bigger deal than you realize as most people are not tech geniuses to go about and hack/modify/tear apart their machines.
You'er mixing things. Region code and NTSC/Pal are two completely different things. You're right regarding the region lock most players have but that wasn't a problem as John's DVD is sold as region free, so working everyhere and no need to do any illegal action or buy a special player.
But this has nothing to do with NTSC or PAL. You could theoretically have a region 1 (aka USA) DVD in Pal or a region 2 (Europe) DVD in NTSC. Just usually the DVD (as video tapes in former times) come along in the TV-system which is common in this region aka region 1/NTSC, region 2/PAL (or SECAM) but a region 0 DVD should work with most screens you get on the market.
PAL, NTSC and SECAM (and a few more less common systems) are only saying something about the picture you have on your tv screen. It does not matter if this comes from a DVD, a video tape or from the usual tv-signal you got fron yout antenna or cable.
NTSC color encoding is used with the system M television signal, which consists of 29.97 interlaced frames of video per second, or the nearly identical system J in Japan. Each frame consists of a total of 525 scanlines, of which 486 make up the visible raster. For comparison, 576i systems such as PAL-B/G and SECAM uses 625 lines (576 visible), and so have a higher vertical resolution, but a lower temporal resolution of 25 frames or 50 fields per second.
As I said most modern tv screens can handle both systems as the differences are not that big. Although you may discover a sligth loss in quality if you have a tv produced for the NTSC-market and watch pal or vice versa. I used to watch NTSC-video-tapes long before one had heard of DVD-players and region codes and I still watch them from time to time if iis something not avalaible on DVD. So you see NTSC has nothing to do with your DVD-player or any region code. It just depends if my tv screen can handle the ntsc-signal coming from the tape and so far anyone could (I think I have me third or eben fourth now since I started bying tapes). And of coruse I still need my old VCR.
Anyone in the US should check if pal works with their screen or not but a lot of people might discover it works. It's not a general rule that this DVDs will not play in the US.