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Q: Want to view British videotape in U.S. ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   3 Comments )
Subject: Want to view British videotape in U.S.
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Movies and Film
Asked by: dwald-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 14 Apr 2006 07:01 PDT
Expires: 14 May 2006 07:01 PDT
Question ID: 718840
I want to view a video of the movie "Final Curtain" starring Peter
O'Toole, but it seems it's only available on a British tape, which
does not play on a U.S. VCR machine.  Is there any way to get a copy
of this film or make the British tape viewable here in the U.S.?
Subject: Re: Want to view British videotape in U.S.
Answered By: alanna-ga on 14 Apr 2006 09:45 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi dwald-ga -

"Final Curtain" sounds like a film I'd like to see as well.  But to
your question, the answer is yes.  You can convert the British video
format (the PAL video system) to the American video format  (theNTSC).

PAL stands for Phase Alternating Line , and NTSC stands for National
Television System Committee

Here are several websites that advertise video conversions:

M.R.S. Video Conversion Service 

APM Studio

World Gift Center

The price for all three is the same, about $15 per tape.

I suggest you also inquire at your  video store to see if there is
someplace local that does videotape conversions.

Google Search Strategy

Google terms: pal ntsc videotape conversion

dwald-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars

Subject: Re: Want to view British videotape in U.S.
From: interest-ga on 14 Apr 2006 07:06 PDT
It is also available on DVD, like:
Subject: Re: Want to view British videotape in U.S.
From: probonopublico-ga on 14 Apr 2006 07:56 PDT
Ja, mijnheer, maar het is 'Region 2' and that will nicht spielen in
der USA UNLESS the Questioner has a Multi-Region DVD player.
Subject: Re: Want to view British videotape in U.S.
From: iang-ga on 14 Apr 2006 10:22 PDT
The second link talks about converting "home made" tapes - there may
be some issues around converting a commercial video.  Given the prices
of region free DVD players, even if if you have to buy one, it's
probably more cost effective than getting tape converted.

Ian G.

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