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Video Formats

The Apothecary Shoppe offers VHS videos in NTSC, PAL, or SECAM formats. Please ensure you select a video in the format used in your country.

Please note that this information is provided in good faith however within countries there can be variation in video format. If in doubt, check with your local video or electronics store.

There are three main video formats in use around the world:

  • NTSC is the video format used in USA, Canada and Japan;
  • PAL is the video format used in the Britain, Australia, New Zealand, India, Hong Kong and most of Western Europe;
  • SECAM is the video format used in France and Eastern Europe.

Here are full lists of the countries using NTSC and PAL formats:

NTSC is the standard format used in the following countries:

Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil (NTSC is PAL-M compatible), Canada, Chile, China (Taiwan), Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, Grenada, Guam, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Japan, Democratic People's Republic (PAL/NTSC), Korea, Republic of Mexico, Micronesia, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, St. Christopher and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Eastern Suriname, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, United States of America, Venezuela, Vietnam (NTSC/SECAM), Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, U.S. Yemen (PAL/NTSC)

PAL is the standard format used in the following countries:

Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canary Islands, China, Denmark, Dubai, Fiji, Finland, former Yugoslav republics (Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro, Macedonia), Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Malaysia, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Portugal, Poland, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

SECAM is the standard format used in the following countries:

Afghanistan, Benin, Bukina Faso, Bulgaria, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Czechoslovakia, Djibouti, Egypt, France, French Guiana, Gabon, Greece, Guadalope, Guinea, Gyprus, Haiti, Hungary, Iran, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Lebanon, Libya, Madagascar, Mali, Martinique, Maruitius, Mauritania, Monaco, Morocco, Niger, North Korea, Poland, Russia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Syria , Togo, Tunisia, Vietnam, Western Samoa, Zaire.X