I read with HDTV's it doesn't matter if your player supports PAL or not(I live in America). I just bought a Panasonic DMP-BD65 blu ray player. I haven't bought a HDTV yet. I read in some articles that the DMP-BD65 doesn't support Pal. So which do I believe? I have some Pal movies.
These days people use "PAL" as a shorthand for 50hz. That's not quite right, but good enough for now.
If a player does not support PAL then you will not be playing PAL DVDs on it, or 50hz features and supplements that can occur on import Blu-rays.
If your player does support PAL you must still have a way to play region locked DVDs and Blu-rays. I don't know the story on this for the Panasonic.
If the HDTV does not support 50hz input, then the player must convert 50hz to 60hz. According to the list in this post, other Panasonic players have not done this, but I don't know about your model: http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...1#post15765041
Some HDTVs accept 50hz and some don't. In the past I found it very hard to find out by looking at the specs because the North American market has no notion of what that means.
Is there a thread for that TV here? I would ask there if it supports 50hz input. Many do.
If it doesn't, then yes you need a player that can convert 50hz to 60hz. Presuming the obstacles of region coding have been handled first.
What could be the harm? If the player accepts 50hz input and produces 60hz output, or 50hz output and your display accepts that, you can watch the movie.
It's not only the extras you watch afterwards but menus and trailers that start playing on loading could be 50i in some European discs. Many people with US PS3s had trouble getting past these to load the movie at all.
Back to the question is there any harm, frame-rate conversion could have motion artefacts from frame interpolation. For the purists and anyone demanding best quality it is to be avoided if possible. People who import from 50Hz countries are best served by having all the playback equipment that fully supports 50i natively.
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Yes, or if you're lucky, by googling for online specs. If you have a specific model in mind you can ask in the thread devoted to that player here at AVSForum.
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