Originally Posted by gregge
I posted this yesterday but it was lost...To the person who left the detailed response could you please post a summary of what you wrote. Thanks (and of course any other input from people)
I am looking at buying a tv in the US and would like to use it in Sweden where they use DVB-T. Does anyone know if this is possible and, if so, how?
'Twas me I think.
Basically - you HAVE to make sure any TV you buy in the US is compatible with the following European signal formats :
576/50i (the Swedish - and European - SD and DVD TV standard)
720/50p and 1080/50i (The European HD standards.)
There are no PAL analogue broadcasts in Sweden any more - they switched off analogue last year.
Any modern US HD TV will be compatible with 480/60i (the US SD TV standard) and 720/60p and 1080/60i HDTV. However these are not used for broadcast TV in Europe - though our HD-DVD and BluRay players DO output 720/60p or 1080/60i.
Your US TV MUST support 50Hz video - converting 50Hz TV to 60Hz will not be cheap or good quality. (A decent frame rate converter will cost a lot more than a new TV...)
You don't need a DVB-T tuner to be built in to your US TV - you won't find (m)any TVs on sale in the US with one anyway.
However DVB-T (and -C for cable and -S/S2 for satellite) set-top boxes are on widespread sale and SD models are peanuts. (Cheapest DVB-T box in the UK is now less than US$40)
Region-free DVD players are on widespread sale - so you shouldn't have any problem getting a player that plays both European and US discs. Your US player is likely to only play US discs - though it may be region-free AND multi-standard.
You may well still be better off buying a TV in Europe - as the "HD Ready" standard used near-universally here ensures that any "HD Ready" licensed TV is guaranteed to work with all widespread US and European SD, ED and HD formats via both component and HDMI or DVI+HDCP.
I've just returned from a trip to Sweden and have quite a lot of literature on their Pay-TV platforms - cable, satellite, OTA (which is partially pay-TV) and IP. If you want more specific info - please feel free to PM me.
By the way - if you move to Sweden and want a lot of English TV you will be able to get the main UK TV networks via satellite with a modest dish as Sweden is on the edge of the UK/Ireland beam they are broadcast on. (Stockholm gets them with an 80cm dish) BBC and ITV are free-to-air with no subscription - as are CNN International, Sky News etc.