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''Format not Supported'' on new TV when connecting DVD

I came to USA with a DVD and a TV, bought a local DVD (in addition to my own) so i can view both my previous and new Zone and they all worked great. I now bought a new TV - Emerson BLC320EM9 (32'' LCD). I had no problems connecting it to the DVD i bought here and to the STB i got from the Cable company, but when i connected my original DVD i got ''Format not Supported'' on the screen. i tried regular Video cable (Yellow) and S-Video and both have the same issue. just Audio is fine. I do not have the 5 colored cable (Y, Pb, Pr, LR) but i suspect that if i'll buy it i'd still have the same issue.

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  • Anonymous Dec 01, 2008

    The problem is not with a certain DVD, but with the device. my old DVDVCR (one box combined) does not read local american DVDs. this is why i bought an additional DVD just for the local DVDs. my VCR can read both PAL and NTSC and i was able to view them when the device was connected to my previous TV.

    if my DVDVCR (LG, btw) is empty of tapes or DVDs and i just turn it on, I get this error on my new TV screen.
    As i said, on my old TV there were no issues.

    summary :-) :
    American TV (Emerson)
    DVDVCR bought in Israel (LG)
    not related to specific DVD or Tape.

  • Anonymous Jan 23, 2009

    i have the same problem hooking up a ps3 via hdmi cable. the same message appears and i only hear sound. I hate this tv, but my roomate bought it

  • Casey
    Casey May 11, 2010

    So with your new tv, you hooked up your old dvd player from wherever you are from, with an american(?) dvd movie and you get a format not supported?

    Probably because your old dvd player supports both PAL and NTSC and your tv does not.

    For clarification, Its an American TV with you old DVD player from (where) with an American DVD?

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