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Playing VHS tapes from Belgium?

Hi, I've been offered VHS tapes used in Belgium. I was told that they are of the SECAM or PAL types. Can I play those on my North American VCR? Aren't we using a different kind of system than the ones in Europe?

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Yes, having invented TV here in America, we have always used the NTSC format. It is not compatible with the other formats. There are some commercial VCR's that can play any format, but very expensive of course. If it is something important that you need, take it to a TV editing service that can convert it for you.

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