PAL

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Phase Alternating Line (PAL) is a colour encoding system for analogue television used in broadcast television systems in most countries broadcasting at 625-line / 50 field (25 frame) per second (576i).wikipedia
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NTSC

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It was one of three major analogue colour television standards, the others being NTSC and SECAM. NTSC is used with a frame rate of 60i or 30p whereas PAL generally uses 50i or 25p; both use a high enough frame rate to give the illusion of fluid motion.
It was one of three major analog color television standards, the others being PAL and SECAM.

SECAM

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It was one of three major analogue colour television standards, the others being NTSC and SECAM.
It was one of three major color television standards, the others being PAL and NTSC.

576i

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Phase Alternating Line (PAL) is a colour encoding system for analogue television used in broadcast television systems in most countries broadcasting at 625-line / 50 field (25 frame) per second (576i).
Because of its close association with the color encoding system, it is often referred to as simply PAL, PAL/SECAM or SECAM when compared to its 60 Hz (typically, see PAL-M) NTSC-color-encoded counterpart, 480i.

Analog television

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Phase Alternating Line (PAL) is a colour encoding system for analogue television used in broadcast television systems in most countries broadcasting at 625-line / 50 field (25 frame) per second (576i).
The colors in those systems are encoded with one of three color coding schemes: NTSC, PAL, or SECAM, and then use RF modulation to modulate this signal onto a very high frequency (VHF) or ultra high frequency (UHF) carrier.

Broadcast television systems

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The articles on broadcast television systems and analogue television further describe frame rates, image resolution and audio modulation.
There were three main analog television systems in use around the world until the late 2010s (expected): NTSC, PAL, and SECAM.

Digital television transition

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All the countries using PAL are currently in the process of conversion, or have already converted standards to DVB, ISDB or DTMB.

Walter Bruch

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PAL was developed by Walter Bruch at Telefunken in Hanover, West Germany, with important input from Dr. Kruse and.
He invented the PAL colour television system at Telefunken in the early 1960s.

Digital Video Broadcasting

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All the countries using PAL are currently in the process of conversion, or have already converted standards to DVB, ISDB or DTMB.
Most European countries are fully covered by digital television and many have switched off PAL/SECAM services.

BBC Two

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The one BBC channel initially using the broadcast standard was BBC2, which had been the first UK TV service to introduce "625-lines" in 1964.
On 1 July 1967, during the Wimbledon Championships, BBC2 became the first channel in Europe to begin regular broadcasts in colour, using the PAL system.

Hanover bars

Early PAL receivers relied on the human eye to do that cancelling; however, this resulted in a comb-like effect known as Hanover bars on larger phase errors.
Hanover bars, in one of the PAL television video formats, are an undesirable visual artifact in the reception of a television image.

Composite video

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Both the PAL and the NTSC system use a quadrature amplitude modulated subcarrier carrying the chrominance information added to the luminance video signal to form a composite video baseband signal.
There are three dominant variants of composite video: NTSC, PAL, and SECAM.

Telefunken

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PAL was developed by Walter Bruch at Telefunken in Hanover, West Germany, with important input from Dr. Kruse and.
In the beginning of the 1960s, Walter Bruch developed the PAL-colour television system for the company, in use by most countries of the western Hemisphere (except United States, Canada, Mexico and the western part of South America).

Interlaced video

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NTSC is used with a frame rate of 60i or 30p whereas PAL generally uses 50i or 25p; both use a high enough frame rate to give the illusion of fluid motion.
A Phase Alternating Line (PAL)-based television set display, for example, scans 50 fields every second (25 odd and 25 even).

Analog delay line

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Thus, most receivers now use a chrominance analogue delay line, which stores the received colour information on each line of display; an average of the colour information from the previous line and the current line is then used to drive the picture tube.
Analog delay lines are applied in many types of signal processing circuits; for example the PAL television standard uses an analog delay line to store an entire video scanline.

Quadrature amplitude modulation

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Both the PAL and the NTSC system use a quadrature amplitude modulated subcarrier carrying the chrominance information added to the luminance video signal to form a composite video baseband signal.

Colorburst

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After 0.9 µs a 2.25 µs colourburst of 10 cycles is sent.
PAL uses a frequency of exactly 4.43361875 MHz, with its phase alternating between 135° and 225° from line to line.

PALplus

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PALplus (or PAL+) is an analogue television broadcasting system aimed to improve and enhance the PAL format while remaining compatible with existing television receivers.

ISDB

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All the countries using PAL are currently in the process of conversion, or have already converted standards to DVB, ISDB or DTMB.
ISDB replaced NTSC-J analog television system and the previously used MUSE Hi-vision analogue HDTV system in Japan, and will be replacing NTSC, PAL-M and PAL-N in South America and the Philippines.

Burst phase

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This swinging burst enables the colour decoder circuitry to distinguish the phase of the R-Y vector which reverses every line.
Burst phase is the first ten cycles of colorburst in the "porch" of the synchronising pulse in the PAL (Phase Alternation Line) broadcast television systems format.

PAL region

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It is so named because of the PAL (Phase Alternating Line) television standard traditionally used in those regions, as opposed to the NTSC standard traditionally used in Japan and nearly all of North America.

YDbDr

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PAL-N uses the YDbDr colour space.
It is very close to YUV (PAL) and its related colour spaces such as YIQ (NTSC), YPbPr and YCbCr.

Broadcast-safe

Broadcast safe
Broadcast safe standards for 625 lines of Standard Definition (Inaccurately referred to as PAL, a colour encoding that is usually used with such systems) video are:

YUV

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The Y′UV color model is used in the PAL composite color video (excluding PAL-N) standard.

Differential gain

The modulation technique of the color subcarrier is quadrature amplitude modulation (QUAM or QAM) both in PAL and NTSC systems.

Moving image formats

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Analog broadcasting systems—PAL/SECAM and NTSC—were historically limited in the set of moving image formats they could transmit and present.