FAQ

HD

High definition video. Video resolution: 1080i, 1080p (1920 x 1080); 720p (1280 x 720).

HD video will be delivered on Blu-ray disc, either as data disc or as region-free Blu-ray video disc.

SD

Standard definition video. Video resolution: PAL: 720 x 576, NTSC: 720 x 480

SD video will be delivered on DVD disc, either as data disc or as region-free DVD video disc.

DD 5.1

Dolby Digital (AC3) 5-channel surround (left, center, right, left surround, right surround) audio. Includes extra low-frequency effects (LFE) channel.

DD 2.0

Dolby Digital (AC3) 2-channel stereo (left + right).

Letterboxing

Letterboxing (video) is the practice of transferring video shot in a widescreen aspect ratio (16:9) to standard-width video formats (4:3) while preserving the video’s original aspect ratio. The resulting videographic image has mattes (black bars) above and below it; these mattes are part of the image (i.e., of each frame of the video signal).

Letterboxing was developed for use in 4:3 television displays before widescreen television screens were available.

Letterbox mattes are usually symmetrical (both the top and bottom mattes are roughly similar in size), but in some instances the picture can be elevated so the bottom matte is much larger, usually for the purpose of placing "hard" subtitles within the matte to avoid overlapping of the image.

PAL

The analog video color format used to broadcast television signals through much of Europe, Asia, Oceania, half of South America and parts of Africa. It operates on a 50Hz power grid, displays 25 picture frames per second and 625 lines of information with every frame.

NTSC

The analog video color format used to broadcast television signals through North America, half of South America and parts of Asia. It operates on a 60Hz power grid, displays 30 picture frames per second and 525 lines of information per picture.

PAL/NTSC country list

PAL & NTSC playability

PC players & digital media players connected to home network will play both PAL & NTSC video.

NTSC HD/SD video will play in any standalone HD/SD player worldwide.

PAL HD/SD video will play in any HD/SD standalone player in PAL supported countries, for the rest in PAL capable players only.