Registered: Aug 2002
Location: Maidenhead, UK
Hope this helps.
Domestic DVD recorders almost universall record DVDs as Region 0 - in other words region-free. A DVD recording made on a domestic DVD recorder should play correctly on any DVD player worldwide AS LONG AS THE PLAYER CAN REPLAY THE VIDEO STANDARD
If your DVD player will replay PAL aka 625 DVDs in a format your TV can display, and is compatible with the DVD recording format chosen, then you should be fine with the domestic recordings.
If it would help I could mail you a UK DVD+R or +RW recording made on my Philips DVDR75 - I'm more than happy to.
Some US DVD players incorporate a basic PAL->NTSC standards converter (my Samsung DVD plays NTSC as PAL if needed, but also plays it as PAL 60 or plain NTSC as well). Some DVD players (especially the cheaper ones from China) may well replay PAL material in PAL (which would be suitable if you have a PAL compatible TV, or can feed a PAL output from your DVD player through a multi-standard VCR if the VCR converts from PAL to NTSC), or if you are using component connections you may have no problems (if your TV will sync to 625/50 signals from a PAL VCR)
It isn't clear if your multi-standard VCR is replaying PAL as PAL (and your TV is PAL compatible), or if the VCR is converting from PAL to NTSC on replay. Multi-standard can mean either of the above!
If you want a cheap DVD+R/RW recorder in the UK they start at around £200ish (some are slightly cheaper) - and Philips have a couple at this price point via cheap outlets. (I paid about £220 for mine)
If you also want to watch pre-recorded DVDs purchased in Europe you also need a multi-region DVD player - as the US is in DVD Region 1 and the UK in DVD Region 2. Many players can be converted - either with hidden menu options, odd remote control sequences, "special remote controls" or hardware modifications. This is only an issue for commercial DVD releases though.
Basically you need to know the following :
1. Does your DVD player replay PAL DVDs (say Region 0) at all?
2. If it does, does it replay them as PAL, or as NTSC?
3. If it replays in PAL does your TV cope with PAL signals via its AV inputs?
4. If it doesn't, does your multi-standard VCR convert from PAL to NTSC, and will it do this for an external PAL signal?
5. Is your DVD player modifiable to multi-region to allow it to play UK Region 2 commercial DVDs?
(There are quite a few British TV fans in the US who know a lot about watching PAL region 2 DVDs in the US - there are quite a few cheap DVD players that will replay PAL material as PAL or convert it to NTSC I believe)
Finally - replaying the discs on a PC may also be an option!
Feel free to PM me if I can help further.
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