Can a US TV with ATSC/NTSC/QAM work in an African country using PAL?


You don't specify a country in Africa. DVB-T (Digital Video Broadcast – Terrestrial) is the now the most common system used in Africa. Set-top boxes used by South Africa-based DSTV or Multi-Choice TV in a number of sub-Saharan African countries are based on this standard. Your TV will have to be compatible with the set-top boxes in use for it to work properly. Most (but not all) HDTV systems that are compliant with the ATSC standard are also compliant with the DVB-T standard. I advise that you ask your provider in Africa for specific advice before buying a TV in the USA.

Updated on March 18, 2018

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Understanding the Difference Between NTSC, ATSC and QAM?
By Paul Goodman