June 17th, 2007, 01:02 AM #1
NTSC to PAL
Good news: Uncle Sam is paying for me to spend a year abroad (I have a Fulbright to Slovakia and the Czech Republic).
Potentially bad news: I'd like to take my Wii overseas with me, but I need to determine a viable way of using it.
Since I have a North American Wii, it's NTSC output, which means it'll look like crap if I try plugging it into a European (PAL) television.
At the moment, I'm thinking something like this NTSC-to-PAL converter might be my best bet.
Has anyone used one of these before? Do they work OK?
My other options, as far as I can tell, would be to bring a U.S. TV abroad (which, unless I want to pay hundreds on shipping it, means finding buying a cheap, small -- probably like a 15" LCD TV -- set that can fit in luggage). Or, to buy a portable DVD player (which means trying to play on at best a 9" screen).
Alternatively, I've read that supposedly most newer European TVs handle both PAL and NTSC inputs.
Anyway, does anyone have any experience with this issue and any advice? I realize this is probably a crapshoot, but I thought someone might have some actual experience doing something similar.
June 17th, 2007, 08:40 AM #2
Is wii HDTV compatible. You might be able to use hdmi cable and go hi-def and avoid the conflict.
June 17th, 2007, 09:45 AM #3
Your best bet would be to buy a TV that can handle both, that way when you are done playing wii you will be able to watch sweet european programming. You will also need an adapter to be able to plug in your wii to get power...
On a positive note, atleast you are not going to France where they use SECAM. SECAM blows.
June 17th, 2007, 10:21 AM #4
Wii works with HDTV (it requires a special cable, I believe, but it works, although I don't believe it outputs in HD).
Of course, the TV that will come with my apartment almost certainly won't be HD, since it looks to be about 13" or so.
June 17th, 2007, 11:45 AM #5
Instead of playing wi get out and enjoy the sites and sounds of a new place for the year.
June 17th, 2007, 12:13 PM #6
Don't worry, that won't be a problem. I'll likely only be playing Wii on weekends, since I'll be out of the apartment most of the day (though stuck in archives and libraries).
The Wii is more to help make sure my wife doesn't get stir crazy, since she's going to be at home a lot more and doesn't speak the language(s).
June 17th, 2007, 12:42 PM #7
Don't forget to check for electricity concerns. I'm not sure if if there is a 220v adapter specifically for the Wii. I know there quite a few universal adapters. Just be sure it will work for that device.
EDIT: OH, and since that PAL-to-NTSC converter box needs power, you'll need to get an adapter for that, as well.