What is PHASE ALTERNATE LINE (PAL)?

The standardized picture format used for decoding and encoding television signals, throughout most of Europe, excluding France. The specifications of the PAL format are as follows: 786 pixels in each line, a total of 625 lines on each screen, 25fps video, and a power rating of 220V. The image quality of a PAL tv is better than that of a NTSC, but inferior to SECAM, used in France.

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