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Taking TV to Europe?

by sk528 / August 20, 2010 1:27 PM PDT

Can I use the Australian LA32C650 (Pal) in western Europe (Pal) maybe by firmware update? technically it should be the same, no?

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Taking TV to Europe?
by Samsung_HD_Tech Samsung staff / August 20, 2010 4:51 PM PDT
In reply to: Taking TV to Europe?

sk528,

I wouldn't recommend it. It may work, but the difference in broadcasting (even under the same type) may vary by region, as would the plug and voltage draw.

I can't speak on how products will work when they change the regions that they're designed specifically for. Not to be discouraging, but I can't speculate on the result.

--HDTech

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Thanks..
by sk528 / August 20, 2010 5:11 PM PDT
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..voltage/pal (220-240V) would be the same let alone the change of plug/cable you can buy everywhere

indeed it would be just a matter of providing a regional (or unlocked) firmware to make it work.

Samsung should think about it at least for all similar countries

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Thanks..
by Samsung_HD_Tech Samsung staff / August 20, 2010 5:23 PM PDT
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sk528,

Unfortunately, the world isn't coming together on a singular format. It'd be nice if it did. It's more than just firmware.

The other thing to consider is the region codes for movies and supported devices. Like I said, not to discourage, but moving any set from one to another still leaves the possible risk of something not working properly as a result.

If you want to try using a firmware from a different region (or worse, an "unlocked" one), I'd really *really* recommend against that. I've seen enough posts here where people accidentally install the firmware from a different region, and it really screws up the TV, and depending on the region, voids the warranty. And Samsung UK Service may not work on a AU TV, and this is discovered with the model/serial in the event it was to break. If you're still interested, do some research to see if it can be covered. I could be wrong, and it wouldn't be the first time.

It's your set, and your decision. I wouldn't be saying this if there wasn't merit to it. If it was me, I wouldn't move it. But you asked, and I wanted to give you my experience.

And there you have it.

Best of luck however you proceed. Happy

--HDTech

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Australian set in Europe
by jw650 / August 24, 2010 7:03 PM PDT
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Australian tuners use a different channel spacing and there are different flavours of PAL (for audio), but these are generally covered by country-specific settings in Plug-and-Play. The only problem is that I doubt any European countries would be included in an Asian firmware. However, you may find an alternative that's compatible with your new location.

Using European firmware - even if possible - could break part of the functions, as the hardware is different.

The set could still be used as a monitor with external tuner, if the internal one isn't compatible.

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