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DVD & Streaming Video and Audio Collection: Non-standard format (PAL & SECAM)

Information on the DVD collection in Lilly Library

Where can I play non-standard format DVDs?

The majority of players in Carpenter are multi-region players, due to the increased likelihood that foreign language films will be a non-standard format. There are no multi-region players in LBC. Many laptops will also play non-standard format discs.

If you plan to show a film that requires a multi-region player, please check the room you plan to use to see if it will play. If it does not, you have several options. You can connect your laptop to the box in the classroom, move your class or event to a room with a multi-region player, or contact ITS and ask them to set up a multi-region player for the classroom in question for the date and time needed.

What are non-standard formats?

Media marked as Region 1, NTSC, All Regions/ALL, or 'Region free' should play on all US players.

Media designated as Regions 2-9 (PAL) may require a special player. These items include (PAL) in the last line of the call number. If we know the specific region, that is included in the call number (PAL 2). 

Most DVDs have information printed on the back cover of the case that lets the user know the region of the DVD. For items in PAL format, the icon usually looks like one of the following examples:

DVD Region Code 2 PAL | Brands of the World™ | Download vector logos and  logotypes DVD Region Code 2 PAL | Brands of the World™ | Download vector logos and  logotypes

If the DVD you checked out from Lilly Library does not play, please check the call number and/or the case label to see if it is a PAL format. If so, you may need a special player. 

Those DVDs that are designated as SECAM format are listed below. The cases are marked with the format as well for user reference.

For more information on what the various regions mean and the differences between formats, please click here.


Title Call Number
Lola Montes PQ10 .l653 1998
Quai Des Brumes, Le PQ10 .P678 2004
Therese Raquin PQ10 .T447 2005

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