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Old 20.08.2009, 00:14
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Re: Using a US TV in Switzerland

Here is how I am doing it, and please no funny remarks, it is as hard as it gets.

1)US TV
2)Stepup stepdown Converter 3)Swisscom HD STB
4)Pal-NTSC video converter HDMI This should do the trick. Is it worth the effort, really a personal choice, we had too many DVD, American electronic appliances, xbox etc,and a brand new 46" HDTV (Which is sold here twice as expensive) so we have decided to do it.

But if I had known about this deal would I have done it?


I hope this helps someone in the future.
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Old 04.09.2009, 23:07
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Re: Using a US TV in Switzerland

I think the following one is cheaper option since it included the dvr in their pricing...
http://habu.tv/
As long as you are willing to drop $1 per channel which is $199 for 200 channels.
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Re: Using a US TV in Switzerland

LCDs from America (in my case, Mexico) can work in Europe. Their voltage ranges 110-240v and have multisystem (PAL-NTSC).. at least my Samsung does.. and that's an old model, not even Full HD.

I have also connected my NTSC Wii (bought an 220v adapter from China) to my recently bought European LCD (Samsung as well and works like a charm.

Before you buy anything, try reading some.
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Re: Using a US TV in Switzerland

I am looking for some updated information relevant to this thread. When this thread was started the US hadn't yet switched to digital requirements and most Americans now have a digital television set.

My US tv is a Plasma HDTV. It's not new, and it's not old. I think I bought it in early 2009, maybe late 2008. it's "hecho en Mexico" and on the back is a label that give me the impression it was manufactured for use in Canada and Mexico and states "120v".

I really don't want to blow it up, so I thought I would get a stepdown converter. But I started reading this thread and I'm not sure what to think because maybe it's not even worth it and I should just go buy a Eurovision set. (pun intended).

In the meantime, I've got this big honkin' Plasma sitting in my house doing absolutely nothing.

So... any updates to this information?
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Old 28.06.2011, 19:52
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Re: Using a US TV in Switzerland

Are you sure it doesn't say 120/240v 50/60hz? It would be a very strange electronic device to not have an internal power converter these days. I brought my LCD TV over in 2009 and had the TV for several months before that. Still, it's possible I guess.

You'll also need to check to see if your TV is PAL compatible. Mine wasn't so I also brought over an NTSC-to-PAL (and reverse) converter. If you need both the power transformer and the signal converter, it's probably worth it to just get a new TV.
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Re: Using a US TV in Switzerland

Hi,

are you able to give us the make and model number?

It would help because we could then search for the specifications of it and advise you better...


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I am looking for some updated information relevant to this thread. When this thread was started the US hadn't yet switched to digital requirements and most Americans now have a digital television set.

My US tv is a Plasma HDTV. It's not new, and it's not old. I think I bought it in early 2009, maybe late 2008. it's "hecho en Mexico" and on the back is a label that give me the impression it was manufactured for use in Canada and Mexico and states "120v".

I really don't want to blow it up, so I thought I would get a stepdown converter. But I started reading this thread and I'm not sure what to think because maybe it's not even worth it and I should just go buy a Eurovision set. (pun intended).

In the meantime, I've got this big honkin' Plasma sitting in my house doing absolutely nothing.

So... any updates to this information?
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Re: Using a US TV in Switzerland

your american TV will not work in switzerland
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My US tv is a Plasma HDTV. It's not new, and it's not old. I think I bought it in early 2009, maybe late 2008. it's "hecho en Mexico" and on the back is a label that give me the impression it was manufactured for use in Canada and Mexico and states "120v".

I really don't want to blow it up, so I thought I would get a stepdown converter. But I started reading this thread and I'm not sure what to think because maybe it's not even worth it and I should just go buy a Eurovision set. (pun intended).
Money is scarce when moving internationally, maybe try and sell your TV to someone going back to North America?
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Money is scarce when moving internationally, maybe try and sell your TV to someone going back to North America?
An excellent suggestion. When we left Japan heading home I swapped some my 100v appliances for 220 that some newcomers had brought with.

Just post an advert in the classifieds section here. You never know. I have one client moving back to the US, I will check and see if they have a TV to swap.
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Re: Using a US TV in Switzerland

PAL is the standard over here however, most of the new cable TV boxes have an HDMI or some other sort of HD output, which is the same standard in the US as it is here in CH and should work with out any conversions.
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I am looking for some updated information relevant to this thread. When this thread was started the US hadn't yet switched to digital requirements and most Americans now have a digital television set.

My US tv is a Plasma HDTV. It's not new, and it's not old. I think I bought it in early 2009, maybe late 2008. it's "hecho en Mexico" and on the back is a label that give me the impression it was manufactured for use in Canada and Mexico and states "120v".

I really don't want to blow it up, so I thought I would get a stepdown converter. But I started reading this thread and I'm not sure what to think because maybe it's not even worth it and I should just go buy a Eurovision set. (pun intended).

In the meantime, I've got this big honkin' Plasma sitting in my house doing absolutely nothing.

So... any updates to this information?

the trouble with stepdowns is you need a HUGE one for a tv, check the rating on your tv and then get a stepdown waaaaay above that rating, otherwise it will melt (had it happen to me) as others have said hd etc should work ok, but 'normal' wont, unless your tv can handle PAL as well as NTSC, its probably not got any SCART sockets either which will make life difficult if you want to get the cheap cable tv (non hd) here, or satellite.

tv's are so cheap now, and lots for sale on here 2nd hand, that personally I'd sell the one in the US and buy a new or 2nd hand one here, just to be 100% sure.
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Re: Using a US TV in Switzerland

I just moved my TV from the US to CH. I used two devices (purchased from Amazon):

This beast http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ohs_product_T2 does the voltage conversion for TV and Blu Ray player and assorted other devices.

This little jewel http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0011MOVN8 converts the 50 Hz framerate coming out of the Swiss cable box to the 60 Hz the US TV can handle.

As long as your TV and cable box do HDMI, you can just ignore the SCART thing.

For playing European DVDs and Blu Ray discs I bought a Swiss PS3. It initially output 50 Hz (which my TV did not like), but there's a trick easily findable on the internizzle for resetting the PS3 to some kind of default settings so that the will pick it up. Then you can readjust to 1080p or whatever.

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Hi,

are you able to give us the make and model number?

It would help because we could then search for the specifications of it and advise you better...

Sorry it took a while. Panasonic Model TH-42PZ80U, "120v-50/60Hz" Manufactured October 2008.

I plugged my Keurig K-Cup coffee maker into the 110/220 converter/adapter yesterday and blew it up... I thought that would have been easy enough.
Glad I don't own a hair dryer.
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Sorry it took a while. Panasonic Model TH-42PZ80U, "120v-50/60Hz" Manufactured October 2008.

I plugged my Keurig K-Cup coffee maker into the 110/220 converter/adapter yesterday and blew it up... I thought that would have been easy enough.
Glad I don't own a hair dryer.
I think a 220 -> 110 V converter could have prevented that.
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I plugged my Keurig K-Cup coffee maker into the 110/220 converter/adapter yesterday and blew it up... I thought that would have been easy enough.
Glad I don't own a hair dryer.
With converters you also have to check the VA rating, otherwise you can blow the transformer.
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Re: Using a US TV in Switzerland

Hi,

I have a Samsung TV 37 inch from switzerland, trying to sell it. But open to exchange as I am moving to states. So American TV of the same size prefably plasma.

Catch is My items are shipped by 20th July, so this evening to Switch :-(

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Re: Using a US TV in Switzerland

Offer expired.TV has been sold. Thanxs.

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Hi,

I have a Samsung TV 37 inch from switzerland, trying to sell it. But open to exchange as I am moving to states. So American TV of the same size prefably plasma.

Catch is My items are shipped by 20th July, so this evening to Switch :-(

Cheers
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Re: Using a US TV in Switzerland

I moved here from Canada in March, prepared with a Step Up Transformer for LG DVD. Sony KDL32LL150 tv already was 110/240 so just needed a plug converter.
We thought we would use it in the bedroom as a 'DVD/game TV' (all our Region 1 DVDs came with us for this reason & to use on our Canadian BOSE system in the lounge) and a got Swiss PS3 for Euro Blu ray& DVD.

Also picked up a Region Free Blu ray player for CHF130 on arrival so no issues for any Blu rays.

I dont know why I waited, but curiosity got the better of me last night, and I hooked up the Cablecom PVR to the Canadian Sony tv and it works just fine.

S-Video cables (unless you NEED one for something dedicated) are useless as are SCART cables. Everything is HDMI, so bring those.

So dont get rid of the Region1 discs you dont want to, and bring/buy any PS3 games you can/want. They all work. And it will save you LOADS of cash...
Used or new Canadian PS3 games @ $10-70 brought with you vs CHF99....

Truly a universal world now..

Everything works together, so I've just saved myself CHF1000 for a new 'lounge tv' and am only in need of second Cablecom receiver...help on this?
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