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What is SECAM?

SECAM, short for Sequential Color Memory is a color TV standard which is used sparingly around the world since the early 1960. SECAM can be found in France, parts of Greece, Eastern Europe, Russia, Africa and a few other parts of the world. SECAM uses the same resolution as PAL (625 lines) but transmits the color information sequentially: R-Y on one line and B-Y on the next.

Any SECAM country can display PAL tapes in full color, but not all PAL countries can display all SECAM tapes in color. Only if they are true SECAM and not MESECAM can those VCR's display SECAM.