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    SECAM means quentiel couleur à mémoire and is french for "Sequential Color with Memory".

    It  is a way of encoding colour information in the analog TV signal like PAL or NTSC.
    The colour information itself is the same as in the PAL norm.

    The resolution and refresh-rate of SECAM analog signals are the same as PAL analog signals: 576i meaning 576 vertical lines with 50 interlaced half-frames per second.
    So in digital broadcasting (DVB) or media (DVD) there is no difference in the digital data between PAL and SECAM!

    Nevertheless we speak e.g. of "PAL-DVDs" to differentiate them from "NTSC-DVDs".
    The different DVD labels relate mostly to the different refresh rate (50Hz PAL vs. 59.94Hz NTSC) usually accompanied by a different vertical resolution (576 lines PAL vs. 480 lines NTSC)

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