(sanndevil @ Feb 28 2006, 09:21 AM)
Kind of! The concept of frames per second isn't really correct for television signals - the misunderstandings have occurred because a generation of computer users have got used to software packages such as Adobe Premier saying choose "25fps PAL or 30fps NTSC". But this is simplistic and basically incorrect.
TV signals in this country are interlaced on a 625 line screen at 50Hz. That means the picture is painted by an electron beam which paints the top row, then skips a row, then paints the next row, then skips a row. When it gets to the bottom, it starts again from the top row + 1, then row + 3, thus filling in the alternate rows. This painting happens 50 times a second (i.e. 50Hz), so basically the odd rows and even rows get refreshed 25 times each, so effectively the entire picture is refreshed 25 times a second. However, many people complain that there is flickering between the odd and even rows - a shortcoming of the interlaced system. There is no concept of 'frames' in this model - because somewhere in the picture a row is always being repainted.
When it comes to broadcasting 24fps films, someone realised that 25 refreshes a second with 50Hz is very close to 24fps, so yes, they are just broadcast 'as is' after being converted to digibeta tape (or whatever) which means they run slightly fast, and of course the sound is at a slightly higher pitch.
Hope that made sense!