Re: Was it actually better than VHS or not?
there was a technical difference in the PAL 625 lines system for colour stability.(something to do with phase and alternate lines?)
NTSC simply modulates the two colour components onto the carrier 90o out of phase; any phase errors in the demodulation means you have errors on the chroma.
PAL inverts the phase every alternate line - so as long as your phase errors are consistent between adjacent lines, the error is trivially corrected.