Over the past few days I've sent denon a number of emails questioning them about the possibility of upgrading the player in question to support Pure PAL Progressive picture outputs via their component video outputs. This involved asking them if any "Official" Denon firmware existed aswell as their viewpoint on multi-region upgrades and the necessity of releasing the product with a Progressive Scan Specification if it's not accessible to the people buying it. I received the following Two email replies from them. Hopefully this can clarify the situation with this DVD player somewhat (maybe clear it's name). Email One: Dear Sir "Thank you for your e-mail regarding Denon products. The DVD-2800II has had great reviews in the Hi-Fi press so we were disappointed to hear that you were having problems, firstly Denon UK does not support or get involved with Multi-region Issues we can only sell and support Region 2 units. The Denon DVD-2900 has just realised as a the first Japanese built Region 2 unit which will output PAL Pure Progressive picture. We are hoping that there will be an upgrade available for the DVD-2800II which will give a PAL Pure Progressive Signal out, it is to early to say when this will come into effect but Denon Japan are working on this. Regards Hayden Laboratories" I'm guessing the person who wrote that doesn't speak fluent english or was in a bit of a rush. To this I replied with questions of the idiocy of releasing a player who's specs we're not able to access without losing all support from the manufacturer themselves. Email Number Two: "Thank you for your e-mail regarding Denon Products. Denon can only support Region 2 playback in the UK as set out by the DVD-Forum when DVD was born, the NTSC side of the product is for the following reason : If you put a Region 2(Pal disc) into the DVD-2800II then press the NTSC button on the remote it will convert the PAL signal into a NTSC Pure Progressive signal via Component video output, the NTSC has no reference to Region 1 playback which Denon UK does not get involved with. Regards Keith Pradey Product Support for the Consumer Division" So there you have it. I personally had absolutely no idea the Denon players were capable of the PAL/NTSC Pseudo PAL progressive function. But at least this is suffice explanation to encourage people to do exactly what I advised in the first place - leave the firmware alone (and if you absolutely refuse not to - don't be so shocked when you ruin your player).