OK - I've done it. I talked to a very helpful engineer at the LOEWE factory in Germany (or rather, I listened while he talked in incredible detail... I got about 60% of it..! enough to answer my key questions) (see prev thread http://www.avforums.com/frame.html?http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?threadid=25662) As you might have guessed from reviews of their US models, their TV's DO HAVE a built in de-interlacer chipset (from Philips). Their TV's (including those with the previous vers. chassis - 2400) are set to automatically switch to ProScan on NTSC signals. The TV and the chipset are PHYSICALLY capable of working on PAL inputs to give ProScan... BUT the TV's are set at the factory NOT DO THIS. Rather they switch to 100Hz mode because of the 50Hz PAL frequency. As ProScan PAL would be 50Hz, they feel (and most of their customers would probably agree) subjectively that the flicker is too distracting and therefore (for many people) an inferior compromise... hence they go for the 100 Hz digital processing on PAL... and forego the possibility of showing it in ProScan (a user menu option would be nice to change the default for PAL also to ProScan... are you listening 'Hoeren Sie, Herr. LOEWE' ??!!) As mentioned by some people already on this forum - you CAN change it and REACTIVATE the de-interlacer for PAL inputs using the bit 1 (?) byte 3 thingy (? don't quote me...) in the service menu. Whether this Philips chipset is as good as the Silicon Image Si503 is another question. So if you're watching NTSC DVD's you're probably already watching in ProScan mode... whether you use a component or RGB Scart input from yr DVD player. it shoudl auto detect and show in ProScan. PAL disks (inputs) will be interlaced, 100Hz. If you want to use an external deinterlacer (Silicon Image iScan Pro) you need the VGA module. With the previous chassis (2400) the set would apparently only synch to NTSC 60 Hz signals... GOOD NEWS.. with the new 2500 chassis it should also synch to 50 Hz PAL signals !! Also. VGA "mode" kind of suggests that the picture will have 480 lines. whereas PAL signals has 576.. so I asked whether you'd lose part of the picture when feeding a PAL ProScan signal through the VGA. Apparently not - you should get it all. It's just a function of the screen geometry, which you can change (didn't ask if it would auto-detect and do it itself). Also - Using the VGA module, there's no further processing done to the signal (woopeeee !!). so all the horrible digital motion artefacts, smearing, picture crawl, etc etc should disappear. (whether the built in Philips de-interlacer also allows other digital processing to take place (when using NTSC signals through the normal AV inputs) and still cause some digital artefacts is another question) but using a external de-interlacer and the VGA module, it sounds like the signal goes straight to the electron guns in the CRT. I forgot to ask if they plan to include component inputs soon in Europe. Happy to have re-opened this one again !! Steve An Englishman in Switzerland. Auf Wiedersehen. PS - did you know that the German word for TV is "Fernsehen", which literally translated mean "Far See"... which seems strange at first, unless you know any Greek, then you'll know that the English word "Television" pretty much means the same thing. However the German word for 'nipple' is "Brüstwartz", which literally translated means "Breast warts". It kind of puts you off, doesn't it ? Thanks again to the helpful man at Loewe. Vielen dank und freundlichen Gruß.