I have been in the market for a new plasma for a while now and it was only after immersing myself in such forums like this that I can finally say I am in a better position (than before) to make an informed decision and also running into fellow lovers of AV who point you to new sources of info/technology. Anyway, I have decided to put off my purchase till at least end of this year because of the advent of DVI/HDMi and i thot I just share some interesting literature on this which was pointed out to me by someone else with similar passion for AV. I am hoping that some experts out there can share more info and give your opinions on this post Basically DVI/HDMI are "new" interfaces( to connect sources like DVD's, STBs,computers to display devices like HDTVS, plasmas, LCOS, LCDs etc...pretty much like component inputs, scarts, S-videos are interfaces to connect to and from etc. Diff here is that in their purest form, these connections allow for pure uncompressed passage of materials between sources and displays all in digital. No analog to digital conversions. The catch, equipment will need DVI/HDMI ports and these ports need to be HDCP compliant, a control measure to prevent copyfright infringements so having a DVI/HDMI port alone without it being able to be HDCP compliant would mean you get no pics' DVI is digital visual/video interface and HDMI is the replacement of DVI High definition Multimedia interface...which is set to replace DVI interfaces by Q3 2003 or before years end. It allows for greater bandwidth and also can carry both audio and video signals. Again both these interfaces allow for pure uncompressed resolutions for HD sources, similar to component but with more clarity give it is digital and component is still analog at best. DVI=720P,1080i HDMI-=720P,1080i,1080P HD DVD is still some time away cuz Hollywood probably worried (Is suspect) about copy infringements but with HDCP protection in equipment, old rules can be rewritten and higher resolution can soon be a reality. How long till we see DVI/HDMI a std connection...not sure for some reason in UK, manufacturers were even slow in introducing component inputs on displays like TV whilst in places like Asia Autsralia etc they are even common in SD TVs!! I have had my eyes on the Hitachi PD42- d3000 and recently posted a question to them about their DVI interface on the screen. I am still waiting for an answer...remember the DVI interfaces need to be HDCP compliant and in order to view HD materials another std also needs to be fulfilled(PLS GO TO LINKS AT BOTTOM OF POST TO SILICON IMAGE SITE)...hence when buying ask for these future proof interfaces and ask about them....it could be a mere 6mths to a year before this technology becomes common place and we are stuck with yesterday technology once more...of course then a whole bunch of new stuff could be worth waiting for again....tough reality of technology... but make informed decisions. For me these interfaces are the way to go.... Companies like Samsung have released HD DVD which upconverts 480i to 720P and 1080i....I am pretty the player will have a HDMI/DVi interface to connect to the display http://www.samsung.com/Products/DVDPlayer/Pro_EndDVD/DVDPlayer_Pro_EndDVD_DVD_HD1000.htm I think its just a matter of time before other mfgers follow suit and also in no time we will see HD-DVD given that it can be protected effectively by having all digital interfaces then adding protoocols/controls to that technolgy so nothing gets copied. I know many will disagree with me waiting for this technology...I am not here to sway or make decsions just to share info I recently ran into and that has changed my buying decision. It really doesn't hurt that the technology that i am waiting for will is like at best end of the year....and also would future proof to some extent a purchase of some 3k pounds!! Some other websites which will explain further the DVI/HDMI technology: http://www.siliconimage.com/home.asp Look under: HDMI Interface: The Next A/V Standard DVI and HDMI: Interfaces for a New Age Need help on buying guides to buying a Plasma, CRT etc go to: http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/volume_10_1/feature-article-shopping-for-a-new-tv-3-2003.html REALLY GOOD info too Hope this helps, those who are more knowledgable about these interfaces pls help contribute to the knowledge base Cheers!!