Christ, we're drowning in an ocean of overcomplication. Check out the recent DVDA shootout on the HCC website. Though I have had this player for a few short weeks I've had to send it back because its faulty. Nonetheless, the review comments that PAL can be downconverted to NTSC progressive. I haven't had time to check the manual to find out exactly what this means but I didn't notice it when I was setting the player up. Could this be a hidden feature of the player. If it is, is the playback quality any good?