It seems like copy protection issues are really going to spoil our chances of inovative products in Europe. Philips were set to release their progressive scan DVD player the DVD1000 later this year. This is an excellent machine incorporating the most sophisticated de-interlacer on the market, Philips call it the Natural Motion processor. It has the ability to estimate the true motion in a video signal and generate new motion compensated frame rates. The DVD1000 would have given you the option of converting 24fps movie DVDs to 60fps progressive without 3:2 pulldown at all. (PAL 25fps would convert to 50fps) These aren't repeat frames but new motion frames, elliminating 3:2 pulldown and motion judder. The DVD1000 included interlaced and progressive component outputs and a progressive VGA output. Unfortunately, since designing this player, the copyright holders of DVD content are keen that all outputs on consumer electronic video equipment has some form of copy protection. There is no copy protection system for PAL 625 line progressive and none for VGA output, so Philips has decided to remove the DVD1000 from its product line for the time being and introduce the DVD1010 instead. This player is similar to the DVD1000 but has the progressive scan function and VGA output removed. Quite frankly, I believe none of this copy protection or progressive Vs interlaced matters to video pirates who can easily remove Macrovision, will have the equipment to copy as they wish, will gain no advantage in progressive scan video and will most likely be interested in direct digital copies via personal computer. I find that this naïve and undue paranoia on the part of the copyright holders not only fails to address the reality of pirated video but does nothing other than limit good product features and development. I sincerely hope that the consumer electronics manufacturers and the DVD forum come up with a sensible solution to these copy protection issues very soon. We find ourselves in the rediculous and lementable situation whereby flagship progressive scan DVD players from Sony, Pioneer et al released into a PAL market have their PAL progressive outputs disabled and another removing its product altogether! Copy protection for a VGA output! Now who is going to use progressive VGA to pirate DVDs?