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There is a buzz on the Blu-Ray boards about 1080p24 output on the new Sony BD player. Having just recently realized what 3:2 pulldown judder is (I've seen it forever, just never thought much about it), I realized that this is another selling point that Sony may jump all over.
The 1080i outputs on the HD-A1 are a non-issue, as it makes no difference to anything but the most brain-dead HDTV, but it is the BD's main distinguishing point, at least until the HD-XA2.
Native 1080p24 output won't help 99% of the real world either -- YET. But, it will future-proof the player in the case of HDTV upgrades in the coming years. While we have all lived with 3:2 pulldown judder in movies forever, there is likely going to be a real difference in quality when it is removed. It isn't about resolution -- it's about perceived smoothness. I'm sure we've seen video-based nature HD shows on TV that have that smoothness. I do remember thinking "hey, that's smoother than a movie". It may make our HDTV experience more "real".
Will Sony et al. jump on this as a reason why BD is "better"? Will Toshiba or another company's player do 1080p24 native output anytime soon? I would hate to see people actually think BD is better picture quality, just because Toshiba stayed with the Broadcom chip too long!
Does the XA2 have 24p output capability? Oshodi's linked thread says so, then says no, then gets into a philosophical discussion. If the XA2 has 24p, the reason for this thread is a bit moot.