So this would mean that within the next 30 days, we should be able to have judder-free HD DVD film reproduction when coupling an XA2 with a JVC RS-1.....?
A word of caution here. I suggest those that are anticipating this feature that have not yet either seen 1080/24p or compared it to 1080/60p try to temper your enthusiasm. I have a Sony Pearl projector which, for those that don't know, not only accepts a 24Hz signal, but also refreshes at an even multiple of 24, in this case 96Hz, which is necessary to exact any benefit from 24Hz output. I have also had a Pioneer, a Sony, and most recently, the LG combo hooked up to the Pearl to test and evaluate 24Hz playback. In the case of the LG, I have tested 24Hz with both Blu-ray and HD DVD.
My opinion of this feature is that it is only marginally beneficial. While 24Hz playback from HD DVD and Blu-ray is very slightly smoother than, for instance, 1080/60p from the XA2, it is a subtle difference at best, and can only be noticed on particular camera motion (slow horizontal pans). Much of the time, there is no visible difference at all. The important point to remember is 24 fps does NOT provide perfectly smooth pans, no matter what the refresh rate. It just isn't a high enough frame rate for that.
This is not to say I don't welcome Toshiba working to offer this feature to HD DVD owners. Every bit of image quality improvement should be the design goal of both formats. More and more displays are being designed to take advantage of 24Hz playback, so it will become a more important selling feature for HD DVD. However, folks should understand that the actually visible improvement is not that great.