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You asked a very good question. It's a sensitive subject on the plasma forum, possibly because the competing technology (LCD) features this processing. The replies seem more interested in bashing the feature with the "SOA" pejorative than actually addressing your inquiry. So, I'll ask it again myself:
Plama-istas, enlighten us: Can you name a plasma display that performs Frame Interpolation (FI, aka SOA)? To be clear, we're talking about motion interpolation, not oversampling pulldown (i.e., 4:4 True Cinema, etc.) that corrects for 24 fpi/30 fpi film syncing issues.
I've never quite understood all of the hate directed at FI. The most common shibboleths -- "It's creating artificial images," "It's too real" -- didn't seem to be problems back in the early HD days when everyone welcomed Line Interpolation (aka "upconverting") DVD players.
For the record, I own a Pioneer plasma and an LG 3-D. Love the Frame Interpolation (SOA). (Love the passive 3-D too, so I would probably be excommunicated from the Purist church.) Yes, it changes the look of old films -- for the better, IMHO, as if they'd been freshly restored. (And no, I didn't think Colorization of B/W was a step forward.)