I guess I'm just looking for a reality check here. I have a Pio DV59-avi Universal DVD player that I used to run with my HLN series DLP until I recently upgraded to the HLT-5089. (What a difference by the way!!)
So anyway, in the past, I used to hook up my DVD player to the HLN with an HDMI to DVI cable and it always was able to display PAL discs (even anamorphic) although to be fair, there was a bit of occasional frame tearing that was just because the HLN's were clearly not set up to display PAL and yet, it was liveable, and made it nice to be able to watch the occasional disc when there was no other choice. (Lost Highway/Spaced/Palin travels/etc.)
However, now that I have tried to play a PAL disc on the HLT, it just flat out says "Non-Supported Mode" and stays on a black screen. Even just the DVD title menu won't display. Nada. (Interestingly, even if I hit stop on the DVD player and try to just bring up the DVD player's native on-screen menu to fiddle with the choices, I can't). In short, the HLT won't leave "Non-Supported Mode" and display any Pio screen or internal menu until I take the disc out.
So, while I was pretty sure that I wouldn't be able to display PAL in it's pristine format, I guess I'm a bit surprised that this seems to be a step backwards from the HLN's capabilities of at least being able to display the video stream to some extent.
I've only tried with the HDMI-HDMI cable thus far, but would it matter if I tried via an analog source like S-Video or does anyone have any backstory to understand what my options are, if any...?
P.S. I'll save my followup question for the DVD Player board but I wonder if the Oppo 981-HD would solve the problem as it appears to convert PAL-NTSC in-player although I hope I don't have to buy a new DVD player to make this work. Especially in that the Pio 59-avi has been such a wonderful transport and it's firewire connection to my receiver makes it a perfect direct source for SACD and DVD-Audio.