I had the blue smear over 65% of my screen. It's warranty ran out in Dec. of '06. I had given up on it and was planning on buying another PJ. On a lark, I got a RMA from Sony's online site. I got A UPS label for $12 and shipped it to them on 9/7. I followed up and tracked the RMA on their site. On 9\\17 the site said it would cost me $2239.85 to fix my projector. I called Laredo and spoke to a nice lady on the phone and asked her about the charge. Okay everybody here's what she said. "Oh that's a mistake, we'll fix if for you under warranty" I asked how much she said.....wait for it...NOOOOOOO CHARRRRRRRRGE! When I could breathe again, I asked what about my expired warranty, she "No really, you pay nothing." I asked about shipping it back, She said you should have it by the end of the week......no charge. Lo and behold, UPS deliverd my projector on 9/20. Ladies and gentlemen, I highly reccommend, if your HS-51 has a case of the "Blue Meanies", jump on this ASAP, cause Sony has never been that known for it's customer service and this all may be a fluke. Any way YMMV but my PJ is throwing a beautiful image and I couldn't be happier.