Originally Posted by lalithaparam
Is this true. Does the new panny do the p>i>p conversion. Thanks for any replies. I am aware that the panny does not accept 108024 input but only 1080p60.
Yes, this is true. The Pio PRO-FHD1 is the only current plasma that will accept a 1080p24 input and display it at 1080p72. Since 72 is an even multiple of 24, each frame can be shown three times in a 3:3 pulldown, which should be smoother than the 3:2 pulldown needed to display it at 1080p60. (Whether you will be able to see the difference or not is another question.)
Since the Panny does not accept 1080p24, you won't be depending on the TV to do the conversion. It will take a 100p60 input and display it at 1080p60. The conversion from 1080p24 to 1080p60 must be done by the HD DVD or Blu-Ray player (or an external scaler). So, you're question about whether it involves a p>i>p conversion is really one to look at when you choose the player.
The first generation Samsung Blu-Ray player does not have the capability to output 1080p24, only 1080p60 (or 1080i). In its conversion to 1080p60, this player does the p>i>p conversion, which may or may not be one of the causes of the picture quality softness complaints. Note that this problem exists regardless of whether or not you feed the signal to the Pio PRO-FHD1 or the Panny, since it cannot output the 1080p24 that the Pio is capable of accepting.
Bottom line -- for the Pio, it would make sense to look for a player that can output the 1080p24 directly. For the Panny, look for a player that can output 1080p60 with a good 3:2 pulldown capability, and that does not first convert to 1080i, then back to 1080p.