just received my oppo today and hooked up pic was really good. Calibrated tv(samsung dlp) and then tweaked with dvd settings. The picture is pretty darn close to hd channels,not quite, but i do think as good as hbo and hdnet movies. I checked out sharks tale and lotr-return of the king. both were fantastic and while hd dvd players are coming , i have seen vhs,dvds both take extreramly long to be where they ended up.The player has the new firmware and i see no shimmering,lip sync is perfect(and thats with samsung dlp). I also don't see any missing pixels on the sides. The only complaint i have is that what little i tried the zoom, it isn,t very good.but i never use it anyway. The upscaling is very evident. Everything is sharper and i noticed quite a few things in pic i never did before. The strange thing is on my satelitte box the picture was better outputting 1080 i and let my tv convert to 720p.On the oppo quite a bit better on 720p. For a 199 well worth the money.