Well I just sold my PS3 because I really don't play any games and wanted a stand alone player. I know bad timing with all the new updates that I never got to enjoy, Any way what Im concerned with is all the talk about every thing being obsolete after 10-31-07 in the BLU RAY camp. Im not really interested at all in the special features and extras like PIP, so is it safe to buy now? I just want the best PQ and audio I can get with 7.1 analog jacks. Im kina battling between the new PANNY or the new SAMMY. From what I have read it sounds like the audio goes to the PANNY and the video goes to the SAMMY. Im leaning more towards the Panasonic at the moment because of the free BR disks. Could some one tell me if they both can be updated with new firmware over the internet? And if PQ and sound quality will not be affected after 10-31-07 with the new BLU RAY releases. Thanks for any help in advance.