Had an eye-opening experience on New Year's Eve. I went to my friend's home where he demonstrated the new Malata DVD Player I don't know what I was more impressed over.... It was either the fact that he had tons of PAL discs like Southpark Seasons 1-4 complete and the black & white March of the Wooden Soldiers (far better than the shoddy U.S. colorized version). Or it was the fact that this player is loaded with features from Progressive scan to Region Free playback to PAL to NTSC converter. I just bought a Panasonic RP91 about two months ago and had it modified to play all regions as well as having Macrovision disabled. Now, I see a player that has PAL to NTSC conversion so I can order PAL discs from overseas. It's kind of sad that we have to resort to this kind of purchasing in order to get some great titles that are only available out of Europe, Japan and Australia. These include: Buffy TV Series (in a gorgeous boxed set that must be seen), The complete E.R. TV Series as well as Farscape and Dark Angel. I sat and watched all these discs play without a glitch on the Malata N996 player. In addition, it was wild to be able to manually scale down the ratio to compensate for overscan or other ratio problems. I just ordered mine and will have it shipped in about two weeks. Look forward to hearing from owners of this player.