I guess the manufacturers are only interested in HD/HDMI, so may think component is a bit quaint. But that's my DVD players best output so I need to use it. Do we know if the new Panny 08 range has it? I hope it's not an easy cost cut for them to remove it. Btw, I was in Currys' today looking at the best of the 07 models. They had the LXD70 side by side with the Sony D3000. I have to say the Panny running a HDMI inputted test disc of some Pixar movie looked poor. The Sony running one of the Lord Of The Rings movies looked much better.