i know of the delay, read it on yahoo. retailers are mad cause they wanted it to drive holiday sales HD via Analog... Sure... But again... HD/SD and Analog/Digital are two different things. was not making it up .... read this link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-definition_television#Japan Japan Japan had pioneered HDTV for decades with an analog implementation. The old system is not compatible with the new digital standards. Japan terrestrial broadcast of HD via ISDB-T started in December 2003. It is reported that two million HD receivers have been sold in Japan already.