I have a SONY DVD player that plays VCDs as well. I was wondering if the artifact thing was commonplace or if it was because my DVD player isn't reading the discs correctly. I remember when the set came out about a year ago that some said the picture quality was in line with the VHS. I don't find that to be true at all. Whenever there is a lot of motion on the screen there are a ton of artifacts or distortion.

Does anyone else have this problem with their VCDs?

One other question... if I can play the VCDs, which are PAL encoded and not NTSC, should I be able to play PAL DVDs??