Sometimes there are happy endings. In my previous post, I was waiting on the Philips DVP5982 DVD player to come back from the service center.
10 working days and it is back and it works! The first one not only had the "DISPLAY CONNECTED NON-HDCP COMPLIANT" problem but it was very sluggish as well.
The replacement is quick to respond to the remote and the upconverting looks great.