Personally, I don't care if the wrong people are po'ed. Hopefully the holdup is that people are NOT buying into the fact that we will accept needing permission to run legally purchased software. The technology is impressive but the implications of where and when I can view software that I have legally purchased, are not in my best interests.
Also Hollywood has no real incentive to give us hd-dvds. They are currently enjoying the marketing success of dvd and will milk it for four or five more years while hdtv numbers grow. Compare it to the music industry. Records, then eight track, then Cosette, then cd, and now DVD-A and SACD. And if it weren't for Napster and the general public acceptance of MP3s as a music standard, their business model will have held up. And with cd sales down 10%, this has to have caught the eye of Hollywood and hence, a desire to monitor and control content. And we, as consumer's are caught in the middle.
Also, are people so naive to think the movie industry actually wants the computer industry in the movie business? This might explain the lack of movies available.
And Matt, I simply do not want my htpc connected to the Internet. It's not "bitching and moaning" as you put it, it is a conscientious choice that I make. I paid for the hardware and I paid for the software and I have to ask for permission to play it ???? You can also bet this thread is being closely monitored and it is public acceptance of this marketing scheme that is being put to the test, not if the public will buy into WMP9 hd-dvd or high definition content.