I've recently been through my own little analog sunset hell and lived to tell the tale.
As it turns out, the ICT token is a load of rubbish for some manufacturers (Samsung in this case). My old DVD player (a nice reliable Toshiba progressive scan unit) that I had been using for years with a Benq projector started playing up (well, it was 8 or 9 years old) and I finally decided to take the leap into Blu Ray. It has, so far, been pretty much a disaster.
I did have a few bits of equipment that used HDMI (a WDTV Live and an LCD tv we use most of the time) but I was largely using the HDMI just for audio to a Denon receiver, with everything else going over component - it made it easier to switch between using the projector and the TV.
Anyway, the Samsung BD-D6900a player bought on run out flatly refused to put out anything except 576i over component. I mean anything. No blu ray, no DVD upscaling, nothing. Even the DTV tuner in it, when tuned to a local (Aus) HD station it still just spat out 576i no matter what you changed the internal settings to.
Sighing deeply, I hooked it up to the TV with HDMI cables. I then bought a converter box from Ebay (a HDFury equivalent, there are plenty to choose from). That box basically converts HDMI to component as long as you stick to 1080i max.
A cheap HDMI splitter after the Denon receiver and voila, I simply switch the TV off, switch the old projector on, I'm a happy camper.
What I am extremely unhappy about is the stupidity of Samsung in particular who clearly don't understand what "analog sunset" is supposed to mean in terms of the functionality they are legally still allowed to provide. I say: I am not ready to upgrade my projector and I'll keep using it until it's clearly not functional rather than being artificially crippled by these creeps.
To add insult to injury, some of the blu ray transfers on the limited number of blu disks I've bought are bloody awful, absolutely indistinguishable from an upscaled DVD on the LCD flat panel at native resolution. I didn't expect any great improvements on the projector (native resolution is only 1024x768) but the good ones are the best pictures I've seen on it, while the bad ones have been a waste of plastic.
Meanwhile, the pirates keep providing perfectly watchable copies of the movies regardless of all the rubbish restrictions these idiots are placing on ordinary punters like me, who have to go to fairly extraordinary measures just to watch content we already own in a format we want.
So that's my rant for the day: up yours Samsung, you useless idiots.