I also don't truthfully think the dongle has any path to success but since gookie brought it up, I wanted him to have the opportunity to respond. Guess he's gone on to higher ground. I know the DVI Magic was real hot a few months ago but I'm not sure they're even available anymore. From everything I've read, these studios are pressing HDCP real hard and the FCC is already bought in. I think the ultimate goal is to envrypt everything [including PC operating systems] with copy protection and do away completly with analog audio/video as an option for any viewing except low level SD. The FCC wants to have all this take place by 2010 but the public isn't buying in as quickly as they thought they would. So they may have to move the date out again. The original date was 2006.
The only push back I know of is the only real power we all have, which is to just not buy in at all to this nonsense. That's what happened with mini-disks and digital compact cassettes in the early 90's. They just died on the vine due to lack of support from the buying public. But most people are just not willing to do that these days. So if you want HD, I'm afraid this is the hoop you'll have to jump through to get it. If you bought your TV back in 2001 to 2003, I shutter to think what you paid for it. And to think that it's obsolete after less than 5 years is just nuts. Putting that aside, if you're going to sell it and get something new, I'd do it quickly. Alternatively, you could just settle back, live with it, and let Blu Ray and HD-DVD make thier bones off someone elses pocket book. If enough people did that, I think the the message would get through loud and clear. I guess it's kind've your choice.