Seems to me while the HD-DVD vs. blue ray debate lingers, there may be some shaking out to do. MS's Ballmer states Windows Vista, the next gen OS system (in case you've been out of the country for a while) will not ship with blu-ray support, giving HD-DVD support the initial nod - it goes on to say it "may" be at a later time. The caveat being the platform with the most support in 12 to 18 months. That won't prevent a third party from developing an application for early adopter/computer HD viewers.
I recently placed an order for this monitor: Although the DX9 specification works, I believe DX10 will be required for Protected viewing of blu-ray/HD-DVD and while that may not be accurate, certainly to take advantage of all the depth of HD.
Anandtech has an early review of DX10 enabled cards, including the immense amount of power some of the DX 10 GPU will consume. The power supply companies will, no doubt, experience a windfall from the upgrades as a result of those of us who build and update systems.
I copied the following from the Nvidia help forum :
Blue-Ray/HD DVD playback issues with Dell 3007WFP and Hewlett Packard LP3065 30" LCD monitors
My PC is HDCP compliant. When I attempt to playback content protected Blu-Ray or HD-DVD movies on my Dell 3007WFP or Hewlett Packard LP3065 30" LCD monitor, I receive an error message that my PC is not HDCP compliant. How do I correct this?
The Dell 3007WFP and Hewlett Packard LP3065 30" LCD monitors require a graphics card with a dual-link DVI port to drive the ultra high native resolution of 2560x1600 which these monitors support. With the current family of NVIDIA Geforce 8 & 7 series HDCP capable GPU's, playback of HDCP content is limited to single-link DVI connection only. HDCP is disabled over a dual-link DVI connection. The highest resolution the Dell 30" 3007WFP supports in single-link DVI mode is 1280x800 and therefore this is the highest resolution which HDCP playback is supported in single-link DVI mode on current Geforce 8 &7 series HDCP capable GPU's. On other 3rd party displays with a native resolutions of 1920x1200 and below, the graphics card interfaces with the monitor over a single-link DVI connection. In this case, playback of content protected Blu-Ray and HD-DVD movies is possible on HDCP capable Geforce 8& 7 series GPU's.
There is some hope though: dv411(dot)com is selling converters which may provide the adaptation necessary for the giant monitors coming our way. The $450 price tag is steep, IMHO, but that doesn't mean there isn't already competition in the converter arena of that prices won't plummet once the converging technologies and trends gain momentum.