The fact is that no one knows just how this will turn out.
On one hand, you have the opinion that in the near future many premium programing sources (cable, DBS) will only have digital copy protected output. The idea is to protect the content owners from illegal bootleg activity.
On the other, you have the opinion that the public will not stand for restriction of their existing fair use rights, and will not buy equipment that makes obsolete the 2 million plus HDTV's owned by North American consumers.
For a different opinion than your article, get a copy of Stereophile Guide To Home Theater, March/April 2002 issue and read the Defining Visions column by Joel Brinkley.
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