1. 5C. Will it be our link to high quality HD like the consumer wants, or will it be the demise of Digital TV?
It may be the demise of Digital TV. The people that dreamed up 5C were so shortsighted they forgot who butters their bread. When and If, 5C and DVI interfaces become so common that they can actually down res "special" copyrighted material(as if there was something different)when trying to access it with something else, broadcasters, producers, hollywood, and everyone else in the chain will loose money. The rollout of HDTV hardware, content, and delivery will slow WAY down and the consumer will be the one that pays the ultimate price. Kill the DTV movement? Maybe. Is there a work around for the consumer? Of coarse, That is why this is so frustrating! They will spend years of slowdown on rollout of HDTV and the consumer will bypass it in 1 day. This reminds me of George Lucus not releasing Star Wars stuf on DVD. GEORGE pull your head out! get your money while you can(or before someone in Taiwan does). People will buy it on HD too!
Death to DTV? probably not, but years of unnessesary rollout issues.
2. What will bring on HDTV the fastest?
Cable "must carry"! Although having more options is good for the consumer, the american public is addicted to cable. Why? I have no idea. I guess people like the idea of having someone in charge. Who do they have to turn to when their signals not coming in with an antenna? Only themselves(to lazy to go up on the roof). I know this sounds ridiculous but like I said before we're addicted to cable. Solution? Make the cable companies carry, then you 'll see more hardware, better penatration and an HDTV snowball that NO ONE can stop.
3. Who's really gonna make the money?
Well at least for the next decade the people selling the merchadise. They are the link to the public for product and knowledge. Is HDTV plug and play? NO, and neither were computers. Look what kind of money has been made by people selling computers, support, and knowledge. The HDTV trough will be tapped too. Circut City is finally getting it. A year ago their HDTVs were in the back of the store. Today, they're up front. Someone finally realized they only have to sell 1 HDTV to make the profits of 10 analog TVs. If their $8 an hour sales force only hade some actual training about HDTV they could actually capitalize on that too. They will...follow the $$$$.