Actually, the proper term is burn-in. If you calibrate your black and white levels, and reasonably vary the content you watch, you don't have to worry about burn-in.
Copy protectionwill only affect premium channels (HBO, SHO), PPV, and probably HD-DVD. OTA HDTV will remain unencrypted, so there will be plenty of HD content to watch. And that's assuming that these schemes actually take hold (i.e. people buy into them) which still remains to be seen. People don't buy things that restrict what they can do with their equipment.
And as far as the future is concerned yes, I'm pretty sure that anything available five years from now will be ten times better than what we have now, but if you're going to be waiting for better equipment you'll never buy anything. Something better is always around the corner. In the meantime you'll be missing out on the good things we have TODAY.
[This message has been edited by vruiz (edited 08-20-2001).]