"Widespread" is exaggerated i think, but as long as hdmi exists, there were handshake issues here and there, with any brand. What i can suggest is to find another PS3(friends, ect) and see what happens.
I would bring both the ps3 and the tv to best buy and show them the issue. There are plenty of other tv's and ps3s there where you can prove your point. Not being able to connect to your tv via hdmi is a big problem.
Also this doesn't seem like a widespread issue bc this is the first time I have heard of this. Anyone else w a ps3 have this issue per an unscientific poll?
I vote one for no as my old ps3 works perfectly w my ps3. Knock on wood. :-(