Actually, there was a thread on the HDTV Programming forum wherein they were discussing the fact that there were a lot of discussions about specific local channels, and wondering if those threads should be broken out to a separate forum. This led into the fact being noted that there was a lot of RPTV and direct-view HDTV talk in the HDTV Hardware forum, and maybe those should be broken out as well. I think these fora were created less to get people out of certain areas, but more to make looking for information easier. For example, if I post a question about a 43-inch Toshiba HD RPTV on HDTV Hardware, it could drop way down on the page while several people discussing the ins and outs of various STBs drop in and post, leaving me to either 'bump' the message or hope that a kind person who tries to read every thread comes in and answers my question; conversely, if a lot of people post RPTV questions, then STB discussions can be neglected.
Overall, I think this is a smart way to do it...not only for the reasons above, but because we all have our preferences and needs in terms of which displays we are interested in, and this makes it a lot easier.
Then again...Those of us interested in RPTVs and direct-view sets ARE probably in lower tax brackets.....RICH FP/PLASMA SNOBS! ;)