I think the exact analogy is this. You hired a General Contractor to install a kitchen. The kitchen is installed, but during the process, the electrician decides that he'd do better across town wiring a bigger house in a better area. He quits on the GC. You've already paid the GC, in full.
Does the GC still owe you wires ? Yes. Can he get out of it saying "sorry, my electrician is gone and he took the only set of wiring plans with him ?" Not in any Court I've ever been in.
I know Sony looks at this as getting rid of a product they probably lost millions on, but given that most folks here would fit the hardcore AV enthusiast mold, consider.....
Each person on this board IS the guy or gal that the friends, co workers, golf buddies, etc rely upon for advice about AV. We've all gone to someone's house, cleared out a simple setting or two, and "fixed" someone's AV, even if over a beer. In marketing-speak, we are the Influencers.
You've just cheezed us all off, Sony.....I don't care about Rovi, this is YOUR responsibility....do you think anyone on this board will ever recommend any Sony product ever again ? I know that as my Sony stuff dies off, it will be replaced by your competition.