I don't know what all the fuss is about. Yeah, I would like to have some sort of HD player and recorder with removable media. But here is why I don't think the time is yet right to buy... 1) there's not going to be a wide choice of movies, 2) Blu-Ray vs. HD DVD format war, 3) I understand the new recorders will not be able to record any better resolution than what we have now, 4) I understand that the studios may not allow full HD resolution on selected titles (I'm not sure if I understand the logic on this), 5) why sweat spending boo coos of money on the above when you've got a good choice of HD movies on HDNet, HBO, Showtime, etc.
The studios and equipment manufacturers have an initially bad business model going in. Give it a few years and maybe they will have their act together.