I was considering signing back up to DirecTV as I still have my dish on the roof... guess I know what I'll be putting on ebay this weekend instead.
cory_g on arstechnica.com
Not really a problem
You have to have a really old HDTV for it to not have HDCP. I'm impressed there are still some left that are still working.
IntergalacticWalrus on arstechnica.com
Heck, even some pre-HDMI TVs supported HDCP. My old HD tube supported HDCP over DVI. I would guess that the number of users affected here is pretty small.
dtremit on arstechnica.com
And bypassing the HDMI output via component cables also runs afoul of some DRM schemes, so don't expect that to work for everything.