Now that the major manufacturers seem to have agreed on an HD-DVD standard, dubbed Blu-Ray, it won't be long before HD-DVD players become available. More disturbing is the fact that the new HDCP and DTCP standards (visit the Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity at www.hometheaterhifi.com for details) leave almost all current pioneering owners of HDTV displays out to dry. The standards do not allow for full HDTV resolution on analog outputs, the only kind which late model consumer TVs can handle. Having purchased a Mitsubhishi HDTV-ready RPTV last Christmas, this dirty little secret kept from consumers by the MPAA...vexes me. But all isn't lost, especially for consumers who have waited this long already. Shouldn't this be the one year in recent home theater history when you ought to postpone your purchases, both hardware and software, until true digital hi-def arrives? Isn't it clear that studios are going to milk the very same consumer cows who support DVD by re-releasing their libraries when HD-DVD becomes available soon? And while HDTVs have decreased in price substantially, the large sets warranted by a proper home theater still represent a significant expense for the average consumer. Why buy a TV now that doesn't support the new and restrictive digital standards around the corner?