Is HDMI and HDCP really the issue people are making it out to be? My understanding is that most PDP and LCDs are able to receive Hi Def, but unless they have the HDMI connector cannot be labelled HD ready. Component will carry a Hi Def signal albeit in analogue form, but that said the PQ will still be pretty good. The HDCP element only comes into play when recording. If you have the HDMI connector then the signal recognises your t.v. as a viewing device and so the content can be viewed. If it recognises the device as a recorder then my understanding is that HDCP will only let you make one recording of the content. If the programme transmitted is in the clear then there is no issue. I suspect that as Sky will also be transmitting via component they may well use some form of copy protection as they do now with Box Office. Either way, most owners of a panel without HDMI should not worry unduly.