I know, for HTPC enthusiasts this a dumb question but stay with me for a moment.
I'm at a transition stage where I'm trying to decide how to upgrade my basic home theatre from a DVD player and receiver to one where I can browse the internet and record multi-channels TV and play recorded media.
I see two ways of going. An all in one htpc with/or separate/ Bluray player or the discrete path with separate pvr, BR player, Home-server like a WD World External hard-drive, along with a Western Digital WDTV Live HD Media Player or the likes.
So finally, to my question, does the Bluray player in a htpc have to have HDCP to play, or to put it another way if it doesn't would the other components such as the receiver and hdtv recognise that and refuse to play the disc?
Please feel welcome to comment with your thoughts about my question and the whole idea of discrete or htpc especially in light of the new micro computers on the market such as the Asus Eee Box EB1501 which is rumoured to be bringing out a Bluray version.