The blogosphere (e.g., Wired, P2PNet, and various comments appended thereto) was beginning to trash DirecTV and copy protection for HDTV signals. This following a post on Wil Wheaton's blog indicating that his HDTV failed to work when connected to DirecTV through a HDMI interface. Instead of crystal clear TV, he got a nasty message on all channels saying:
This program includes content protection restricts viewing on the television attached to your DIRECTV receiver's HDMI connector.
Following a suggestion from one commentator to unplug all the devices and reconnect and restart everything, the problem disappeared and Wheaton was able to enjoy his favorite programs.