I don't usually read it, but I may pick it up just for the article (I've been keeping an eye on the reviews of the card, which have finally begun trickling now that their supplier has sufficient stocks to begin mass production).
If the FCC would just chill out and not try to force things, it would be a very interesting time for the HTPC. We have very powerful, cheap computers that can handle multiple HD streams. We have a single card that can use a single $3/month card to decrypt 4 simultaneous HD streams (my TWC-supplied DVR can only do two). We have a $49 dongle that turns our iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad into a full-featured touch screen remote. The XBox 360 is cheap (the non-slim Arcade can be had for around $100) and works perfectly as a media center extender (change channels on the central HTPC, modify recordings, etc). Other Win7 boxes can view recorded TV via home groups. I know where my toy money is going for a while!