I should have made my question a little clearer. I know that the copy protection is disabled, so that is not an issue, but say I have a blu-ray drive and I use software to rip the blu-ray disc to my HDD. Other than the HDCP are there any other limitations, like hardware limitations of playing back that hi-def content on my normal VGA crt monitor (like resolution, refresh, etc.) or similarly outputting that playback to a standard def TV via s-video? I mean I know it won't look near as good as it does on a hi-def screen, but I don't have one yet but I wanted to buy the hardware now and have it be useful now, then later when I get an HD tv, have it be functional then too. If I can't use the drive now, I will just wait until I buy and HD tv, but if I can use the drive now, I will buy it now.
Sorry didn't make it clearer the first time.