I, for one, would be happier if "the existing infrastructure" could catch up to Nvidia. I would autoejaculate if ATI got onboard the VDPAU train instead of saying, "NIH (Not Invented Here), so here's our crappy Xvba implementation."
And for intel users, there should be massive work on a gallium driver, though I'm not seeing a whole lot of commits there...
Santa, where are you?!