Missing from the article is the "small detail" that VA-API is, of now, the only library to implement an API for video encoding too. So all the big lists in the article are all about video decoding only.
Why recommend an NVidia GPU for htpc? It's overkill when Intel's on die GPUs have more than enough power to decode any 1080p you're likely to throw at it. I'm using a Clarksdale Core i3 and it works great with xbmc.
Too much of my collection is blu ray to go Linux. I tried to have a Windows-based HTPC a couple of years ago, but blu ray was even fairly bad on that as it struggled with even simple tasks like fast-forward, rewind and pause -> resume. In the end I gave in and got a dedicated player. I love blu ray, but it's a godawful format for portability and open standards and keeps me from using PCs for HTPC use.
For my HTPC I am not going to bother with video acceleration and I am just going to use a fairly low-power and cool running Sempron CPU for handling everything. It plays 1080p just fine and it cuts down on most of the hassle of getting the thing setup.
I also know the feeling kaprikawn, but we just went the opposite - no good open standards, no bluray.
What other choice is there? BD is the only HD format being sold nowadays.
I don't think ignoring it is the right way to go. Instead if we all did our part to negate DRM as much as possible we would be better off.. Whether it be coding up solutions or bug testing someone elses solutions. I mean I personally would love to have my entire collection in HD.