I totally agree that if we don't need compression of any sort then we're in great shape. I also agree that DTS 96/24 is far closer to MLP in SQ and both are possibly inferior to 'raw' PCM at 96/24 (Bob Stuart may beg to differ though as lossless is lossless). However, you'd mentioned in your earlier post the standard DD and DTS which are definitely different to MLP or PCM.
Most likely, NONE of the HD players will include MLP decoding.
Given your history (for which much respect is due as one of the pioneers of the genre) I'd hope you would acknowledge the gripe here that if the new generations of machines won't play the MLP layer, then it's a very poor show. A bitter taste for those like me that did wholeheartedly try and support the DTS/MLP formats over the last 5 years or so. The only option is to always keep the old machines in the rack for the purpose. 8-Tracks, DATS, Betamax...you name it.