Some of the recent videos and articles I've seen suggest that the only way to buy Ether will be via BTC transfers. I asked before, but didn't get a direct answer: Will it be possible to buy Ether using other payment methods such as credit card, certified cheque, etc.? If it makes a difference, I live in Canada.
I think it is important to make this clear as early as possible, because, ironically, people are probably going to have to sign up to a centralized Bitcoin exchange, and get verified, some time in advance, if they need to make a significant purchase of BTC in order to participate in the Ether offering. I have already, reluctantly, started to do this, though I was hoping that more open, and less onerous, options for purchasing bitcoin would become available before now.