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    Dolby is being licensed for games usage along with "other media"...however at home I use XBMC for my blu-rays/dvds...just gonna try and make it all external and attach to my tv rather than play through my laptop, and I am happy

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonofsanta View Post
    The licensing for DVD playback can't be that prohibitive by this point, surely?
    Yes.

    How much does it cost the PC ecosystem to play DVDs?
    Playing DVDs generally require MPEG-2 video compression and Dolby Digital (AC-3) audio. Even though it is possible to use other formats, the majority of commercial DVDs are encoded using these formats. In order to decode these formats, the playback device needs to be licensed to use these decoders. MPEG-2 decoder costs $2.00 per unit under current MPEG-LA terms. Dolby license is an additional cost that varies by the technology licensed, the type of device, and unit volume. While not related to Windows, Blu-Ray would be an additional cost on top of these. So when you add all this up and apply to all Windows PCs, it is an ongoing cost of hundreds of millions of dollars per year to the PC ecosystem, well over a billion dollars over the lifecycle of the operating system and yet by most predictions the majority of PCs will not even be capable of playing DVDs. (Source)

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