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4th May 2012, 12:51 PM #1
No DVD Playback in W8
It seems that Microsoft have decide not to include native DVD playback functinallity in W8 Media Center: Making Windows Media Center available in Windows 8 - Building Windows 8 - Site Home - MSDN Blogs
To be fair, I use Total Media Theater as I have a Blu-Ray/HD DVD combo drive, but it looks as if if you don't have a third party package/codec then it's not lookign good. Besides, does anyone use their media PC to watch DVDs?
Windows Media Player will continue to be available in all editions, but without DVD playback support. For optical discs playback on new Windows 8 devices, we are going to rely on the many quality solutions on the market, which provide great experiences for both DVD and Blu-ray.
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4th May 2012, 01:02 PM #2
I do but it isn't windows, I should imagine a goods few people will.
Besides, does anyone use their media PC to watch DVDs?
4th May 2012, 01:02 PM #3
Not in my Home use, as I use a streaming service, but in all the schools I support quite a lot of Teachers still use DVDs.
4th May 2012, 01:07 PM #4
Won't make a difference at the school level for us - we're unlikely to go Windows 8, and we're on Windows XP now which doesn't have DVD support anyway.
For home use? I use VLC anyway!
4th May 2012, 01:16 PM #5
The licensing for DVD playback can't be that prohibitive by this point, surely? Seems odd to deliberately gimp a product.
4th May 2012, 01:30 PM #6
Funny that this comes after the recent H.264 codec war between MS an Google. Reckon their auditors spotted something?
I do use Media Player though because I find it to be a very good product. I've kept an open mind on MS related things over the years and even have IE9 at home. I'd use Linux but the last time I tried getting DVDs to work, I had to battle with installing libraries or ironically pay to download the codecs from the store. Either way my PC's primary task is a gaming rig so until I can download and run any game I want from Steam with the same quality and performance as Windows, I can't use anything but Windows.
4th May 2012, 01:37 PM #7
There are a few good points on this article on The Register. Particularly where it point out a the top that more and more people use services such as NetFlix and other online streaming services. Many though still have large DVD libraries at home and in places such as schools where teachers laptops are used for the playback of teaching materials via DVD it could prove interesting!
Last edited by Dos_Box; 4th May 2012 at 03:14 PM.
4th May 2012, 03:12 PM #8
This just makes me want to scream. I remember what a PITA it was with XP having to manage different editions of OEM-supplied DVD software (PowerDVD, how I loathe thee). VLC is fine for playback but nothing beats Media Player for simplicity. This seems like a backwards step made too early, given the amount DVDs are still used.
I was already annoyed at Media Center being removed in all editions (we use it all the time at home), and this just makes me even more irritated. I'd be willing to bet the planned "Windows 8 Media Center Pack" isn't something we can buy in bulk and deploy either.
I hate to admit it, but the case for us upgrading is getting weaker with every announcement at the moment.
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4th May 2012, 03:15 PM #9
I do wonder what Apple are going to do in their PR department with this news?
'Mac, it just works. AND plays DVD's!'
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mac_shinobi (5th May 2012)
4th May 2012, 03:18 PM #10
Considering they are slowly but surely eliminating DVD drives from their machines... So it'd be a bit of a backfire if they tried it and then removed DVD players from iMacs.
Originally Posted by Dos_Box
4th May 2012, 03:25 PM #11
The days are numbered for optical media
If you want to stay ahead of the curve, ditch your old dvd's.
4th May 2012, 03:26 PM #12
I don't like it but its true. Although I have just bought 63 Stargate SG1 DVDs...
Originally Posted by CyberNerd
4th May 2012, 03:33 PM #13
It's a good point. I have folders full of downloaded installers, ISO's and varous media files of differing formats. I can't recall the last time I really installed anything off CD\DVD apart from operating systems. My current pet hate is some of the games the kids pay on the media PC at home are on DVD that must be in the drive when you play them. Because they are kids games there are no 'no-cd' hacks for them. I really must get around to ripping them to ISO's and mounting them locally.
4th May 2012, 05:40 PM #14
Not sure, but I bet once you start adding decoders for Blu-ray (and its successor next year), the licensing costs will soon add up.
Originally Posted by sonofsanta
DVD: MPEG-2, AC3 & DTS, CSS
Blu-ray: H.264/VC-1/MPEG-2, AC3, TrueHD, DTS, DTS-HD Master Audio, AACS, BD+, Cinavia
Ultra HD Blu-ray: HEVC + even more audio formats and DRM
4th May 2012, 07:50 PM #15
Microsoft have licensed Dolby Digital Plus for Windows 8 however.
Dolby Digital Plus 5.1-channel decoding and Dolby Digital two-channel encoding will be supported in all PCs and tablets licensed to run Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, and Windows RT editions. (Source
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