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Old 05-04-2012, 08:55 AM   #1
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Windows 8 loses Media Player support for DVD

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Microsoft has decided to rely on outside software in an effort to increase its profit margin so unless you have said software its no DVD playback for you.
Microsoft today revealed that it is removing support for DVD and Blu-ray playback in Windows 8, with Windows Media Player being the offending program in question.

Writing on a Windows 8 blog President of Windows Division Steven Sinofsky revealed that all versions of Windows 8 would come with Windows Media Player but would not allow the playback of DVDs of Blu-rays.

"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."

He goes on to explain that their reasoning for this decision is based on the changing face of digital media citing the growth of online media platforms as a key decider.

"On the PC, these online sources are growing much faster than DVD & broadcast TV consumption, which are in sharp decline (no matter how you measure—unique users, minutes, percentage of sources, etc.)."

Of course this doesn't mean you won't be able to play DVDs at all, it simply means that the responsibility for this feature has now fallen on the manufacturers who will need to pre-load software that does support playback.
I can see the sense in this, although given they're licensing WMP separately for an additional fee it probably would have made more sense to have it as an option.

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Old 05-04-2012, 11:43 AM   #2
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That is a BIIIIIIIIIG Mistake IMO. Telling us we (M$) are no loger interested in what you the consumer wants is bound to backfire - I don't think consumers are ready to ditch DVD like the content providers think we are.
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Does this mean wmp won't support ripped DVD Vobs as well? Hmmm
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Interesting. Doesn't affect me because I've been using PowerDVD for all my DVD and blu-ray PC watching for a while anyway.
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Interesting. Doesn't affect me because I've been using PowerDVD for all my DVD and blu-ray PC watching for a while anyway.
Same here. Unlike WMP PowerDVD has the ability to play raw .m2ts files and that's a necessity for me.
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I finally made the move to WMC and set up a Media Center PC and now that I have everything simplified they are going to take away functionality - no thanks.
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Don't forget that before Windows Vista, DVD playback was an additional cost. We are just reverting back to that. It was pretty hard to buy a name brand PC with A DVD after about 1999 that didn't include cyber link or something like that.
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Microsoft's "Building Windows 8" Blog

Making Windows Media Center available in Windows 8

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Metro style apps can use any of the decoders included in Windows. These decoders are optimized for system reliability, battery life, and performance, and cover all key playback scenarios for mainstream content such as YouTube video, Netflix video, Amazon audio/video, H.264 web browsing/streaming, Hulu video, MP4 video, AVCHD video from camcorders, Ultraviolet video, and the HTML5 video tag. Metro style apps can also include additional decoders (such as FLAC, MKV, OGG, etc.) in their apps package for use within the apps.
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From what friends at Microsoft have told me there will be many add ons in the Windows App store that will allow many customizations for windows 8 including playback of many video format codeks. Many for a small fee like you see in the iTunes store.
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I use Arcsoft TotalMovie Theater. It's the only current program that plays HD DVDs (PowerDVD took away that functionality a few years ago). It'll integrate well with WMC whenever I get around to it.
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I use Arcsoft TotalMovie Theater. It's the only current program that plays HD DVDs (PowerDVD took away that functionality a few years ago). It'll integrate well with WMC whenever I get around to it.
I've wanted to get this software Bruce. Does it play 3D video files?
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I've wanted to get this software Bruce. Does it play 3D video files?
Yes it does.

http://www.arcsoft.com/en-us/press_detail.asp?prID=427
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