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Windows 8 dropping the ability to play DVDs
Yahoo Y-Tech ^ | Fri, May 4, 2012 | Tecca

Posted on 05/06/2012 3:10:12 PM PDT by CedarDave

The upcoming Windows 8 operating system (which you can download and preview now) is dropping the ability to play DVD content.

According to Windows engineering team member Steven Sinofsky (emphasis his), "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." In other words: If you want to watch that Bridesmaids DVD on your next plane trip, you're going to have to pay extra for software that will let you play it, even if your laptop already has a DVD drive. And don't think getting Blu-ray is an option — you can't play that straight from the box, either.

If you're left scratching your heads, the rationale behind dropping DVD support is simple: It's about the bottom line. Says Sinofsky, "traditional media playback scenarios, optical media, and broadcast TV, require a specialized set of decoders (and hardware) that cost a significant amount in royalties." Windows 8 will allow customers the option to install a Windows Media Center upgrade to allow DVD playback at extra cost, though Microsoft is not saying exactly how high that cost will be.

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TOPICS: Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: dvds; microsoft; windows; windows8
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To: CedarDave

You will just have to use another downloaded program I guess


21 posted on 05/06/2012 3:49:57 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Paladin2

Exactly!


22 posted on 05/06/2012 3:56:07 PM PDT by GreatRoad (O < 0)
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To: CedarDave

Won’t have the problem cuz I won’t have Windows 8.


23 posted on 05/06/2012 3:57:07 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: CedarDave

BWAHAHAHA Ever heard of VLC, GOM player or MEDIA PLAYER CLASSIC which is free?

And yes, I have 2 emergency laptops which still have Windows XP, and I enjoy them.


24 posted on 05/06/2012 3:59:34 PM PDT by max americana
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Media Player Classic will also play .rm files, so you don’t need to install the Real Media spyware delivery system on your computer.


25 posted on 05/06/2012 3:59:56 PM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: TChad
Does that mean that you don't want to use VLC Media Player? It plays MP4.

I realize it does, but the package includes dozens and dozens of other media and formats that I don't think I have any use for. Just looking for a simple Codec for WMP 11 that will let me play MP-4.

26 posted on 05/06/2012 3:59:56 PM PDT by CedarDave (Romney: Dresses and looks like a '50's character from "Mad Men" but no one's buying his shtick.)
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To: mrsmith

I wondered how long it would take for someone to bring that up.


27 posted on 05/06/2012 4:03:21 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: CedarDave

Personally I don’t mind this. What bothers me is the idiotic phone interface on a desktop computer. Maybe they should bundle a 320 x 480 resolution monitor.


28 posted on 05/06/2012 4:15:14 PM PDT by BinaryBoy (Anyone But Romney)
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To: Paladin2
Because some software won't work with Windows2000?

It was only about three years ago that I gave up my Windows 2000 Pro.

What a rock solid OS that was. Nothing ever crashed it. It just plain worked.

29 posted on 05/06/2012 4:18:25 PM PDT by 2111USMC (Not a hard man to track. Leaves dead men wherever he goes.)
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To: CedarDave

This is actually a smart move on their part. A good chunk of the DVDs I’ve put in my computer CAME with their own software. And almost all the DVD playing software out there is better than WMP which was never really designed to handle a media type that had it’s own menus and things. Try to watch a DVD using JUST WMP, you get to that list of vobs and it’s good luck to you. Don’t reinvent the wheel, nobody on the planet has ever bought Windows so they could use WMP to watch DVDs.


30 posted on 05/06/2012 4:23:27 PM PDT by discostu (I did it 35 minutes ago)
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To: CedarDave
Windows 8 will allow customers the option to install a Windows Media Center upgrade to allow DVD playback at extra cost, though Microsoft is not saying exactly how high that cost will be.

Bastards!

Doesn't matter either, all I use now is VLC, but *Bastards* just the same to Microsoft.

31 posted on 05/06/2012 4:24:19 PM PDT by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Newt......Nuff said.)
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To: carriage_hill; CedarDave

I’m still using xp. I’ll upgrade when windows 9 comes out.


32 posted on 05/06/2012 4:29:57 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: CedarDave

I haven’t used the crappy and annoying WMP in over a decade.

Like others have already said, there’s VLC and other software that blows WMP out of the water.


33 posted on 05/06/2012 4:30:11 PM PDT by Moltke (Always retaliate first.)
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To: Paladin2

Heck, I’m still using Win98 on a couple of my computers at work. XP on my main computer at work, Vista at home, Win7 on my laptop. My Office version is 2003. I’m sick of the constant upgrades.


34 posted on 05/06/2012 4:35:19 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Paladin2

LOL!

No Chit!

I have XP on my desktop, but the machine I use most is my laptop, and it has Win2K!


35 posted on 05/06/2012 4:40:50 PM PDT by djf ("There are more old drunkards than old doctors." - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: TChad

I use that program and like it better than Media Player.


36 posted on 05/06/2012 4:41:05 PM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to the tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: mamelukesabre

I’m with you; I used Win_XP Pro for years and have WIN-7 Pro now, but I’ll wait until they drop 7 support. Screw MS.


37 posted on 05/06/2012 4:43:42 PM PDT by carriage_hill (((.)))
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To: CedarDave

Another vote for VLC...

Freeware that works better than MS media ever did...


38 posted on 05/06/2012 4:47:33 PM PDT by Dead Corpse (Steampunk- Yesterday's Tomorrow, Today)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Me too. I liked XP less than my previous one. Now I have to go to Bet to fix “hard drive controller error” that blocks my files.


39 posted on 05/06/2012 4:51:43 PM PDT by apocalypto
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To: CedarDave

I have a Canon slide converter that works with Windows XP, but will not work with Windows 7. I recently came across a bunch of old slides that I need to convert to JPEGs so I will keep my old Windows XP box until that project is done—at least.


40 posted on 05/06/2012 4:57:34 PM PDT by RightWingConspirator (Obamanation--the most corrupt regime since Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe)
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