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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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KEYWORDS: dvds; microsoft; windows; windows8
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Came across another story (11 months old) at tecca.com that says over 40% of computer users are still using Windows XP. Does anyone have to wonder why?

http://www.tecca.com/news/2011/06/28/os-windows-xp-market-share/

1 posted on 05/06/2012 3:10:19 PM PDT by CedarDave
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To: CedarDave
"...over 40% of computer users are still using Windows XP. Does anyone have to wonder why?"

Because some software won't work with Windows2000?

2 posted on 05/06/2012 3:13:07 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: CedarDave

Won’t Hollywood be surprised when, after making sure no one can access their tripe without paying, there won’t be anyone left who wants to see it.


3 posted on 05/06/2012 3:16:14 PM PDT by giotto
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To: ShadowAce

Ping for tech list.


4 posted on 05/06/2012 3:16:14 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: CedarDave
Part of that is because of recycled or gift computers to others. When someone upgrades, they donate. Person or institution who receives it has really no point to upgrade.
5 posted on 05/06/2012 3:16:33 PM PDT by Theoria (Rush Limbaugh: Ron Paul sounds like an Islamic terrorist)
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To: CedarDave

Windows 8.... Simple .... Don’t purchase it.


6 posted on 05/06/2012 3:17:27 PM PDT by donhunt (Certified and proud "Son of a Bitch".)
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To: CedarDave

“you’re going to have to pay extra for software that will let you play it”

LOL! Free VLC rules the market, he knows it, it would cost nothing to show a little class and acknowledge it.

Hmm, if WMP is optional Windows 8 has at least one big improvement...


7 posted on 05/06/2012 3:18:28 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: CedarDave

Another reason to sick with Windows 7.

Microsoft shoots themselves in the foot again.


8 posted on 05/06/2012 3:19:22 PM PDT by moviefan8
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To: CedarDave
VLC Media player is free and plays DVDs.
9 posted on 05/06/2012 3:20:21 PM PDT by TChad
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To: Paladin2

I have a couple of old HP printers (including a laser jet that I purchased back in 1996 for use with Windows 95) that work great for me on XP. Windows Vista forced most users of older hardware to abandon perfectly good hardware as drivers were not available. Whether they are available for Windows 7 or upcoming Windows 8, I don’t know but don’t plan to switch until MS pulls the plug on XP.


10 posted on 05/06/2012 3:20:45 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: All
VLC media player is free, and does a decent job of playing DVDs and other video files.

http://download.cnet.com/VLC-Media-Player/3000-13632_4-10267151.html

11 posted on 05/06/2012 3:21:03 PM PDT by BushMeister ("We are a nation that has a government - not the other way around." --Ronald Reagan)
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To: CedarDave

Not really Microsoft’s fault. DVD playback requires royalties for MPEG-2 and Dolby Digital AC-3. Microsoft doesn’t feel like paying those royalties anymore, especially with the rise of streaming video. Users of Windows 8 can buy and install their own DVD players if they want. The VLC player is a free alternative that can handle DVDs.


12 posted on 05/06/2012 3:26:07 PM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: CedarDave
VLC Media Player

I have yet to find a media format it won't play. And it's FREE.

13 posted on 05/06/2012 3:26:31 PM PDT by upchuck (Need is not an acceptable lifestyle choice; dependent is not a career. ~ Dr. Tim Nerenz)
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To: moviefan8

“Another reason to sick with Windows 7.

Microsoft shoots themselves in the foot again.”

It costs money to include those DVD codecs, and most people dont watch DVDs on their computers.

If someone wants to play DVDs that badly, then they can go download the codecs or another media player.

Including the ability to play them has never been a standard feature in OSs.


14 posted on 05/06/2012 3:28:16 PM PDT by VanDeKoik (If case you are wondering, I'm STILL supporting Newt.)
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To: TChad

Windows Media Player v. 11 is used with XP but won’t play MP4 videos. Does anyone have a link to an MP4 codec that doesn’t have spyware, malware, or a lot of bloatware codecs that most folks would never use. Just something keeping it simple is what I’m looking for.


15 posted on 05/06/2012 3:29:09 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: CedarDave

You’ve still got some time left:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/endofsupport.aspx


16 posted on 05/06/2012 3:30:28 PM PDT by carriage_hill (((.)))
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To: CedarDave

You’ve still got some time left:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/endofsupport.aspx


17 posted on 05/06/2012 3:30:54 PM PDT by carriage_hill (((.)))
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To: CedarDave
Just something keeping it simple is what I’m looking for.

Does that mean that you don't want to use VLC Media Player? It plays MP4.

18 posted on 05/06/2012 3:34:33 PM PDT by TChad
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To: upchuck

Yep, who needs windows media when we have VLC.

I don’t fault Microsoft, sounds like good business decision not to include an inferior product when you can get a better one for free.


19 posted on 05/06/2012 3:35:13 PM PDT by born2bfree
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To: CedarDave
Media Player Classic (part of the K-Lite Codec Pack) and VLC Media Player (VideoLAN) are two open-source media players that play DVDs.
20 posted on 05/06/2012 3:40:57 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Do I really need a sarcasm tag? Seriously? You're that dense?)
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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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To: CedarDave

The vast majority of blu-rays are available as a combo pack with a DVD copy, Blu-ray copy and a digital copy, all for about $5 more than a standard DVD. I have digital copies of every movie I’ve bought in the last year, and they were all part of the purchase, most for $20 for the combo pack during the week of release from Target or Amazon.


41 posted on 05/06/2012 5:07:47 PM PDT by USMCWife6869
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To: CedarDave

I have a laptop and a notebook that I want to put Xp on. Any ideas on how to remove System 7 and Vista?


42 posted on 05/06/2012 5:27:10 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("Talent Without Ambition Is Sad - Ambition Without Talent Is Worse")
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To: CedarDave

This would be a very, very, very stupid decision by Microsoft.


43 posted on 05/06/2012 5:36:19 PM PDT by fellowgeek (To geek or not to geek.)
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To: rdb3; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; Salo; JosephW; Only1choice____Freedom; amigatec; stylin_geek; ...

44 posted on 05/06/2012 5:40:58 PM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: CedarDave

So what? Aren’t there at least 2 dozen applications...half of them free...that will play DVD content beautifully?


45 posted on 05/06/2012 6:27:38 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (I will not comply. I will NEVER submit.)
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To: BushMeister

GOM is better, but has ads.

http://player.gomlab.com/eng/download/


46 posted on 05/06/2012 6:31:39 PM PDT by expat1000
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To: TChad

I’ve tried VLC but actually prefer GOM. It seems a much nicer interface and it plays everything.


47 posted on 05/06/2012 6:35:12 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (I will not comply. I will NEVER submit.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
I’ve tried VLC but actually prefer GOM.

Interesting. I'll give it a try.

Thanks.

48 posted on 05/06/2012 8:12:03 PM PDT by TChad
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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.


49 posted on 05/06/2012 8:32:31 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: TChad

VLC Player, Rocks!


50 posted on 05/06/2012 8:34:33 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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