If you want Windows 8 to play DVDs, you'll have to pay for it

8 May 2012

windows-logoMany of us buy computers so we can watch films on them, rigging them up to projectors or simply watching films in bed on our laptops. You'd say that, alongside web-browsing and word-processing functions, it's one of the reasons why you buy a device.

Well, if you're thinking of using Windows 8, don't think you'll be watching films. That's because users will have to pay for an upgrade if you want to watch DVDs. Microsoft have announced that Windows 8 will not come packaged with the Media Center software as standard, meaning that there's now a gigantic gap in the market for third-party developers to make something that replaces it, which is free.

According to the official Building Windows 8 blog, they think that television and DVD use on computers is "in sharp decline" and that Microsoft would have to cough-up "a significant amount in royalties" to offer support for optical media in future software. So, in essence, they can't be bothered.

Bernardo Caldas wrote: “Given the changing landscape, the cost of decoder licensing, and the importance of a straight forward edition plan, we've decided to make Windows Media Center available to Windows 8 customers via the Add Features to Windows 8 control panel (formerly known as Windows Anytime Upgrade). This ensures that customers who are interested in Media Center have a convenient way to get it. 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.”

TOPICS:   Technology

24 comments

  • klingelton
    seems that MS have done their research and realised that they will never comete with the myriad of 3rd party applications that do exactly the same thing as media player, but better. Why fight it? time to retire IE as well. That dinosaur is long overdue its place in history.
  • Marky M.
    @ klingelton Didn't you once also say you were a cunt?
  • Kevin
    Don't forget you have to pay extra for software to be able to play blu-rays whatever system you use (which they keep very quiet) so it's not that different an idea, although in the case of dvd playback it's all free!
  • Liam
    Considering that more people are downloading films and watching them off a hard drive or off the cloud, it looks pretty inevitable. I wont be suprised if Apple follow suit.
  • Mof e.
    Your are all cunts...
  • Mike
    Hmmmn me thinks Christmas will be coming a little earlier for the folks at VLC Media for there wonderful free, open source plays anything Media Player.
  • Mike H.
    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
  • bob
    Good, haven't watched a DVD at home for years. If I didn't have a built-in DVD player in the car for the kids to watch I would never have them.
  • Martin
    Bet the RIAA will be chuffed...
  • Martin
    or MPAA, I should say.
  • Mustapha S.
    FFS. The reason they did this is that people were moaning about them having a monopoly. Now they have to make the application separate, people are moaning about the OS having fewer features!!! All this website shows, is that the general public really are stupid cunts.
  • Alan T.
    I think it's more the paying for the extra bits that's annoying... Not the having to download it
  • Homeless J.
    Who the hell uses shittyMcShitface Media Player / Centre anyway? VLC is where it's at.
  • Boomshaw
    Great cant wait to sell a windows 8 laptop. "Ur tellin me if i come here to spend £x on a laptop i cannae play a dvd? Fine il go elsewhere". Good luck with that jakeball.
  • Paul C.
    Not much point in upgrading then really. I'll stick to Windows 7 until the support runs out.
  • DragonChris
    In that case, stick on K-Lite for the codecs and install the media player. Does a decent job, or VLC like someone else said (I don't like VLC personally, but whatever). However, my question is does this include WMP, which was always a 'free' application anyway? WMC is shit, so no great loss there.
  • Mary H.
    This is why I don't pay for anything M$
  • Mike H.
    A gap in the market for something that's free? Bell-end comment of the decade there Muf.
  • Sicknote
    So fucking what - I don't see the usual spastics complaining about their IPADS not playing Angry Birds straight out the box.
  • Phee
    @Bookshaw All major PC builders already include software like PowerDVD on the machine anyway, so it's not going to make much difference to your average PC World customer; they will still be able to play DVDs. This move only really affects those who have built their own computer, purchased from a small PC vendor that doesn't bundle software in, or those that want to do a clean install of Windows 8. Even then, buying Windows 8 Pro, as opposed to Home, gives you Media Centre and DVD playback along with it. Alternatively, install VLC or iTunes. I suspect the number of people that this will actually cause problems for will be very small indeed
  • Capability B.
    Small like your dick?
  • Mustapha S.
    Posted by Phee • May 9, 2012 at 1:01 pm @Bookshaw .....Alternatively, install VLC or iTunes. I'd rather spend the night inside Heather Trott's tuppence than install itunes. Worst. Software. Ever. Bar Windows millenium.
  • Phee
    Word. Doesn't stop it being installed on a significant number of computers though. Point was, almost everyone can play DVDs on their computer without using Media Player or Media Centre.
  • Richard M.
    Windows Millenium Edition is where it's at. I watch all of my VCDs on it.

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