Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 4th May 2012 18:16 UTC
Windows While it's technically a regression, and while it will surely make those of us who remember having to install DVD support on Linux from third-party repositories smile, it's still a major change and a sign of things to come: Windows 8 will ship without support for DVD and Blu-ray playback.
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A Support Format
by REM2000 on Fri 4th May 2012 18:47 UTC
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Unless Windows 8 is dramatically cheaper than windows 7 then i think this is going to have a negative effect. Generally people get their version of windows OEM when they purchase a laptop. If DVD's don't work out of the box or if windows prompts them to enter their credit card to play DVD's then a lot of consumers are going to be annoyed.

However the flip side is that i assume just like in the XP days that the OEMS will actually cover this and bundle DVD playing software.

However as in the title I'm surprised to see this move on what is a supported format. Mac OSX still supports DVD on their laptops without a DVD drive, i.e. plug in a dvd drive into a macbook air and it will play.

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RE: A Support Format
by Drumhellar on Fri 4th May 2012 21:49 in reply to "A Support Format"
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Oddly enough, a large number of new Windows 7 PCs come with third-party DVD software, so I think the majority of users won't even notice.

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RE[2]: A Support Format
by tanzam75 on Mon 7th May 2012 17:50 in reply to "RE: A Support Format"
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Indeed, in these cases, the OEM was paying the DVD licenses *twice*. First through Microsoft, and then through the third-party DVD playback software.

Reading between the lines of the Microsoft blog post, it looks like they proposed several alternative licensing models to the DVD patent pool -- and gotten turned down. They can't pay the license only when Windows is installed on machines with a DVD drive. They can't pay the license only when a DVD is played back for the first time. They can't pay the license only when other DVD playback software isn't installed.

The only way to avoid paying the license is to strip out the functionality entirely. Which they did.

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