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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Alternatives?
by cosmotic on Fri 4th May 2012 19:23 UTC
cosmotic
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2010-01-31

A lot of the alternatives posters are suggesting are illegal (not that they should be). I can't imagine Microsoft is shipping Windows 8 without MPEG2/4/H264/AVC, which is likely the vast majority of the license costs for DVD and Blueray playback. Maybe Microsoft has a video store they plan on launching with Windows 8 and this is some way to encourage users to rent/buy videos directly from Microsoft.

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RE: Alternatives?
by lemur2 on Mon 7th May 2012 03:13 in reply to "Alternatives?"
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2007-02-17

A lot of the alternatives posters are suggesting are illegal (not that they should be). I can't imagine Microsoft is shipping Windows 8 without MPEG2/4/H264/AVC, which is likely the vast majority of the license costs for DVD and Blueray playback. Maybe Microsoft has a video store they plan on launching with Windows 8 and this is some way to encourage users to rent/buy videos directly from Microsoft.


One alternative that is completely legal would be for Microsoft to ship WebM and Ogg Vorbis multimedia support.

Everyone on the planet (including Microsoft) is granted a perpetual, irrevocable and zero cost license to use these for any purpose whatsoever.

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