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#16 Ci7

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 20:19

maybe they would offer free codec in app store when you try to play unsupported format in win8?


#17 alphaomegainfinity

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 04:56

The surprising thing is Windows Media Center won't be free now.

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 09:34

Out-of-the-box experience, they said...

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#19 Growled

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 00:16

They are just cutting their own throats.

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 00:17

maybe they would offer free codec in app store when you try to play unsupported format in win8?

DVD licensing isn't free. Part of the cost of Windows includes this price.

The surprising thing is Windows Media Center won't be free now.

As above, presumably part of the cost of WMC will include that licensing fee so that if you do decide you want it, you can pay for it. If you play all your DVDs on a home threatre setup, you won't be paying for what you won't use.

Everyone's just getting worked up because currently it's cool to hate. The number of people actually impacted by this I'd be happy to bet is quite fewer (zero, when you include WMC addon).

#21 Richteralan

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 01:26

If it's gonna lower the price of the product then I think it's a great idea.

But does anyone HONESTLY think this will happen?

I don't.

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 01:56

But does anyone HONESTLY think this will happen?

I don't.


Your guessing doesn't really mean much. We don't know how they'll be priced. All that we can say for sure is that the cost to MS will be less because of the removal of DVD licensing fees.

#23 Josh the Nerd

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 02:18

But does anyone HONESTLY think this will happen?

I don't.


An upgrade to Windows 7 Home Premium, the descendant of Windows XP Media Center Edition, is $20 more expensive than the basic home edition upgrade has traditionally been. With Windows 8, they're going back to having one home edition, and I think there's a good chance it will be the traditional $100.