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#31 Wakers

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 12:26

Really not many people use Media Center as a well..Media Center.

Some people here seem to complain that the average user won't know what VLC is or how to use a third party program to play DVDs, and then go on to say that these people will be upset because they have to pay for Media Center? No, they won't even know it exists.

The only people who use Media Center are power users, and a lot of power users don't use Media Center because of it's inherent flaws.


#32 Growled

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 00:14

VLC is utter crap, use MPC-HC with CCCP, LAV filters, or MadVR and you have yourself an awesome player that will never fail you!


Yeah, I would never use VLC. I also agree that Media Player Classic is the way to go.

#33 giantpotato

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 00:40

No, you cannot play DVD video either in the Developer Preview or the Consumer Preview, even though Media Center is included.See the screenshot below.


DVD playback works fine for me in Win 8 CP. Posted Image

#34 Wakers

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 06:14

DVD playback also works for min the Consumer Preview - although Media Center crashes more often than not.

#35 tomasarson

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 06:22

maybe i'm the only one but dvds played in VLC have always looked worse than installing a proper codec.

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 06:38

So MS ships VLC with windows now? I didn't think so.

The point is not that third party apps exist to watch DVDs, the point is (at least for me) is that I shouldn't have to go dig up third party apps to do something other OSes do out of the box.

#37 ArialBlue

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 07:56

So MS ships VLC with windows now? I didn't think so.

The point is not that third party apps exist to watch DVDs, the point is (at least for me) is that I shouldn't have to go dig up third party apps to do something other OSes do out of the box.

Ain't the point is that phasing out old technologies in favor of new ones is a good thing - DVD is a dead end.

#38 moloko

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 10:38

This has become my default player for all DVD or movie watching.

#39 +Brando212

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 14:31

So MS ships VLC with windows now? I didn't think so.

The point is not that third party apps exist to watch DVDs, the point is (at least for me) is that I shouldn't have to go dig up third party apps to do something other OSes do out of the box.

the point is OEMs already include 3rd party DVD playback software that's usually better than WMP anyway
and no, most other OSs don't play DVDs out-of-the-box. OSX will be the last one after Windows 8 RTMs
so the point is, you're not holding up a very strong point for most people unless you/they are building a custom tower

#40 Wakers

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 14:46

I honestly think people will be happier with a cheaper Windows than they will be with a more expensive Windows that comes with inbuilt DVD playback.

#41 OP Nazmus Shakib Khandaker

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 17:56

Strange to see you guys are able to play DVDs on the consumer preview's Media Center. My Media center is reporting codec errors...

#42 +Brando212

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 16:26

Strange to see you guys are able to play DVDs on the consumer preview's Media Center. My Media center is reporting codec errors...

maybe they did an upgrade from windows 7 and not a clean install of the CP?

#43 Wakers

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 16:45

No, I did a clean install.

I do have VLC player installed on there though - which I probably should have thought of earlier to be honest. MC is probably using the codec.

#44 SinghKing

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 16:53

Yes, you can.

#45 trieste

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 17:09

Some of you may be fine with Daum Potplayer 1.5.32007 .