Windows Media Center for Windows 8 to cost $12.79 for US?

As we have reported before, Microsoft has elected to make the Windows Media Center feature for Windows 8 a paid add-on. However, the early adopters who buy the Windows 8 upgrade, or a PC that has Windows 8 already installed, are supposed to get the Media Center download for free until January 31, 2013.

Microsoft has yet to officially confirm what it will charge for Windows Media Center after that date. However, a recent rumor claimed that in Europe, Microsoft will charge about 10 euros for the add-on. Now a new report from Windows8Core.com claims that the US price for the Windows Media Center add-on will be $12.79. The proof comes from a series of screenshots showing how Windows 8 Pro RTM owners can upgrade to Windows Media Center.

As we have reported before, the Windows Media Center add-on for Windows 8 will be the only official way to add DVD playback support for Windows Media Player. Microsoft will also not allow users to boot up directly from Media Center in Windows 8. Microsoft is also not offering any Windows Hardware Certification Kit (HCK) support for TV tuners and remote controls, which will make supporting such devices for Windows 8 and Windows Media Center more complex.

Source: Windows8Core.com | Image via Windows8Core.com

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When considering that most folks want Blu-Ray support as well, it doesn't seem to make sense to buy this.
Considering that I won't go anywhere near Windows 8 since I tried out a Beta release and found it completely user unfriendly, it doesn't matter in any case.
Windows 8 will be fine for anyone who has never used Windows before. Longtime Windows users will not adopt it.

Can anyone confirm if the new Windows Media Centre works with the current generation of Media Extenders (e.g. Linksys DMA2200)???

If it doesn't I'll be sticking with W7 on my main PC.

as147 said,
Can anyone confirm if the new Windows Media Centre works with the current generation of Media Extenders (e.g. Linksys DMA2200)???

If it doesn't I'll be sticking with W7 on my main PC.

Works on the Xbox 360, so it should, as they use the same RD connection type.

wait... so i can't even play dvd on windows media player?

i'll just have to install one of those dvd player software that come with the dvds.....

mocax said,
wait... so i can't even play dvd on windows media player?

i'll just have to install one of those dvd player software that come with the dvds.....

Or, you can just use Media Player Classic Home Cinema / VLC.

scaramonga said,
Really, if your stupid enough to buy into this OS, then you will pay 'anything'

Who said anything about "buy?" I got my copy for free.

Colin McGregor said,
so if something is 12.79 are they gonna alter it for canada? Canada discontinued the penny so 79 cents is impossible lol

Are you planning to pay for with cash, somehow?

Colin McGregor said,
so if something is 12.79 are they gonna alter it for canada? Canada discontinued the penny so 79 cents is impossible lol

Digital dollars. In essence there is infrastructure to charge down to a fraction of a cent. They only round it off for cleanliness. Things like bank interest is usually calculated to a 3-4 digit fraction, but it's rounded off.

Colin McGregor said,
so if something is 12.79 are they gonna alter it for canada? Canada discontinued the penny so 79 cents is impossible lol

We did ?
LOL omg i had no idea..
Probably because i don't watch TV etc i just use WMC to watch downloaded TV etc
havn't seen a commercial in a long long long time !

I am Not PCyr said,
We did ?
LOL omg i had no idea..
Probably because i don't watch TV etc i just use WMC to watch downloaded TV etc
havn't seen a commercial in a long long long time !

The coin, not the concept. As long as you're not paying in cash, it's perfectly possible to pay a penny.

Given the low cost of Win 8, this is fair. Competing products cost more (that have a good guide and DVR functions that actually work). I'm not complaining.

smooth3006 said,
Id never pay for this.

Part of the reason MS removed it from the base install. They had to pay royalty/licensing fees for every key, whether or not the end user actually used the product. This is likely a cost-cutting/saving measure mostly. I never used the MCE in any version of Windows personally, certainly won't miss it. I have other means of playing videos.

ir0nw0lf said,

Part of the reason MS removed it from the base install. They had to pay royalty/licensing fees for every key, whether or not the end user actually used the product. This is likely a cost-cutting/saving measure mostly. I never used the MCE in any version of Windows personally, certainly won't miss it. I have other means of playing videos.

It's a lot more then "playing videos" TBH, that's just a basic feature it does.

smooth3006 said,
Id never pay for this. Stupid move by microsoft.

You'd never buy Win 8 either so why bother even commenting.

smooth3006 said,
Id never pay for this. Stupid move by microsoft.

Oh no, you're not going to pay for it. Somebody call Bill Gates and let him know how much they've annoyed you!

smooth3006 said,
Id never pay for this. Stupid move by microsoft.

agreed. what was free on a previous version ? uhhm no thx.

anyone that takes free apps / addons and then charges people for them should expect a backlash *unless they have offered major new features that people want. And in this case if anything they removed some and added nothing of use.. and i sure think this is worth commenting about AND telling Bill Gates.
Although I'm not sure he has anything to with WMC production lol

I am Not PCyr said,

agreed. what was free on a previous version ? uhhm no thx.

anyone that takes free apps / addons and then charges people for them should expect a backlash *unless they have offered major new features that people want. And in this case if anything they removed some and added nothing of use.. and i sure think this is worth commenting about AND telling Bill Gates.
Although I'm not sure he has anything to with WMC production lol

You realize that Windows 8 costs significantly less than Windows 7 and Vista, right? If you add this cost to the Windows 8 license, it's still cheaper than Windows 7. Why should everyone pay for it when only a very small percent use it? Why should I pay for it on my desktop and laptop when only my HTPC uses it? Stop whining.

i believe you will only be able to play dvd's in Win8 MCE not in WMP itself Most people have never used MCE so that will be bad news for MS.

patseguin said,
Forget WMC and use XBMC.

XBMC is brilliant, but Windows Media Center has much easier to set up PVR support.

Walrush said,

XBMC is brilliant, but Windows Media Center has much easier to set up PVR support.

I'm running WMC on 3 computers using HD HomeRunPrime for my CableCard. It took some hastle for a few weeks, which is why I believe more people don't build their own systems. The issue for me is who is responsible; MS, my provider or the CableCard device. Ug. But in the end, worth the effort.

James Rose said,

Does XBMC support cable cards?

By itself it doesn't. You need tuner software like the free Media Portal app.

briangw said,

By itself it doesn't. You need tuner software like the free Media Portal app.

It still wouldn't. It'd give you some tuner access, but not CableCARD support.
And you'll have to pay for guide data that way.

SikSlayer said,

It still wouldn't. It'd give you some tuner access, but not CableCARD support.
And you'll have to pay for guide data that way.

Thanks for the clarification. Hopefully there will be some improvement by all parties on the process of home dvrs.

SikSlayer said,

It still wouldn't. It'd give you some tuner access, but not CableCARD support.
And you'll have to pay for guide data that way.

Oh, I thought you were talking about tuners that support cable TV. I was saying yes along those lines but I don't know what Cable Cards are.

Is the Windows 8 Start screen easy to use with the remote control? Or is it even supported?

I may actually give it a go if this is the case lol.

I know I shouldn't be bother by this, but that price looks completely arbitrary. $12.00 makes sense, $13.00 makes sense, $12.99 makes sense (in a certain way), but $12.79?

Panda X said,
I know I shouldn't be bother by this, but that price looks completely arbitrary. $12.00 makes sense, $13.00 makes sense, $12.99 makes sense (in a certain way), but $12.79?

Actually, if you price it x.99, you don't know the value but if you price it like $11.17, or $11.57, then it looks like you DO KNOW the value

rosszone said,
In other words, probably best to stay with Windows 7 if you have a Windows Media Center HTPC.

In other words, you probably didn't actually read the article... or you would see that you might be able to get it for free if you buy before 1/31/2013...

rfirth said,

In other words, you probably didn't actually read the article... or you would see that you might be able to get it for free if you buy before 1/31/2013...

or s/he was considering the inability to boot to the app maybe.

rfirth said,

In other words, you probably didn't actually read the article... or you would see that you might be able to get it for free if you buy before 1/31/2013...

My comment had nothing to do with the cost. There was more information in this article than just about the price, or even free. This, and other articles on WMC in Windows 8 back up my statement, in that if you have a Windows 7 Windows Media Center HTPC, that you have no reason to upgrade to Windows 8.

rosszone said,

My comment had nothing to do with the cost. There was more information in this article than just about the price, or even free. This, and other articles on WMC in Windows 8 back up my statement, in that if you have a Windows 7 Windows Media Center HTPC, that you have no reason to upgrade to Windows 8.

I see. I understand. Since this is primarily an article about cost, I thought you were talking about cost alone.

Depicus said,

or s/he was considering the inability to boot to the app maybe.

As if that would really be a dealbreaker ! I boot my wmc pc once every month, to apply Windows updates, for the rest it is either running or sleeping. So all I need to do now is press the green button once every month, which is exactly what I currently do in 7 as well.

rosszone said,

My comment had nothing to do with the cost. There was more information in this article than just about the price, or even free. This, and other articles on WMC in Windows 8 back up my statement, in that if you have a Windows 7 Windows Media Center HTPC, that you have no reason to upgrade to Windows 8.

Not for wmc, as it is (as far as I could see) the same. The os however is much more performant, that alone is enough reason for me.