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Saving Partners Money
Microsoft's decision to jettison physical media and broadcast TV playback capabilities from its next-generation Windows Media Center offering is based in major part on feedback from the software giant's hardware manufacturing partners. The playback of optical media and broadcast TV requires the addition of a specialized set of decoders, which command significant royalty payments.
"Our partners have shared clear concerns over the costs associated with codec licensing for traditional media playback -- especially as Windows 8 enables an unprecedented variety of form factors," Caldas and Averett said.
Microsoft's decision is also based on customer feedback about Windows Media Center with respect to displaying movies, Internet TV, broadcast TV, and other multimedia content. "Many said in comments and e-mail to us, that so long as the feature is available somehow it is fine," noted Steven Sinofsky, the president of Microsoft's Windows business division.
The bottom line is that Windows Media Player will continue to be available in all editions -- but without DVD playback support. "For optical discs playback on new Windows 8 devices, we are going to rely on the many quality solutions on the market, which provide great experiences for both DVD and Blu-ray," Caldas and Averett said.
Posted: 2012-06-11 @ 10:02pm PT
Media Centre, they still make that? I thought it died back with XP years ago. Never saw the point myself. It was always a windows environment with some clunky additions, so few will care. TV playback was always better from third party software and hardware anyway.
I think the real motive here is pressure from the movie industry to try and limit piracy, which MS have been paying lip service to since they tried to limit what optical drives would do as far back as XP.
It never did really have much effect and I doubt this will either.
Posted: 2012-05-07 @ 12:25pm PT
That was the very last reason I have a use for Windows of any version. Buh-bye Microsoft...