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Would you buy a Metro Blu-ray/DVD playback application?

View Poll Results: Would you buy such a product?

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  • No, DVD playback should be part of Windows.

    22 61.11%
  • No, those prices are too expensive

    5 13.89%
  • Yes I would buy such a product at that price.

    5 13.89%
  • I would pay more so I can play DVDs and BDs

    1 2.78%
  • I would rather have more features.

    3 8.33%
  1. #21


    I'm not buying anything. There are free DVD players allover the web, and my computer's DVD player has the playback software built in.

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  2. #22


    Posts : 740
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Lonewolf View Post
    I don't get this thread. I have Win8 cp, and all I do is stick a DVD movie in, and I get New Line Cinema player. I installed this player yonks ago back when I installed the DVD drive onto this PC, So I can only assume the player is built into the ROM of the drive, and my default music player works fine for CDs out of the box. So what am I missing here?
    In the gold version DVD playback will be removed. Great that your DVD drive came with a decent program, but not all do. My Blu-ray drive came with a half-assed bloated program which was in all actuality a piece of crap.
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  3. #23


    Mike Lonewolf, you're right on target. Media Center is a poorly-developed expensive program that you don't need. I only found out a few weeks ago that I didn't have it on XP or 7, and they play DVDs fine. When I tried to use it on 8, it locked up during set-up and I still can't use it, yet 8 plays DVDs fine.
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  4. #24


    This is another bad decision on their part. I will just download a free player or not even use it to play dvds. It doesn't even make sense to remove a basic function such as dvd playback. But oh well.
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  5. #25


    Quote Originally Posted by Vince53 View Post
    Mike Lonewolf, you're right on target. Media Center is a poorly-developed expensive program that you don't need. I only found out a few weeks ago that I didn't have it on XP or 7, and they play DVDs fine. When I tried to use it on 8, it locked up during set-up and I still can't use it, yet 8 plays DVDs fine.
    That's a very uninformed and also incorrect statement. I won't even try to elaborate on how wrong you are here.
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  6. #26


    Covington, La
    Posts : 1,184
    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT


    Quote Originally Posted by tseven View Post
    This is another bad decision on their part. I will just download a free player or not even use it to play dvds. It doesn't even make sense to remove a basic function such as dvd playback. But oh well.
    Its all about the money and the amount of usage. MS has to pay a small fee to use the H264 codex to play DVD's. Only a very small amount of people use WMP or WMC as most that want DVD playback use other programs. To include the DVD playback on every copy of Windows costs millions of dollars. So MS decided why pay for every copy when so few actually use it. If you want it they will sell you a copy, or you can use whatever you want.

    Jim
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  7. #27


    Posts : 142
    Windows 8 Enterprise 64-bit (7 Ult, Vista & XP in V-Box)


    I've already got PowerDVD 9, it works just fine under both 7 and 8.
    So no, I won't be buying anything.
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  8. #28


    Tropical Island Pair a Dice
    Posts : 3,030
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64/ Windows 7 Ult x64


    DVDs are going the way of the floppy, they are being used less all the time.

    DVD and file players are available for free and paid so you can choose the one you need.

    WMP and WMC are just not being used enough to justify the cost to all users.
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  9. #29


    Posts : 993
    Windows 8 pro Retail


    Dave? That is TOTAL bunk! DVDs make a great storage media, lets look at the cost for storage per byte,
    DVDs are royally inexpensive, you can purchase a blank DVD for less than a dollar, and you can back up a
    average hard-drive, (NOT just files) with only a few DVDs, it use to take at least 50 CDs to preform the same
    function, not even going with traditional backup which is thru the roof. Just divide you current system back up
    media with the cost of ownership of DVDs, and *I* guarantee you with life span, and general media cost overall
    DVDs will win out.
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  10. #30


    Tropical Island Pair a Dice
    Posts : 3,030
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64/ Windows 7 Ult x64


    It's good that we all have our own choice for storage media, I haven't used a DVD in a couple of years.

    If they suite your needs, that is perfectly fine.
    DVDs can get damaged, so they may not be the best choice for everyone, there are other options.

    I use HDD and external HDD, also keep one external HDD off site, always multiple copies for data I would like to keep.
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