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

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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. #1


    Posts : 740
    Windows 8.1

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


    Since Windows 8 will not directly support dvd playback, you will either need to buy the WMC pack or a third-party application. However, this means that companies such as Cyberlink or Arcsoft have an advantage with their blu-ray playback programs that also do DVD.

    However, one thing that I found using Windows 8 is that it is very HTPC friendly, with the large icons and stuff making it a decent 10-foot User Inteface where you just need a Windows remote or a small keyboard/trackpad combo. All it needs is a Metro application for DVD playback (and ideally Blu-ray if you have a BD drive).

    From what I can tell, Bluray and DVD licencing fees are about $20 each (maybe less), so companies such as Arcsoft or Cyberlink could possibly throw together a decent application that just does full DVD/BD playback for about $50-$60 and a DVD-only app for $30-$40, with higher end products that do more.

    Would you buy such a product?

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  2. #2


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    You don't have to buy anything.

    MediaPortal is free, for a WMC type of program. Very customizable.

    For a normal playback program, Media Player Classic Home Cinema or VLC.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 828
    Windows 7 x64 Ultimate/Windows 8.1/Linux


    As GMan suggests, there are several free alternatives that already play DVDs/Blu-ray. There are also various ways to add support for these formats without needing to buy anything.
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  4. #4


    Las Vegas, NV
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    Win 8.1 Update 1 Pro 32-bit


    I had mentioned in another thread that I would probably go with either Media Monkey or JRiver Media Center software, and leaning towards the latter.

    I checked out Media Portal and it's very similar to JRiver MC, only free. Media Center costs about $50 US. I'm going to download and take a look at Media Portal and see how it truly compares to Media Center.

    Having said all this, I generally do not watch DVD's or BD's on my PC, that's what the Home Theater System is for. Even my digital music (approx. 2000 songs) I generally grab from the home network and play in the theater. I enjoy the full surround sound experience that my PC can't even come close to reproducing.

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  5. #5


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    VLC Player I believe can handle Blu-ray playback.

    But I don't use DVDs, honestly, I think I remember the last time I watched a DVD movie was two Black Fridays ago when my brother bought Scott Pilgrim and I hadn't watched it yet. I actually only use my DVD drive as a burner to author DVD movies for friends and parties and for new releases. I've considered ditching my DVD drive in deference for more hard drive bays in my new puter rebuild, but then I realized I'm the main source of DVD for my friends...I guess I need a slot load DVD drive...
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  6. #6


    Las Vegas, NV
    Posts : 76
    Win 8.1 Update 1 Pro 32-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    VLC Player I believe can handle Blu-ray playback.

    But I don't use DVDs, honestly, I think I remember the last time I watched a DVD movie was two Black Fridays ago when my brother bought Scott Pilgrim and I hadn't watched it yet. I actually only use my DVD drive as a burner to author DVD movies for friends and parties and for new releases. I've considered ditching my DVD drive in deference for more hard drive bays in my new puter rebuild, but then I realized I'm the main source of DVD for my friends...I guess I need a slot load DVD drive...
    Tsk...Tsk...Probably one should refrain from mentioning such things in a public forum!
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  7. #7


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by JCClouser View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    VLC Player I believe can handle Blu-ray playback.

    But I don't use DVDs, honestly, I think I remember the last time I watched a DVD movie was two Black Fridays ago when my brother bought Scott Pilgrim and I hadn't watched it yet. I actually only use my DVD drive as a burner to author DVD movies for friends and parties and for new releases. I've considered ditching my DVD drive in deference for more hard drive bays in my new puter rebuild, but then I realized I'm the main source of DVD for my friends...I guess I need a slot load DVD drive...
    Tsk...Tsk...Probably one should refrain from mentioning such things in a public forum!
    This is true... I mean, I just make copies of DVDs I own as to back them up since they physically can be damaged, this is perfectly fine!
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  8. #8


    Posts : 740
    Windows 8.1


    None of those apps are Metro... Which is kind of my point.

    I'm mostly just looking for a basic program that just plays DVDs and BDs (and can run all BD-Java content) that works with the Metro interface.


    The bonus would be that, Providing Windows on ARM can use USB DVD/BD drives, you can watch your shows on one of those, too.
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  9. #9


    Las Vegas, NV
    Posts : 76
    Win 8.1 Update 1 Pro 32-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by IceFire View Post
    None of those apps are Metro... Which is kind of my point.

    I'm mostly just looking for a basic program that just plays DVDs and BDs (and can run all BD-Java content) that works with the Metro interface.


    The bonus would be that, Providing Windows on ARM can use USB DVD/BD drives, you can watch your shows on one of those, too.
    Here's a lucrative thought...How about coding a Metro app that does just that! I believe it is open to anyone to create them with Microsoft's blessings.
    I'd be delighted to leave this to you, as my coding days went away with Cobol, Fortran, and GW-Basic....


    John
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  10. #10


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    Quote Originally Posted by IceFire View Post
    None of those apps are Metro... Which is kind of my point.
    So you're willing to pay money to make a video playback from/in the start screen instead of without it, it seems.

    What's the appeal about making videos start there in particular, over how it's been done for decades?

    It can't be because of Arm based machines because those are not intended as HTPC in any way. I can't think of any advantage at all.
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