OEMs Could Be Including Cheap DVD Playback For Win 8 PCs

AMD recently mentioned a blog post of James DePloy, founder of commercial app distribution platform AppAttach, which enables PC makers to access discounted OEM deals of apps with "reduced" volume commitments.

It appears that the lack of DVD playback support may have spurred some interest from DVD playback software makers to cater to PC makers. DePloy noted that CyberLink's PowerDVD 12 is available to OEM's as a "quality, cost-effective DVD playback solution at an affordable price." He did not reveal how much CyberLink charges for PowerDVD 12 via AppAttach. The retail version of PowerDVD 12 is currently offered by CyberLink for $40.

Microsoft removed DVD playback capability in Windows Media Player to save codec licensing fees that were required in previous Windows versions. For every Windows 7 version sold, Microsoft paid $2 to the MPEG-LA.

Windows 8 users, however, can easily add this playback capability by installing the Windows 8 Media Center Pack, which is offered by Microsoft free of charge until January 31, 2013. After that date, consumers could opt to play DVDs via software such as the non-profit open source media player VLC.


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  • velocityg4
    Why don't OEMs just include quality free open source software or freeware? Like HP could include VLC, Thunderbird, LibreOffice, Firefox/Chrome, Picasa and Gimp. Covering most consumer uses for computers.
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  • SchizoFrog
    It is quite funny how Microsoft is advertising Win8 as an all round home PC media centre and then withholds basic DVD playback. Not only should DVD playback be included as standard, but so should basic Blu-Ray playback.
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  • thecolorblue
    velocityg4Why don't OEMs just include quality free open source software or freeware? Like HP could include VLC, Thunderbird, LibreOffice, Firefox/Chrome, Picasa and Gimp. Covering most consumer uses for computers.

    ask microsoft... it's no accident that those programs are not included by OEMs
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  • velocityg4
    Why don't OEMs just include quality free open source software or freeware? Like HP could include VLC, Thunderbird, LibreOffice, Firefox/Chrome, Picasa and Gimp. Covering most consumer uses for computers.
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  • thecolorblue
    velocityg4Why don't OEMs just include quality free open source software or freeware? Like HP could include VLC, Thunderbird, LibreOffice, Firefox/Chrome, Picasa and Gimp. Covering most consumer uses for computers.

    ask microsoft... it's no accident that those programs are not included by OEMs
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  • SteelCity1981
    i have powerdvd 12 yeah i paid 40 bucks for it but it was worth every dollar and i tend on having it as my main playback for a very long time.
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