Microsoft Dropping DVD Playback Support in Windows 8 - Chloe Albanesius, PCMag.com
5/7/2012 5:55:23 PM
Microsoft announced last week that it will jettison DVD and Blu-Ray
playback support for Windows Media Player in Windows 8. This is more
fuel on the bonfire of physical media. The DVD format, first introduced
in 1996, and its 2003 successor Blu-Ray, will be passed this year in
viewing volume by online paid video downloads. The legal, paid
consumption of movies online in the United States will reach 3.4B views
or transactions in 2012, approximately 1.0B units higher than the 2.4B
for physical video for this year (according to analytics provider HIS).
Will moving content to the Cloud be good for the consumer? Good for the
end users in technology industries including pro AV? If content comes
from the Cloud, who owns it?
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