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Submission + - Windows 8 to include Dolby Digital Plus 5.1, Media Center as an add-on feature (msdn.com)

suraj.sun writes: On Buidling Windows 8 blog Bernardo Caldas of Windows Business Group explains that, given the changing landscape, and the cost of decoder licensing, we’ve decided to make Windows Media Center available to Windows 8 customers via the Add Features to Windows 8 control panel. Windows Media Player will continue to be available in all editions, but without DVD playback support. Metro style apps can use any of the decoders included in Windows. These decoders are optimized for system reliability, battery life, and performance, and cover all key playback scenarios for mainstream content such as YouTube video, Netflix video, Amazon audio/video, H.264 web browsing/streaming, Hulu video, MP4 video, AVCHD video from camcorders, Ultraviolet video, and the HTML5 video tag. Metro style apps can also include additional decoders (such as FLAC, MKV, OGG, etc.) in their apps package for use within the apps.

Microsoft will offer two ways to acquire Windows Media Center, either as a Windows 8 Media Center Pack to add on Windows 8 Pro or as Windows 8 Pro Pack to add on to Windows 8. Acquiring either the Windows 8 Media Center Pack or the Windows 8 Pro Pack gives you Media Center, including DVD playback (in Media Center, not in Media Player), broadcast TV recording and playback (DBV-T/S, ISDB-S/T, DMBH, and ATSC), and VOB file playback. The company also signed an agreement with Dolby Laboratories to include Dolby Digital Plus 5.1-channel decoding and Dolby Digital two-channel encoding in all editions of Windows 8.

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