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[–] SquarebobSpongebutt 5 points 154 points (+159|-5) ago 

There are plenty of free DVD players for Windows. The whole reason they removed it and are charging for it is because they have to license the technology and have to pay for it and they know few people even use it.

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[–] kuuttis 28 points 85 points (+113|-28) ago 

But that is too rational. We must circlejerk on the Win10 hate bandwagon!

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[–] Proppa 6 points 17 points (+23|-6) ago  (edited ago)

I heard Microsoft employed Satan himself to write the kernel.

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[–] blackblarneystone 4 points 6 points (+10|-4) ago 

its dumb to charge fifteen bucks on principle. i'll circle jerk on that anytime

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[–] weezkitty 6 points 21 points (+27|-6) ago 

$15 is disproportional though. Thank goodness for VLC

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[–] SecureRhino 1 points 31 points (+32|-1) ago 

According to wikipedia a physical DVD player requires about US$15–$20 per player in license fees for patents, the MPEG-2 codec and Dolby Digital.

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[–] Oldfrith 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Actually, VLC plays DVD's illegally. It's just that the DRM encryption is so weak that it's trivial to brute force.

Source

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[–] Foobarbaz 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Thank goodness for VLC

Which can't play my latest season of Archer, by the way.

I'm OK paying $15 if it means they update the codecs so I never have to give a fuck again. Beats having to plug it in to a DVD player to play the damn thing and it beats having to install the CrapWare that came with the machine.

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[–] Kuecofin 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

Exactly this. The outrage should be directed at MPEG LA and Dolby Laboratories, Inc. who use software patents and the DMCA to force all commercial software to license their codecs.

There's a few good writeups about this: http://www.zdnet.com/article/if-vlc-can-ship-a-free-dvd-player-why-cant-microsoft/

That said, what microsoft is charging is probably too much: http://www.zdnet.com/article/how-much-do-dvd-and-digital-media-playback-features-really-cost/

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[–] Strader 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Microsoft are pretty evil when it comes to most things, but they are fairly honest about it at least... unlike certain other major software providers...