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Microsoft excludes Dolby Digital Plus from Windows 8

By Emil · 10 replies
Aug 5, 2011
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  1. Dolby Laboratories' shares were down this morning after the company disclosed yesterday that its technologies are not present in the current builds of Microsoft Windows 8. The company said if…

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  2. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Posts: 783

    Maybe Dolby needs to budge on their license fees which is doubtless the heart of the matter.
  3. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 996   +93

    I wonder what this means for potential blu-ray playback support.
  4. Well since Blu-Ray I have not used DD as all my Blu-Ray's have DTS so for me I don't give a rats *** about Dolby Digital Plus in Windows 8 or not!
  5. Seeing as Windows 8 is supposed to be on multiple different hardware form factors, this would make sense to me. Stuff like DVD and Blu-Ray playback isn't going to be something that's going to be used in a tablet or an ultraportable / ultrabook or even possibly a smartphone if Windows 8 goes in that direction. A lot of the video experience will come from streaming services, and the profit margins on them aren't going to be very high, so licensing something as extensive as Dolby Digital Plus might very well be overkill, especially for entry-level devices.

    Leaving such licensing down to OEMs and ISVs might complicate things and makes us end-users dependent on them getting it working smoothly (which is definitely a worry of mine), but properly done it can leave us with a more accurate cost reflecting the more tailored, specific experience we ask for when we go for those types of devices.
  6. Mindwraith

    Mindwraith TS Enthusiast Posts: 186

    if your interested in 7.1 HD surround sound, you're probably going to invest in a proper home entertainment system. as opposed to playing movies on your computer. so this makes sense
  7. @Mindwraith, unless of course you're running an HTPC using Windows Media Centre.
  8. And of course OP, you never play any of your old DVD collection now that you have a shiny blu to treasure...
  9. z0phi3l

    z0phi3l TS Member

    Should be part of your hardware purchase, not the OS, what good is it for me to have DD support on say a tablet or an embedded system, but if I buy a BR or DVD player, that should have already gotten the required licences before the sale
  10. That sucks u must just have 6.1 then cause there are no titles with dts 7.1 yet...
  11. You are so wrong, currently there are over 500 bds that have dts ma 7.1, half of those are commercial movies, you can check them here


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