- Sep 12, 2004
Windows 8 Pro and Windows Media Center (got this during the Windows Media Center 'free download' timeframe) only has DVD playback capability. I took another member on this forum's advice and snagged a copy and license of Arcsoft's Total Media Theater 6 ($40 download on Newegg) which completely restored blu-ray playback, and added features not existent in Windows 7 Windows Media Center, but it is additional costs for relatively similar capabilities.
7MC doesn't have native Blu-ray playback either, only standard DVD. You'll still need TMT or PowerDVD for Blu-ray unless you want to use MPC-HC. And with MPC-HC you'll need AnyDVD HD to get around encryption, which is still going to cost money.