Microsoft is trying to take advantage of unwary PC users by charging $15 for the new DVD Player app.
However, there are many free or less expensive options if you want to use your PC to watch Blu-ray or DVD movies or TV shows.
The most popular of these is VLC Player, which is free to download, although you can contribute to the upkeep of the project, which receives regular updates.
VLC Player can play pretty much any media format known to technology, and is a lot more flexible than Microsoft’s offering. It can also run on Macs and Linux PCs if you have a range of hardware.
It can also convert between video file formats and stream web content. It can also be configured to show a simple or powerful interface, depending on your needs.
There are also a range of applications you can pay for in the Windows store, or online like Cyberlink’s PowerDVD which supports the latest standards such as 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray 3D formats.
Whatever you go, for from free to expensive, they are generally speaking far better than Microsoft’s offering, which is purely there to support the ageing DVD standard, as most users go to Blu-ray or services like Netflix.
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