We’ve recommended VLC on more than one occasion, and for good reasons. It’s the swiss army knife of the video playback world. It supports more formats and codecs then we can count, installs quickly, and is updated frequently. With the upcoming release of Windows 8 however, it will start offering a new killer feature most people probably didn’t care about before - DVD playback. Microsoft’s decision to not support DVD playback in Windows 8 unless you shell out the extra cash for media center has created a ton of vitriol in comment feeds around the web, but also a pretty obvious question. If a free and open source app can offer the feature, why can’t Microsoft? ZDNet blogger Ed Bott set out to answer the question, and his findings may surprise you.
First announced back at CES of this year, Audiovox is just now kicking out the door its DFL01 Portable DVD Player with FLO TV support.
This portable gadget sports a 7-inch widescreen display with SD support up to 480p. It weighs just over 2 pounds and doesn't come with a ton of amenities - no HDMI, DVI, or Firewire ports; no SD card slots; no component video outputs; and no BD Live support, for example.
What it does come with is a built-in DVD player and three free months of FLO TV programming, after which time it'll run $15/month.
The Audiovox unit is available now from Best Buy and HSN for $200.
The tabletop radio made a major comeback a few years ago when Tom DeVesto, cofounder of Cambridge SoundWorks, left that company to form Tivoli Audio. But Tom’s old company hasn’t lost its knack for building great-sounding audio gear either, and the Cambridge SoundWorks’ SoundWorks i765 is a tabletop radio on steroids.