Again, what does the ability to save the speaker settings have to do with Dolby licensing fees Even for AAC and PCM audio (Dolby and DTS not involved)? Many people have said they would be willing to pay extra for this ability but ArcSoft is not interested.
Also, Cyberlink use to offer a codec pack for use in Windows Media Player. They no longer do this with the exception of an H.264 decoder.
You say it's not crippling, just business but in actuality, it is crippling even if it is business. I guess it's a matter of symantics and we'll just have to agree to disagree.
Originally Posted by almostinsane
If you created software why would you give it away for free? Look at all of the Linux software companies making money licensing their code. Almost none, huh? Wonder why?
Who said anything about giving it away for free? I've paid a significant amount of money to all three companies for their various softwares (especially Cyberlink who offers funtionality "coming soon as a free upgrade" and then makes you pay for a new version). If their software could do everything I needed/wanted, I wouldn't need to use decoders for other software. Why should I have to pay multiple licensing fees (and yes, I as a customer am the one paying the fees) to get the same functionality over and over?
Edit: Besides, if I purchase the program (TMT, PDVD, etc) and only use the decoders, they don't make any less money than if I purchase the program and use the player. So how exactly are the "giving away their software for free"?