Windows Media Center (WMC) was a digital video recorder and media player created by Microsoft. It was available from 2002 to 2015. It can play and record live television, and organize and play digital images, music and video. It is included in Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows Vista Home Premium and Ultimate editions, and all Windows 7 editions except for Starter and Home Basic. It is also available for retail versions of Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8.1 Pro as an add-on.
Media Center can play slideshows, videos and music from local hard drives, optical drives and network locations. Users can stream television programs and films through selected services such as Netflix. Content can be played back on computer monitors or on television sets through the use of devices called Windows Media Center Extenders.
It is possible to watch and pause live TV. Up to six TV tuners on a tuner card are supported simultaneously. Both standard- and high-definition unencrypted video are supported through DVB-T and ATSC standards. It is possible to view encrypted private network television stations that are not broadcast over the air with internal and external tuner options that support the insertion of a CableCard provided by the cable TV company.
While Windows Media Center is not part of Windows 10, they are providing a free DVD playback app in Windows 10 called Windows DVD Player that will be installed after the first Windows Update.