License to Entertain

A while back, the Raspberry Pi foundation announced that they are selling additional codecs in their webstore. The Pi comes with H264 support out of the box, but MPEG2 and VC-1 (some Microsoft thingie) are nice to have as well.

Adding the simple license keys to the board configuration, more power is unlocked. Simple and easy!

However, in addition to enabling more media to be efficiently decoded, the world just learned the cost of a decoding license. More than 3 USD per device sums up to large pile of cash somewhere…

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