Microsoft previously said that Windows Media Center program will be available in Windows 8. Today, Microsoft detailed how the Windows Media Center will be included in Windows 8. As in Windows 7, Media Center won’t be packaged with Windows OS itself since it added codec licensing costs for all the customers.
Given the changing landscape, the cost of decoder licensing, and the importance of a straight forward edition plan, we’ve decided to make Windows Media Center available to Windows 8 customers via the Add Features to Windows 8 control panel (formerly known as Windows Anytime Upgrade). This ensures that customers who are interested in Media Center have a convenient way to get it. Windows Media Player will continue to be available in all editions, but without DVD playback support. For optical discs playback on new Windows 8 devices, we are going to rely on the many quality solutions on the market, which provide great experiences for both DVD and Blu-ray.
We will offer two ways to acquire Windows Media Center:
OEM pre-installed, clean install, or upgrade
Acquire & install via Add Features to Windows 8
Ending point Windows 8 Pro > Windows 8 Media Center Pack > Windows 8 Pro
with Media Center
Windows 8 > Windows 8 Pro Pack >
Read more on this in the source link below.
Source: Building Windows 8 Blog