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Bluray via PC

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
i know different blu ray players come with all sorts of varying features

however, if i get a blu ray drive [internal or ext] does it matter what i get? [ie, does the computer do ALL the work?]
post #2 of 10
Yep, pretty much. The only think that would make a difference is the software you use to decode the bluray.
post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 
thanks, i think ill go this route then, seems a lot simpler and cheaper than a standalone box
post #4 of 10
yup, it works very well. I went down this route myself and i found that the best player is Total Media Theater, it is easy to use and can handle almost every format and there are regular patch-releases so newly released blu-rays work...
post #5 of 10
I have a bluray media center PC but I came across a dvd that didn't play. It's the Terminator 2 Skynet edition. It loads up successfully maybe 1/20 times. Too bad since it's one of my favorite movies.

I'm using Powerdvd BD edition, 7.2 I believe. I got it free with my blu ray drive so I don't mind buying software.
post #6 of 10
You'll need, in addition to the drive:
  • Blu-ray software (PowerDVD, WinDVD) - some drives include this
  • A monitor that supports HDCP
  • A graphics card that supports HDCP

No HDCP = no or downscaled picture. I had to replace my old Dell 2005fpw because it didn't have HDCP.
post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 
yeah my current monitor and HDCP, and my laptop has a 790gtx graphics card,

would just have to choose the drive!
post #8 of 10
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post #9 of 10
Yes, that should work well. You might be able to save some cash though if you can find one without Blu-ray write capabilities.
post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 
i wouldnt mind write, for when the price of blanks come down
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