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The ability to play Blu-ray movies in OS X has been a bit of a sore spot for Mac users. When Blu-ray was being developed, Apple's presence as a supporter of the technology spurred much speculation and rumor that Mac users would be seeing native Blu-ray support in OS X. Unfortunately, to this date this has not happened, and Apple has progressively shied away from Blu-ray in support of alternative options like the iTunes store.

While Apple has claimed that the complex licensing for Blu-ray playback has been partly to blame for the lack of Blu-ray support, oddly the ability to create and burn Blu-ray movies has been readily available with tools like Final Cut Pro and Toast Titanium. It is more likely that Apple's reluctance to support Blu-ray revolves around its competition with Apple's preferred streaming media solutions.

Despite the controversies and frustrations with Apple's support of Blu-ray, native playback is finally here. Recently, developer Macgo released a new media player aptly named Mac Blu Ray Player, which is the first to bring full Blu-ray playback support to OS X. All you need to get Blu-ray up and running is the following:

The player is a simple drag-and-drop install and works by managing Blu-ray licensing through the Internet, so when you insert a disc and open it with the player, the system will manage the Advanced Access Content System keys and other content management features through the Macgo servers. Unfortunately this means there are some limitations, like not being able to play the movies if you have no Internet connection, but perhaps if you are reading this article, then you have all that's needed in this regard.

The Mac Blu Ray Player comes in a trial version that offers a free 3-month playback. During this time the player will put a watermark on the screen and some features may be disabled, but with the $39.95 license for the software, you should be able to play your movies in full.
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Ahh, the only problem is that your going to need a Internet Connection to play a protected disc as it needs to 'Advanced Access Content System keys and other content management features through the Macgo servers'. Seems good for the Macintosh OSX community to finally get a Application nevertheless of the internet connection.
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Just to state the (hopefully) obvious, is that you'll also need a Blu-ray player to begin with. The default Superdrive won't do it.
    
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I have blu-ray players throughout my house, so the need to watch a blu-ray on any of my MacBooks is nonexistent. My iMac is my office, where I never watch movies, because that's why I have HDTVs. While I'm sure some would like a blu-ray drive in their Mac, because they'd either actually use it or just because, I for one do not.

I'd be surprised if Apple ever included blu-ray support.
 
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