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post #1 of 17
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So I recently saw a post in the deals thread for a Blu-ray player on the egg for $35. I didn't own a Blu-ray player yet so I figured for $35, how can you go wrong? Going into this I knew it was an OEM drive and didn't come with software/ accessories, but this never bothered me before when purchasing other OEM parts such as HDDs or DVD burners.

I was under the impression that I could just put in a Blu-ray disk and watch the movie. But all I could find was a bunch of files contained on the disk, and nothing more. Well apparently from what I could find online, I need some expensive software that costs more than the drive itself just to watch a movie. Is this normal or does the manufacturer (LG) have some software available?
post #2 of 17
I'm fairly certain there's no free software for you to play Blu-Rays as you would, say, a DVD. I believe you can rip the Blu-Ray to your computer and play it with XBMC, which is free, but that's if you want to rip every disc you have onto your computer.

Really, for straight playback, your best bet is to just buy the software.
post #3 of 17

Power DVD or WinDVD play blu rays(not free) , you can use DVDfab to rip the blu rays and make an mkv file which you can play with xbmc / or vlc or MPC. 

basically there is no free software to play blu rays.

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I'm fairly certain there's no free software for you to play Blu-Rays as you would, say, a DVD. I believe you can rip the Blu-Ray to your computer and play it with XBMC, which is free, but that's if you want to rip every disc you have onto your computer.
Really, for straight playback, your best bet is to just buy the software.

So I either have to rip every single Blu-ray disk to watch my movies, or buy some overpriced program to watch it? That seems very impractical.
post #5 of 17
It's very impractical...unfortunately that's just how it works with Blu-ray. I found the same thing when I bought my Blu-Ray drive. Of course, mine was for a media server, so I wanted to rip them anyway, but it's still a nuisance.
post #6 of 17
hmm I thought VLC would play them but looks like it won't. It does play my ripped mkv files though.

I bought PowerDVD to play blu rays when I got my drive and though it cost money it does work good
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post #7 of 17
Nero multimedia will play blurays if you still have a full copy. Other thoughts would be:

Home Cinema: http://mpc-hc.sourceforge.net/downloads/
DvdFab Passkeylight : http://www.videohelp.com/tools/DVDFab-Passkey
Anydvd: http://www.videohelp.com/tools/AnyDVD

This can play bluray discs but you need a another program to decrypt it like DVDFab Passkeylite Free, DVDFab Passkey for Bluray paid version or AnyDVDHD paid version. Thanks
post #8 of 17
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This seems ridiculous. I tried powerdvd, loaded with bloat ware and a bunch of extra stuff I don't want. WinDVD just plain didn't work. Probably going to ask Newegg for a refund.

There really should be a warning with these drives about this nonsense. A cheap Blu-ray player at Wal-Mart is better off than paying for the drive then some overpriced software on top of it.
post #9 of 17
That's just what happens when buying OEM products. Just need to be extra sure you know exactly what you're getting, and what's not included that's necessary to make your product work. Can't assume anything with OEM.
post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by Dorm Room Hero View Post

That's just what happens when buying OEM products. Just need to be extra sure you know exactly what you're getting, and what's not included that's necessary to make your product work. Can't assume anything with OEM.

I completely agree with you, but I never knew that any software was required in the first place. I have bought many OEM products before and none of them required third party software so I never thought anything of it.

Next time I will have to do some more research.
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