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I was visiting Microcenter to look for odds and ends and I ended up spotting a huge pile (at Detroit area store) of Pioneer BD burner for $109 regular, $50 off, paid $59. Brand new. It's supposed to be able to do BD-DL as well as just about every other disc format except for DVD-R (paper only lists DVD+R)

Pioneer BDR-209DBK, black faceplate, OEM type with no cable, screw, or software.

Was $59 a good deal for brand new bare drive? There are way to *legally* watch BD movies without the software that is normally bundled with retail box costing a lot more. Currently Windows 7 (and 8 I believe) don't have BD playback support.

PS this had to be a coincidence. When CD-R first came out the blanks were expensive. When I got my first CD burner, blanks could be bought for $1 a disc. When DVD-R/DVD+R first came out they were several dollars a disc. When I got my first DVD burner, the DVD blank were $1 a disc. Today I got my first BD burner, and BD blanks are $1 a disc average. tongue.gif
    
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id say it was a good deal. i personally like pioneer as a brand
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I paid $60 a few months ago for a drive that only reads blue rays...and burns DVDs for what it is worth. A Blue Ray Combo drive.

Now if you can find a deal on the actual disks...I think the best deal I've ever seen on them had them at about $1 a piece. That makes for some expensive coasters if the burning fails.

...I don't ever plan on buying a blue ray burner, but yeah...I'd say that is a good price on one.
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Cool I'll keep it.

First order of business: fix something that the studio was too lazy to deal with. I loved Time Bandits movie when I was a child and I have USA BD version but it has NO subtitle at all. I tried Canadian version, it has only French subtitle. mad.gif I have older DVD of the same that do have English subtitle so there was no reason to leave out English subtitle. DVD however only does 480 at best and the difference between 480 and 1080 is like day and night.

Rip BD movie, rip DVD for subtitle file, combine subtitle with BD video, burn it, watch it in glorious 1080i video with subtitle so I can follow the movie.

Yeah I am deaf and have always depended on closed captioning or subtitle for any video.
    
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Cool I'll keep it.

First order of business: fix something that the studio was too lazy to deal with. I loved Time Bandits movie when I was a child and I have USA BD version but it has NO subtitle at all. I tried Canadian version, it has only French subtitle. mad.gif I have older DVD of the same that do have English subtitle so there was no reason to leave out English subtitle. DVD however only does 480 at best and the difference between 480 and 1080 is like day and night.

Rip BD movie, rip DVD for subtitle file, combine subtitle with BD video, burn it, watch it in glorious 1080i video with subtitle so I can follow the movie.

Yeah I am deaf and have always depended on closed captioning or subtitle for any video.

You should build a media machine...then you wouldn't have to burn it to disk. A what do you use for ripping Blue rays? DVDFab is the best blue ray player on the market in my opinion...it lets you skip the previews. I wouldn't mess with burning disks for a stand alone player or PS3.
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You should build a media machine...then you wouldn't have to burn it to disk. A what do you use for ripping Blue rays? DVDFab is the best blue ray player on the market in my opinion...it lets you skip the previews. I wouldn't mess with burning disks for a stand alone player or PS3.

90% of what I watch are on my laptop. I could plug the HDMI cable and watch it on my big screen. A portable media machine biggrin.gif

My stand alone player is a cheap Magnavox player that Walmart had for like $70 one of the first stand alone player under $100 a few years ago, it doesn't have anything useful beside playing disk (USB is for firmware updates, I checked. no network support). I do have a PS3 that I got last summer for $25. It still needs to be fixed so it has sat around gathering dust.

I don't have any blank BD yet so I'll probably just copy the video to my laptop and hook it up via HDMI.
    
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You should build a media machine...then you wouldn't have to burn it to disk. A what do you use for ripping Blue rays? DVDFab is the best blue ray player on the market in my opinion...it lets you skip the previews. I wouldn't mess with burning disks for a stand alone player or PS3.

90% of what I watch are on my laptop. I could plug the HDMI cable and watch it on my big screen. A portable media machine biggrin.gif

My stand alone player is a cheap Magnavox player that Walmart had for like $70 one of the first stand alone player under $100 a few years ago, it doesn't have anything useful beside playing disk (USB is for firmware updates, I checked. no network support). I do have a PS3 that I got last summer for $25. It still needs to be fixed so it has sat around gathering dust.

I don't have any blank BD yet so I'll probably just copy the video to my laptop and hook it up via HDMI.

Much better idea in my opinion...but then...I hate optical disks.
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