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I eventually want to buy some shows and movies on Blu Ray, but I'd rather just watch it on my computer than add yet more clutter to my room. No thanks. Will I have trouble watching movies because of copywrite if I try to play them in a burner vs a standard non-burner blu ray drive? I'm not really sure how this works, I've never even used a blu ray player before.

Some people told me earlier that I need to buy software to watch blu ray movies on a computer, and that it can be really pricy if I want a good viewing experience. Is there any way I can save some cash and still get a good experience? Good, not stellar. biggrin.gif I want a good viewing experience with friendly UI with a good amount of control and options, but without a steep learning curve, and to be able to watch all the extra content. So can someone clue me in on this whole blu ray thing? I never really gave it much thought until recently, and my DVD drive doesn't seem to be working... so I need a new drive for my PC. My old one is a Plextor DVD-/+RW.
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think the latest version of MPC can play blu-rays without any hassle.

Personally, I just rip blu-rays to my hard drive and play them with MPC using MadVR as a renderer. It's easy, free, gives me the absolute best quality, and I don't have to listen to my noisy blu-ray drive during a movie biggrin.gif
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I have 2 Blu-ray burner players in my tower, you can play any Blu-ray disk in them without any type of copy write issues.
now for Blu-ray software I use Cyberlink Power DVD to play my Blu-ray disk as windows media player won't.
I bought cyberlink power dvd from their site on-sale for $39.
what operating system do you have? I think the media player with windows 8 will decode a Blu-ray disk.
Edited by jlhawn - 4/11/14 at 8:23pm
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Hmmm interesting. I like that idea of just putting a blu ray on a drive. I don't like noisy optical drives either... and they all seem to make noise unless you pay a butt load for them.

7, I hate 8. lol
Edited by Drahadis - 4/13/14 at 3:44pm
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my 2 LG Blu-Ray burners/players don't make any noise.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136269
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Hmmm I've been looking through those LG's trying to find one that supports Dual Layer BD-RE. Anyone know if any of the LG's support that? All I see is BD-R....
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Hmmm I've been looking through those LG's trying to find one that supports Dual Layer BD-RE. Anyone know if any of the LG's support that? All I see is BD-R....

I just bought the standard LG Blu-ray players and they play dual layer, and I have even burned a dual layer movie to a dual layer blank disc just to see if it worked and it did. but 99% of the Blu-ray disk I copy Clone DVD will compress it for me so I can burn it to a single layer disk which cost a bunch less money.
but as far as I know all the Blu-ray players will play dual layer as most movies are dual layer, and as I have done they will copy dual layer. the player I linked on new egg shows it as a BD-RE




BD-R16XBD-RE2XDVD+R16XDVD+RW8XDVD-R16XDVD-RW6XCD-R48XCD-RW24XBD-R DL12XBD-RE DL2XDVD+R DL8XDVD-R DL8XDVD-RAM 5X
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post #8 of 14
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Oh wow those Re-writable dual later Blu Rays are expensive! But meh... they're still only double the price of the single layers that are half the capacity, so it works out to be exactly the same... but at half the physical storage size space. So I guess the dual layers are actually better. When are these things going to go down in price?

Hmmm I think you're talking about write, not re-write though.... or are you?
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Oh wow those Re-writable dual later Blu Rays are expensive! But meh... they're still only double the price of the single layers that are half the capacity, so it works out to be exactly the same... but at half the physical storage size space. So I guess the dual layers are actually better. When are these things going to go down in price?

Hmmm I think you're talking about write, not re-write though.... or are you?

a single layer blank dvd will hold the same amount as a dual layer blank dvd if you use a program like Clone DVD that has 4 options of the size you want to compress it down too, and when I play the movies the quality is the same as a dual layer, I run it along with SlySoft any DVD for decoding.
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Neat. But were you saying that blu ray burner does dual later write or rewrite?
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