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Just bought a Blu Ray drive and am shopping around for a good player. Are the only three players available for windows: TotalMedia, WinDVD, and PowerDVD?? I downloaded the trial version of PowerDVD9 and have not been impressed. It launches, then when I hit play it simply unloads. Sometimes if I keep trying (3 to 15 times), it will go ahead and play. When it does play it looks and works fine. I don't like the splash screens on it either with all the ads etc, though perhaps those go away with the full version?

I will try the demo version of WinDVD too, and TotalMedia (if they have a demo version) but am wondering if there is anything else out there in the way of Windows Blu-Ray software players?
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post #2 of 9
You can change the splash screen and the skin. I have used both the ultra version of powerDVD9 and a lite version of powerDVD8 (that came with my BD drive) and neither behaved in the manner you described.
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post #3 of 9
inb4 anydvd/mpc-hc/vlc/cccp crap from people who don't know squat about blu-ray software.

Powerdvd9 is ok, i use it but i detest it. If you want different options (i.e. play your blu-ray in media center/WMP/MPC-HC) the i'd suggest doom9 forums, as they support this stuff full on. But on OCN, the topic is in a legal grey area and is not allowed to be discussed as per the TOS.
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post #4 of 9
Agreed on doom9, or even the AVS forums. That's where I've learned all my BD knowledge.
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TotalMedia is the only one that has worked well for me.
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post #6 of 9
PowerDVD 9 seems to work fine for me.
post #7 of 9
With the correct codecs you don't have to pay for a player.
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TotalMedia is the best one IMO, and it has GPU upscaling. oh, and it is easy to get in those not so legit ways.
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post #9 of 9
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Thanks all for the replies. I never was able to get the demo version of Power DVD (downloaded directly from their site working), but my blu-ray drive came with an OEM version of it (version 8) and that seems to be working (and not just unloading as soon as I hit play).

I downloaded the TotalMedia demo from Arcsoft and it looks nice, but has no audio. I called them today and they told me the demo version doesn't have a dolby decoder so it wouldn't have audio on any titles that have dolby, which, is like all of them lol. Why even bother with a demo version then?

Thanks again for the replies. I will check out AVS and Doom9. Thanks for the heads up!
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