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  1.    #1  
    So I'm thinking of getting a vizio 27 inch all in one with touch. It doesn't have a blu ray drive, so I'm gonna get this (http://amzn.to/S5vD9J). But since windows 8 can't play blu ray dics natively (and burn), what software can I get that can play them (I prefer free)? Thanks!!
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    I would think that player would have software to install to use Blu Ray disc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by palandri View Post
    I would think that player would have software to install to use Blu Ray disc.
    See, I don't know. But I hope it does. If anyone can find out, that would be great.
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    I believe VLC media player supports Blu-ray.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lak611 View Post
    I believe VLC media player supports Blu-ray.
    I heard it doesn't, well natively (meaning without hacking, messing with it, etc).
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    I can't imagine a bluray drive shipping without software to play video off of it. You can always DL the ultra violet version :) lol, I still think HDDVD was the better format.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sinime View Post
    I can't imagine a bluray drive shipping without software to play video off of it. You can always DL the ultra violet version :) lol, I still think HDDVD was the better format.
    Well, if it doesn't, what do I do? Vlc and windows media center only support DVDs. And hddvds were never better. There were more blu rays than hd DVDs when they were fighting.

    And what do you mean by DL the ultraviolet version?
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    Quote Originally Posted by unstoppablekem View Post
    Well, if it doesn't, what do I do? Vlc and windows media center only support DVDs. And hddvds were never better. There were more blu rays than hd DVDs when they were fighting.

    And what do you mean by DL the ultraviolet version?
    The "ultra violet" comment was meant as a joke... Many BD's come with ultra violet, where u can DL the movie and use the digital version to push to your phone/mobile device... They make it sound all great and dandy, but UV comes with DRM and you have to DL the movie within x days from the movies release on BD... It's a BS ploy to soften the blow of not being able to just rip the movie and do with it what u want... Although there are alternatives ;)
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    Okay. It comes with software. All good. Also, I could also get the Vso media player for free.

    But the question is, does it work with windows 8?
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    Okay, I'm buying this when I get my new PC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lak611 View Post
    I believe VLC media player supports Blu-ray.
    VLC only plays non encrypted Blu-rays, meaning only Blu-rays that you've burned yourself and not the ones that you buy. I have a VAIO pc that came with a Blu-ray burner running windows 8. The software that I used on windows 7 still works on windows 8.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jrexxx View Post
    VLC only plays non encrypted Blu-rays, meaning only Blu-rays that you've burned yourself and not the ones that you buy. I have a VAIO pc that came with a Blu-ray burner running windows 8. The software that I used on windows 7 still works on windows 8.
    Awesome, now I'm more confident!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by unstoppablekem View Post
    Okay. It comes with software. All good. Also, I could also get the Vso media player for free.

    But the question is, does it work with windows 8?
    VSO doesn't play encrypted BDs, same problem as VLC. In the comments on amazon, the guy mentioned that he used it with passkey for DVDFab, which costs 40$...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jrexxx View Post
    VSO doesn't play encrypted BDs, same problem as VLC. In the comments on amazon, the guy mentioned that he used it with passkey for DVDFab, which costs 40$...
    Okay, but it comes with its own software, so I'm fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by unstoppablekem View Post
    Okay, but it comes with its own software, so I'm fine.
    I think it's trial software :/ From one of the reviews: "Trial software packages to play blu-rays and do other media related things were
    included with the drive but I did not use them"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jrexxx View Post
    I think it's trial software :/ From one of the reviews: "Trial software packages to play blu-rays and do other media related things were
    included with the drive but I did not use them"
    If it is trial software, it must have a way to buy it, which I will if it works well.
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    I know for certain Plextor includes software (not trials... usually a slimmed down version that doesn't include all bells and whistles, just basic software for playback).

    I have bought 2 Plextor blu-ray drives in the past... one internal and one external. The external goes for about $100...
    Amazon.com: Plextor - PX-B120U - Bd-rom Drive - 24x (cd) / 8x (dvd) / 4x (bd) - Usb 2.0 - External: Computers & Accessories

    It is chunky, not slim, and its a reader only, no write... but I liked the weird form factor (looks like some old school CD player from the 90s) and it was all I really needed.

    I didn't use the software it came with though (pretty sure it was PowerDVD? But could have been WinDVD, I forget) because I already have ArcSoft Total Media Theater installed on my PCs. I also have an external HD-DVD drive (The Xbox one, I bought for SUPER cheap) and Total Media was the only program that could do DVD, HD-DVD and Blu-ray.

    Also, if you're talking about burning BDs, not just playback, realize you'll need separate software for that as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by K_lando View Post
    I know for certain Plextor includes software (not trials... usually a slimmed down version that doesn't include all bells and whistles, just basic software for playback).

    I have bought 2 Plextor blu-ray drives in the past... one internal and one external. The external goes for about $100...
    Amazon.com: Plextor - PX-B120U - Bd-rom Drive - 24x (cd) / 8x (dvd) / 4x (bd) - Usb 2.0 - External: Computers & Accessories

    It is chunky, not slim, and its a reader only, no write... but I liked the weird form factor (looks like some old school CD player from the 90s) and it was all I really needed.

    I didn't use the software it came with though (pretty sure it was PowerDVD? But could have been WinDVD, I forget) because I already have ArcSoft Total Media Theater installed on my PCs. I also have an external HD-DVD drive (The Xbox one, I bought for SUPER cheap) and Total Media was the only program that could do DVD, HD-DVD and Blu-ray.

    Also, if you're talking about burning BDs, not just playback, realize you'll need separate software for that as well.
    Well the Samsung doesn't just do more (read and writes), it costs less too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jrexxx View Post
    VLC only plays non encrypted Blu-rays, meaning only Blu-rays that you've burned yourself and not the ones that you buy. I have a VAIO pc that came with a Blu-ray burner running windows 8. The software that I used on windows 7 still works on windows 8.
    VLC only plays non encrypted Blu-rays ,you could try to use UFUSoft Blu-ray Player ,it can play Blu-ray Discs/ISO on windows 7/8
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    Updated version of TotalMedia Theater or PowerDVD.
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    Quote Originally Posted by neo9903 View Post
    Updated version of TotalMedia Theater or PowerDVD.
    IMO, TotalMedia Theater and PowerDVD are complete bloatware. It's super slow and loses functionality after a two or three years.

    However, I recently came across this new software that came out this spring. It was free when it first came out, was on special for $20, but now I'm not sure what it costs. It's called Leawo Blu-Ray Player. GET IT. It is super fast, extremely easy to use. NO BLOATWARE!!! :) The support team is continuously updating and accepts feedback from its users. It doesn't really get better than this.

    Just my two cents.

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